CHICAGO (Friday, August 16, 2002) - The U.S. Olympic Committee's board of directors approved Marty Mankamyer as its next president on Thursday, making her the second woman to head the world's most powerful Olympic committee. Mankamyer, whose work with soccer at the national level dates back to the 1970s, had been serving as the USCO interim president since Sandy Baldwin resigned in May. She received a simple majority from the 123-member board after the USOC's Executive Committee selected her over Boston attorney Paul George and silver medal rower Larry Hough in a July 29 vote.
"I think most of us that think we have the best interest of the Olympic Committee at heart believe that we really nee to focus on developing leadership,'' Mankamyer said. ``We have the ability to build leadership and as a result, I'm perfectly willing to leave a legacy and help build that leadership.''
Mankamyer has been a member of the USOC Board of Directors since 1990, where she represented the U.S. Soccer Federation, and, as Vice Chair of the NGB Council, served on the USOC Executive Committee from 1992 to 1996.
The first woman elected to U.S. Soccer Federation's Executive Committee, Mankamyer led the successful effort to include women's soccer on the official program for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. In addition to serving as Assistant Chef de Mission for the U.S. Delegation at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, she was soccer delegation supervisor at the 1996 Olympic Games, water skiing supervisor and soccer liaison at the 1995 Pan American Games in Argentina, and soccer's volunteer at the 1983, 1979 and 1978 National Sports Festivals.
A native of Farmington, N.M., Mankamyer and her husband, Jack, have four daughters, three sons and nine grandchildren. She was born September 8, 1933.