AirTalk for January 23, 2014

From L.A. to Sochi Olympics: Interview with Anita DeFrantz

IOC 2016 Olympic Venue Announcement - Day Two

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U.S. IOC member Anita DeFrantz addresses the IOC members during the Chicago 2016 presentation on October 2, 2009 at the Bella Centre in Copenhagen, Denmark. The 121st session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will vote on October 2 on whether Chicago, Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro or Madrid will host the 2016 Olympic Games. (Photo by John Gichigi/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Anita DeFrantz

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.

Guest: 

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


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