The Chuck Wielgus Blog: " You Mean You Weren't a Swimmer?"
Sometimes when I meet somebody for the first time they are surprised to find out that I was not a competitive swimmer. The conventional thinking is that anybody responsible for leading an Olympic sports governing body must have been a competitor in that particular sport at one time.
The Chuck Wielgus Blog: Pierre de Coubertin’s Dream
Shortly after the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games, I signed on as the executive director for the U.S. Canoe and Kayak Team. I spent almost two quads leading this NGB, and it was, for me, a great education about international sport.
The Chuck Wielgus Blog: A Summer of Champions
In my role as executive director, it’s important that while I focus on what we do to grow the sport of swimming, I also stay on top of what is happening with other sports. It’s especially important that I follow what other sports are doing to market themselves to the general public. In this way, I’m able to work with our staff to ensure that we are constantly looking for ways to learn from others and better promote our own sport of swimming.
The Chuck Wielgus Blog: Swim City U.S.A.
From June 26 to July 3 the eyes of the sporting world will turn to Omaha, Nebraska -- aka “Swim City U.S.A.” – for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Swimming.
The Chuck Wielgus Blog: Ray Essick
American Swimming said goodbye to a lion recently, with the passing of Ray Essick. Ray was USA Swimming’s first Executive Director, assuming the role in 1980.
The Chuck Wielgus Blog: Morning Swim
Recently, I was in Washington DC on USA Swimming business. The day’s meeting wrapped up around 1:30 p.m. on a Friday afternoon, so I rented a car and drove up to Philadelphia to spend the weekend with my two sons and four grandkids.
Chuck Wielgus Blog: Be Nice
I’ve been fortunate to be around a lot of athletes from many different sports. Some of these athletes have been arrogant and self-centered, and some have been humble and thoughtful. How an athlete acts will be how people will judge him or her. That’s only natural.
The Chuck Wielgus Blog: Our Core Objectives & Cultural Values
The senior staff leadership team at USA Swimming is hard at work putting together the business plan for the next quad (2017-20). The 2020 Business Plan will provide an outline of the goals and strategies that we, as an organization and individuals, will be working toward.