As a four-time Olympian, Angela Ruggiero, a former Harvard standout, knows a little something about what it takes to host the biggest spectacle in all of sports.
In her new role with the International Olympic Committee, the Simi Valley, California native will serve on the evaluation commission that will inspect the three cities competing to host the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
Ruggiero is one of four Americans on the 11-member panel that will travel to potential host cities Munich, Germany; Annecy, France; and Pyeongchang, South Korea, for on-site inspections from February 8-March 5, 2011.
The host city for the 2018 Winter Games will be selected on July 6 in Durban, South Africa.
Joining Ruggiero on the panel are Dwight Bell, representing the Association of International Olympic Winter Games Federations; Ann Cody a member of the International Paralympic Committee; and Grant Thomas, an expert in infrastructure.
Ruggiero was previously named to the IOC Athletes' Commission during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, B.C.