Local U.S. Olympian and Cape Henlopen High School graduate Carrie Lingo serves on the U.S. Olympic Committee, Athlete Advisory Council.
The USOC AAC is responsible for broadening communication between the USOC and active athletes, and serves as a source of input and advice to the USOC Board of Directors. The AAC consists of at least one athlete from each sport in which the United States is represented at the Olympic and Pan American Games. Lingo represents field hockey.
With Rio 2016 Olympics on the horizon, the USOC AAC is busy making sure the athletes are getting what they need to remain successful. Recently, Lingo, along with a dedicated group of USOC AAC volunteers, met in San Diego, Calif., for a two-day intense meeting schedule to discuss issues relating to safe sport, health insurance, gender equality and many other issues.
“The group of athletes involved are incredible!" Lingo said. "Each athlete representative of both Olympic and Paralympic takes a step away from their individual sport, and they come together to protect all sports. My focus currently is revamping our elite athlete health insurance, a big task, but one I am happy to do if it means our future athletes are protected, especially our future elite athletes of Delaware.”
Shown at the latest meeting in California are (l-r) James Gillenwater, USA Rugby; Carrie Lingo, USA Field Hockey; and Curt Tomesevicz, bobsled gold medalist.