The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced today the election of three-time Olympian Carl Swenson (Salt Lake City, Utah) to the USADA Board of Directors. Swenson, who competed in cross country skiing at the 1994, 2002 and 2006 Olympic Winter Games, will serve as an athlete member on the 10-person board.
An eleven-time U.S. National Champion in cross country skiing, Swenson competed for the U.S. Ski Team on the World Cup 1995-2006, was captain of the U.S. Ski Team and Olympic teams 2002-2006, and placed fifth at the 2003 World Championships. As a professional mountain biker, Swenson competed on the World Cup Tour 1996-2004, represented the United States in five World Championships, earned a silver medal at the 1999 Pan American Games and was a U.S. National Champion in 2000.
In addition to his athletic accomplishments, Swenson represented North America at International Ski Federation (FIS) meetings 2004-2006 and was an athlete representative to the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association Board of Directors 2006-2007.
â€œWe are extremely fortunate that Carl Swenson has agreed to join our board,â€ said USADA Board of Directors Chair Dr. Ralph W. Hale, M.D. â€œCarl’s experience as an elite athlete in two sports, plus his representation of his fellow skiers nationally and internationally, will benefit USADA and the thousands of athletes we serve in the pursuit of drug-free sport.â€
â€œUSADA has been a strong weapon in the fight for doping-free sports and vital in helping clean athletes compete,â€ Swenson said. â€œAs a recently retired athlete who has benefitted from USADA’s mission, I am excited and honored to join the board of directors. I believe that USADA directly serves the interest of all athletes, fans and supporters who believe in fair and clean competition.â€
Swenson is currently attending the University of Utah S.J. Quinney School of Law and expects to complete his juris doctorate degree in May 2009. He previously earned a degree in political science at Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire.
USADA is responsible for the testing and results management process for athletes in the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement. USADA is equally dedicated to preserving the integrity of sport through research initiatives and educational programs.