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US Olympic Committee to Be Led by Woman

Sandra Baldwin was elected 22nd president of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) this weekend, making her the first woman ever to hold the position. Baldwin defeated Paul George 108-96 in the election. Her career in sports began in the 1960s when she timed her son in competitive swimming. Baldwin’s colleagues characterize her as very concerned with and cognizant of feminist issues, but determined to break barriers placed before her. From 1982-1984, she was president of USA Swimming, making her the first woman president of any Olympic sport that was not an all-women sport. Her current position as president of the USOC sends a message, she says, that a long-time conservative organization is changing.

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New York Times - December 4, 2000