Candace Cable, nine-time Paralympian and leader of the adaptive sport movements, has been appointed Vice Chair of LA 2024. Cable consults across the world with non-governmental organizations, government agencies, non-profits, and sports groups on creating inclusive environments for people with disabilities. LA 2024 says she will be instrumental in ensuring that an LA Games in 2024 will provide the best possible athlete experience for both Olympians and Paralympians.
Cable was the first American woman to win medals in both the Summer and Winter Paralympics – 12 medals including eight gold. She is widely recognized as a pioneer of wheelchair racing, having participated in creating race director guidelines and fine-tuning elements of the sport such as rules and endorsements.
Cable said of her appointment, “as an Angeleno, I couldn’t be more excited to join the team working to bring the Games back to a city that loves them. There’s no place in the world that is home to more Olympians and Paralympians than Los Angeles, and that’s no coincidence”.
LA 2024 Chairman Casey Wasserman said, “Candace’s insights will be invaluable to LA 2024 as our bid progresses. Candace embodies LA 2024’s guiding principles – she’s a hard-working, hard-dreaming optimist at the cutting edge of her field.”
The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) also announced Monday that the official Team USA send off to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games will take place on Venice Beach in Los Angeles on July 23-24.
Los Angeles is bidding for the 2024 Summer Games against Budapest, Rome and Paris. The host city will be selected by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in September 2017.