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FEB 2017

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Page 8 of 59 February 2017 9 nize the values on which our nation, as well as the Olympic Movement, were founded." Ogrean To Leave USA Hockey COLORADO SPRINGS, CO — USA Hockey Executive Director Dave Ogrean an- nounced he will retire August 1 after a combined 18 years as head of the national governing body, a period which saw the organization's players more than double and the women's team medal at every Olympic Winter Games. Ogrean first served as USA Hockey executive director from 1993-99 and later re- turned to the position in 2005. "We've had someone in Dave Ogrean who has helped establish USA Hockey as truly one of the preeminent national governing bodies in America during his time as executive director," said Jim Smith, president of USA Hockey. "Over this last 12-year period since he returned and during his previous time in the position in the '90s, Dave has had an extraordinary impact on advancing our organization and growing the sport." "I know he's looking for- ward to retirement but we're very happy he's agreed to stay on board in an advisory role to help in the transition and go- ing forward with fundraising efforts and other projects that arise. His positive impact on USA Hockey will continue to be felt for a long, long time." Ogrean serves on the Unit- ed States Olympic Committee board of directors, a role he began in December 2010, and is on the board for the Broadmoor World Arena, as well as a member of El Pomar Foundation's Pikes Peak Council. Events Mile Road Championships Return to Des Moines DES MOINES — The USA Track & Field (USATF) 1 Mile Road Championships will be returning as part of the annual Grand Blue Mile in 2017 and 2018. The addition of the prestigious championships further elevates the elite-level competition of the Grand Blue Mile and is expected to attract several 2016 Olympians from across the country to vie for a national title and share of the $30,000 prize purse. The Grand Blue Mile also hosted the 2013 and 2014 USATF 1 Mile Road Champi- onships. "We are honored to wel- come back the USATF 1 Mile Road Championships to the Midwest's premier commu- nity street run," said Chris Verlengia, Wellmark corporate sponsorship manager. Coming off the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the 2017 Grand Blue Mile has the potential to see several medalists and finalists return to Des Moines. ► t SPORTS Talk This is where Legends are made, Rivalries are put to the test & where records are broken. Let Odessa help you score big with your next event! ODESSACVB.COM | 4323337871

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