District of Columbia Olympic Committee
The District of Columbia, American Samoa, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, while part of the United States, each only have one, nonvoting delegate in the U.S. House of Representatives. However, unlike those other American territories, D.C. lacks its own "National" Olympic Committee.
In late 2005, a group of D.C. residents, headed by Mike Panetta, launched the DC Olympic Committee (DCOC) with their first team, curling. Started with D.C. voting rights in mind, this advocacy group seeks to gain recognition from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as an official member.
In 2008, the sport chosen was racewalking.
- Washington Post article on the curling team
- Express article on the racewalking team
- Fox 5 DC video on the curling team.
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