May 11, 2015
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced today the election of three-time Olympian Philip Dunn of San Diego, CA to the USADA Board of Directors. Dunn, an athlete in the sport of Track & Field (Racewalking), was recommended by the United States Olympic Committee Athletes Advisory Council and will serve as an athlete representative on the independent 10-person USADA Board. Dunn fills the position previously occupied by skiing and mountain biking athlete Carl Swenson, who just completed his final term, having served on the board since 2007. Swenson had served as Treasurer for the USADA Board a position which will now be held by Dr. Cheri Blauwet.
“We are excited to welcome Philip to the USADA board,” said USADA Board Chairman Edwin C. Moses. “Philip’s experience as an elite athlete, along with his previous service representing his fellow athletes, brings a unique and valuable perspective to the Board of Directors, which will greatly benefit both USADA and the clean athletes we serve.”
Dunn was an outstanding competitor in the track and field event of racewalking, representing Team USA at the 2000, 2004, and 2008 Olympic Games, and the 1999, 2003, and 2007 Pan American Games in the 50km (31 mile) distance. Dunn won a bronze medal at the 1999 Pan American Games and a silver medal at the 2003 Pan Am Racewalk Cup. An eight-time U.S. National Champion, Dunn was previously elected by his athlete peers to serve as an Athlete Member on the USA Track & Field Board of Directors after the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. In 2012, he served as the Race Director for the US Olympic Team Trials, an event he had won four years earlier.
Regarding the departure of board member Carl Swenson, Moses added, “Carl will be greatly missed and his contributions to this organization are immeasurable. He has been fearless in his commitment to USADA’s mission and his leadership and devotion to clean athletes and the integrity of sport has been a large part of USADA’s growth and success over the last eight years.”
“As a clean athlete I was proud to represent Team USA, and I am excited about this opportunity to continue to serve my fellow athletes by joining the USADA Board of Directors,” said Philip Dunn. “I look forward to working with my colleagues on the Board and the USADA staff to pursue USADA’s mission on behalf of all clean athletes.”
Dunn is a graduate of Carleton College in Minnesota and is currently immersed in the sustainable agriculture movement in the San Diego region. He is founder and coordinator of the Harvesting San Diego program and serves on the Board of Directors of the non-profit San Diego Roots Sustainable Food Project. He is an active organic farmer and beekeeper as a founding member of the Agua Dulce Cooperative Farm in Chula Vista, CA. Since retiring from Olympic-level competition, Dunn has transitioned into his favorite new physically-demanding activity, child rearing, as an active stay-at-home dad.
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