BlazeSports’ Director of Policy and Global Outreach, Ann Cody, recently returned from visits to the three bid cities vying to win the privilege of hosting the 2018 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. Ann is one of 11 members of the International Olympic Committee’s Evaluation Commission for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Games which is composed of representatives of the Olympic and Paralympic Movement as well as a number of advisors. Ann has been an IPC Governing Board Member since 2005, and was Chairperson of the IPC Education Committee from 2007-2009.
The 2018 Evaluation Commission analyzed the candidate city files in Lausanne, Switzerland, home to the IOC Headquarters in February, and the Commission is made on-site inspections of the three bidding cities. Ann recently returned from visits to PyeongChang, Korea and Annecy, France and Munich, Germany. Among the many meetings and presentations held during the visits, Presidents Nicolas Sarkozy (France), Lee Myung-bak (Korea) and Chancellor Angela Merkel (Germany) discussed the advantages their respective bid cities possess. The Commission will issue its report to IOC members in May ahead of the election of the host city on 6 July 2011, during the 122nd IOC Session in Durban, South Africa.
The 2018 Evaluation Commission is led by IOC Member Gunilla Lindberg. Additional members of the Commission are: Ann Cody (USA), Gilbert Felli (SUI), Angela Ruggiero (USA), Barry Maister (NZL), Dwight Bell (USA), Tsunekazu Takeda (JPN), Simon Balderstone (AUS), Philippe Bovy (SUI), John Mclaughlin (CAN), and Grant Thomas (USA).