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U.S. Figure Skating announces team leaders for 2010

Parker, Dalley and Moyer will lead U.S. team at Vancouver Olympics

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(03/20/2009) - U.S. Figure Skating has announced the team leaders who will accompany Team USA to the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, Canada, Feb. 12-28, 2010. The three individuals are U.S. Figure Skating International Committee Chair Lorrie Parker, 1984 Olympian and International Skating Union (ISU) dance judge Richard Dalley, and U.S. Figure Skating's Senior Director of Athlete High Performance Mitch Moyer.

Applicants for team leader positions undergo a rigorous selection process. U.S. Figure Skating's Selections Committee nominates individuals, who must be approved by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). Both organizations consider each applicant's previous history or current activity as a U.S. Figure Skating athlete, official or coach; their knowledge and technical understanding of the sport's rules and regulations; and their working relationship with U.S. Figure Skating administration, athletes, coaches and officials. The USOC also mandates that one individual from amongst the U.S. Figure Skating staff be assigned to one of these positions.

Among the team leaders' various responsibilities include serving as an on-site liaison with the USOC; ensuring that athletes and coaches of Team USA have minimal distractions, proper rule interpretations and a "playing field" that is handled accurately and without compromise to the athlete; managing team operations and logistics; and attending all practices and administrative and technical meetings at the Games.

U.S. team leaders for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games

Lorrie Parker's principal role will be to serve as manager and technical advisor for the singles and pairs competitions. Parker has served as team leader for many international competitions, including the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final, two ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships and two World Figure Skating Championships. She is the chair of the International Committee and serves as a member of the Athlete Development, Judges, International Judges and Officials, Pairs, and Selections committees. Parker is an international judge for singles and pairs. She is also a double gold medalist (figures and freestyle) and a former competitor in singles and pairs. She serves as the vice president for the Kansas City Figure Skating Club.

Richard Dalley's principal role will be to serve as manager and technical advisor for the ice dance competition. Dalley has been involved in approximately 15 U.S. Figure Skating Championships and more than 21 ISU events. Additionally, he has served on numerous committees of U.S. Figure Skating and of the USOC. He was event director for the 1994 U.S. Championships in Detroit and has been team leader for numerous international competitions, including two ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, two ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series stops, and three World Figure Skating Championships. As a member of the USOC's Ethics Committee during its Salt Lake City bid for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, he was active in bringing in Mitt Romney to chair the Games. Dalley skated with former ice dancing partner Carol Fox for more than 15 years. During this time, they placed in the top three at nine U.S. Championships and 15 international events, culminating in a fifth-place finish at the 1984 Olympic Winter Games. They also won two world professional titles during their professional career from 1984-90.

Mitch Moyer's principal role will be to serve as team administrator. Moyer is the senior director of athlete high performance at U.S. Figure Skating, acts as the administrator for all of the governing body's athlete programs and is a staff liaison to the USOC. He has more than 25 years of figure skating coaching experience, has been a member of U.S. Figure Skating's Board of Directors and the PSA Board of Directors, served on six U.S. Figure Skating committees and five PSA committees, and has extensive experience in skating seminars and elite training camps. Moyer began coaching singles and pairs in 1981, with his skaters winning U.S. championships, U.S. junior championships and international titles. With Johnny Johns, Moyer coached 2006 Olympians and U.S. pairs silver medalists Marcy Hinzmann and Aaron Parchem throughout much of their career. Moyer won the 2004 PSA Sports Science Award; is a PSA Masters-rated professional in figures, freestyle and pairs; and has a level VII PSA ranking.

U.S. Figure Skating

U.S. Figure Skating is the national governing body for the sport of figure skating in the United States as recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and the International Skating Union. U.S. Figure Skating is comprised of approximately 1,450 member clubs and Basic Skills programs representing nearly 200,000 members. U.S. Figure Skating is charged with the development of the sport on all levels within the United States, including athletes, officials, sanctioning of events and exhibitions, and establishing the rules and guidelines by which the sport is governed.