US Olympics Chief Will Step Down

Streeter's decision follows Chicago bid, no-confidence vote
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 7, 2009 12:15 PM CDT
Stephanie Streeter.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – With the sting of Chicago's loss still fresh, the acting chief of the US Olympic Committee has decided to step down before being pushed out. Stephanie Streeter said today she will not seek the job on a permanent basis and will leave by March. The decision comes five days after Chicago's first-round exit in the 2016 competition and on the same day leaders of America's Olympic sports organizations completed a survey that can be viewed only one way: Streeter must go.

By a vote of 40-0, the leaders responded "no" to the question, "Do you believe the acting CEO has the ability to be an effective leader of the Olympic Movement?" The USOC will hire a national recruiting firm to search for Streeter's replacement by the end of the month. Streeter said she realized some people would view her decision as a direct result of the Chicago vote, but said she "made this decision prior to the bid."