Top U.S. Olympic Liaison Resigns Over Controversy About SSM Views


Last week Olympic gold medal winner Peter Vidmare was chosen as chief of mission for the London Olympics in 2012, which the AP explains made him the liaison officer for the American team in its dealings with the International Olympic Committee and local organizers. Last Friday he chose to resign after it became public that he opposed SSM during Prop 8 (and still opposes it):

“I simply cannot have my presence become a detriment to the U.S. Olympic family,” Vidmar said in a statement released by the U.S. Olympic Committee. “I hope that by stepping aside, the athletes and their stories will rightly take center stage.”

... In a story on the Chicago Tribune’s website Thursday, openly gay figure skater and two-time Olympian Johnny Weir called Vidmar’s selection “disgraceful” because of Vidmar’s opposition to gay marriage.

...Vidmar told the Tribune his personal beliefs would have no bearing on his role as chief, and that he would “respect the rights of all our athletes, regardless of their race, their religion or their sexual orientation.”

“I believe Peter would have served our athletes well,” USOC CEO Scott Blackmun said Friday. “But given the nature of this issue, I certainly respect his decision to resign.”


  1. marriedmamaof5
    Posted May 9, 2011 at 11:46 am | Permalink

    I see the thought police have been at it again. Now who's being marginalized and oppressed?

  2. Barb
    Posted May 9, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    I'm sorry Vidmar resigned. There's no doubt he'd have done a great job. But he's probably also correct that SSM propagandists would have tried to equate his opinion on SSM with bigotry, thereby drawing attention away from the athletes.

    I respect a person's right to live as they choose. I do not agree with the redefinition of marriage.

    the *real* Barb

  3. Mike Brooks
    Posted May 9, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

    Homosexuals have no political power; I know because that's what the homosexual marriage team claimed in the Prop8 trial.

    It actually would make sense that such a radical group would have little political power, and yet time and again we see people cave to its pressure. Have the youth been bamboozled into believing that this is a civli rights issue?

  4. Posted May 9, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

    If Mr. Vidmare was a homosexual, would he have had to resign if a famous Christian athlete objected to his appointment as Chief of Mission?

  5. John Noe
    Posted May 9, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

    Post number #2 is absouteley ridiculous. It is a scenaro that never happens. There are already homosexuals in prominent positions in the government and elsewhere and their is no mass maovement among heterosexuals to have them removed.
    Peter V. deserved to keep his post. His views on marriage had nothing to do with sports. No American should have his job lost because of his views on marriage.

  6. Mike Brooks
    Posted May 9, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

    Bing! - Pow! - Zap! Great comment Mantronikk!

  7. Barb
    Posted May 9, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

    We are in agreement. What makes my post ridiculous?
    the *real* Barb

  8. Chairm
    Posted May 9, 2011 at 10:23 pm | Permalink

    Nothing will be left uncorrupted by SSM campaign if society does not turn back the assertion of the supremacy of gay identity politics.

  9. John Noe
    Posted May 10, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

    I misstyped in my post. I was referring to post#4.