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February 2017 8 www.sportseventsmagazine.com "Dr. Blauwet's achieve- ments on and off the field of play give her a unique perspective on sports gover- nance and we're pleased to welcome her to the USOC board," said Probst. "She is extremely well-versed in areas of medicine and the effort to protect clean athletes, and we are confident that she will have an immediate and lasting impact on the USOC and the athletes we serve." A seven-time Paralympic medalist, Blauwet joins the USOC board of directors after leading the IPC Medical Committee at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. With a degree from Stanford Medical School, she maintains an ac- tive sports medicine practice at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, while also serving as an instructor in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School. She is also a four-time winner of the Los Angeles Marathon and a two-time winner of both the Boston and New York City Marathons. "I am tremendously honored to serve on the USOC board of directors, bringing my back- ground as an athlete and exper- tise as a physician to the fore, as well as my experience from the Paralympic Movement," said Blauwet. "I look forward to serving alongside this tremen- dous group of professionals to best elevate the success of our country's Olympic and Paralympic athletes." Blauwet fills the seat of outgoing independent director Ursula Burns, who completed her elected term in December 2016. Athletes to Get Expedited Access DENVER — The U.S. government has told the U.S. Olympic Committee that the travel ban put in place by President Trump's executive order shouldn't impact ath- letes traveling to the United States for international events. In a statement, USOC lead- ers said the government told them it would work to ensure athletes from all countries would have expedited access to the United States for inter- national competitions. The U.S. wrestling team travels to Iran in March for a World Cup event and the head of the federation said plans are still in place for that trip. Other events in the United States later this year include the Boston Marathon and Prefontaine Classic in track and field, World Cup cycling events, the BMX World Championships and a World Cup archery contest. "We're in contact with [track's international feder- ation] and the USOC, and we're all committed to doing whatever we can for athletes to travel however they need to for events," said Jill Geer of USA Track & Field. All this comes with the International Olympic Com- mittee set to award the 2024 Olympics in September. Los Angeles is a finalist, along with Paris and Budapest, Hungary. In a statement, Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti depicted the bid as one for "a low-risk Games that gathers nations together, showcases American values, and brings benefits, not burdens, to our commu- nity." "I am confident that the IOC will evaluate our bid on these merits," Garcetti said. In announcing their latest contact with the government, USOC chairman Larry Probst and CEO Scott Blackmun issued a joint statement recognizing that "the Olympic Movement was founded based upon principles of diversity and inclusion." "We also acknowledge the difficult task of providing for the safety and security of a nation," the statement said. "It is our sincere hope that the executive order as implement- ed will appropriately recog- t SPORTS Talk FAIRFAX COUNTY, VA — The EagleBank Arena (originally the "Patriot Center") is a 10,000-seat facility located on the main campus of George Mason University in Fairfax County, Virginia, located just outside of Washington, D.C. This arena at Virginia's largest public university hosts more than 150 events annually – sports events, concerts, family shows, and commencement ceremonies – and draws some 525,000 peo- ple annually. Best known as the home of GMU men's and women's bas- ketball teams, EagleBank arena broke basketball attendance records after an unforgettable underdog season in 2005-2006 when the men's team made it to the Final Four of the NCAA championships. "In addition to college basketball, we've hosted a variety of professional and amateur events over the years in vol- leyball, wrestling, boxing, mixed martial arts, cheerleading, gymnastics, and tennis," said Barry Geisler, General Manager of EagleBank Arena. "Fairfax County's tourism assets and proximity to our nation's capital are huge pluses to sports planners." n Athletes Soar at EagleBank Arena Sponsored Content EagleBank Arena, GMU