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Name  Anita DeFrantz

Role  Olympic athlete
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Parents  Anita P. DeFrantz, Robert D. DeFrantz
Education  University of Pennsylvania Law School (1977), Connecticut College (1974), University of Pennsylvania

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Anita Lucette DeFrantz (born October 4, 1952) is an American Olympic rower, member of the International Olympic Committee, and former Vice-President of International Rowing Federation (FISA).


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DeFrantz was born in 1952 in Philadelphia, USA. A member of the Vesper Boat Club in her home city, she was captain of the American rowing team at the 1976 Summer Olympics winning the bronze medal in women's eight. In 1980 the government of the United States boycotted the Moscow Olympic Games. DeFrantz played a prominent role in the fight against this boycott.

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In 1986, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) appointed DeFrantz to lifetime membership in the organization. She became the first female vice-president of the IOC executive committee in 1997.

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On June 25, 2012, DeFrantz told that she would like to return to the IOC Executive Committee after having served on it from 1997 to 2001. She was elected back onto the IOC Executive Board on September 10, 2013 and she was just elected to a four-year term as IOC Vice President at the 131st IOC Session in Lima, Peru in September 2017.

DeFrantz is also on the board of the Al Oerter Foundation (AOF) which runs the Art of the Olympians (AOTO) program which is an international organization of Olympian and Paralympian artists promoting the Olympic values and ideals through educational and cultural programs and exhibitions.

In 2017, a plaque honoring her was unveiled in the L.A. Memorial Coliseum’s Court of Honor.


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