On February 25th I became an official member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). I was elected by my fellow Olympic athletes along with Emma Terho (FIN) to an 8 year term on the Athlete’s Commission.
The Olympic movement is important to me. The Olympic spirit unites countries around the world, provides a “stadium of dreams” for aspiring athletes and promotes a message of peace and togetherness.
The greatest thrill for me is to walk into the stadium during opening ceremonies joined by athletes from around the globe. The Olympic motto of “faster, higher, stronger” inspires me to strive for perfection in everything I do.
I bring my experience, passion and dedication to the IOC Athlete Commission to strengthen the Olympic movement to insure an Olympic legacy for generations to come. I am focused on protecting clean athletes, helping athletes develop their abilities outside of sport, and promoting Olympic games that are environmentally sustainable.