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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Monday, February 10, 2003

Frazier chosen to lead U.S. to Athens Games

Advertiser Staff

University of Hawai'i athletic director Herman Frazier yesterday was chosen by the United States Olympic Committee to lead the U.S. delegation at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.

"This is a tremendous honor," Herman Frazier said.

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Frazier's appointment was unanimously approved by the USOC Executive Committee during its meeting in Chicago. It is subject to the approval of the full USOC Board of Directors, which is scheduled to meet April 12-13 in Fort Worth, Texas.

It is the first time in its history that the USOC selected an Olympic gold medalist to the position of Chef de Mission. Frazier, 48, will be in charge of the entire 800-plus member U.S. team, including athletes, officers and support personnel.

"This is a tremendous honor and I truly respect the opinion of my peers who have selected me for this prestigious position," said Frazier, a two-time Olympian and member of the gold medal 4x400 relay team in Montreal.

"Little did I know after competing in Montreal that I would return with the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team in Athens as the Chef de Mission," he said. "I look forward to working with our great group of athletes, support staff and volunteers who will be involved in the Games."

Frazier, who is in his second term as a USOC vice president, has been active in the organization for more than 20 years. He is in the first year of a three-year contract with UH.