2017 Olympic SportsLink Agenda

Subject to change

Sunday, August 20


Golf Tournament

Bayou Oaks City Park

2-4 p.m.

Visit Myrtle Beach Basketball Tournament

Tulane University

2:30-5:30 p.m.


Lobby, Hilton New Orleans Riverside - 2 Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA

6-8 p.m.

Welcome Reception With Food and Drinks at Pat O's on the River

600 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA

Sponsored by Charlotte NC

Monday, August 21

Ernest N. Morial Convention Center - All SportsLink sessions held in the Rivergate Room ,1st floor

7-8 a.m.

Registration (Foyer located outside of Rivergate Room)

7:30-8 a.m.

Breakfast (Foyer located outside of Rivergate Room)

8:10-9 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Emcee: Jonny Moseley, 1998 Olympic gold medalist, freestyle skiing

8:10-9 a.m.

Female Trailblazers of Team USA

  • Moderator: Denise Parker, USA Archery CEO, three-time Olympian; 1988 Olympic bronze medalist, archery
  • Erin Hamlin, three-time Olympian, 2014 Olympic bronze medalist, luge
  • Ibtihaj Muhammad, 2016 Olympic bronze medalist, fencing
  • Claressa Shields, two-time Olympic gold medalist (2012, 2016), boxing
  • Alana Nichols, five-time Paralympian; four-time Paralympic medalist (2008, 2010, 2014), wheelchair basketball, alpine skiing and canoe/kayak

9-10 a.m.

Sponsors in Support of Athletes

  • Lisa Baird, USOC CMO
  • Rick Adams, USOC Chief of Sport Operations and Paralympics
  • Alan Ashley, USOC Chief of Sport Performance

10-10:15 a.m.


10:15-11:15 a.m.

How to Engage Your Audience Before, During and After the Event: Track and Field Junior Olympics

  • Jill Geer, USA Track & Field CMO
  • Bob Sanner, Director of Sport Markets at Lawrence, Kansas CVB

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

New Sports for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, Featuring Representatives and Athletes From Surfing, Climbing and Skateboarding

  • Greg Cruse, USA Surfing CEO
  • Kynan Waggoner, USA Climbing CEO
  • Josh Friedberg, USA Skateboarding, CEO
  • Paul Rodriguez, professional skateboarder
  • Nathaniel Coleman, 2020 Olympic hopeful in climbing
  • Jordy Collins, 2020 Olympic hopeful in surfing

12:30-1:30 p.m.

SportsLink Joint Lunch With NGB Best Practices (Foyer located outside of Rivergate Room)

7-10 p.m.

Reception for SportsLink, NGB Best Practices and Connect Sports at Mardi Gras World

Mardi Gras World - 1380 Port of New Orleans Place, New Orleans, LA - on the south end of the Convention Center


Enjoy a night of fun on the banks of the Mississippi River at the Mardi Gras World/River City Venues, where music and food is woven into the cultural fabric of the community. Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and tastes of New Orleans while you experience an evening of tasty bites, perfectly poured drinks and unexpected surprises.

Host Sponsor

New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau

Exclusive Partner