Anita DeFrantz knows a thing or two about the Olympics. She won the bronze medal for rowing in 1976, and fought against the Olympic Games boycott, although unsuccessfully, in 1980. For almost 30 years, she has headed the nonprofit organization LA84 Foundation, which helps create sports opportunities for young people and was created with surplus funds from the 1984 Summer Games in Los Angeles. DeFrantz is also a senior U.S. member of the International Olympic Committee.
With the Sochi Olympics just around the corner, Larry talks to DeFrantz about many of the big-picture issues facing the Olympic movement, as well as security concerns in Sochi, and Los Angeles’ chances at hosting the Games again in 2024.
Anita DeFrantz, senior U.S. member of the International Olympics Committee and President of LA84 Foundation, created after the 1984 Summer Olympic Games to support local youth sports opportunities