- The Washington Times - Friday, February 24, 2006

Following an International Olympic Committee press conference yesterday, IOC president Jacques Rogge, trailed by an entourage and photographers, strolled through the print reporters’ section of the Main Media Center. Much of the activity in the big room suddenly halted.

To many of those who worship the so-called Olympic Movement, Rogge is an imposing and revered figure. Personally, I don’t get it; he’s a guy in a suit who makes a lot of money trying to keep anti-doping one step ahead of the Austrians.

Still, I expected him to stop along the way, General Patton-like, and say to a random scribe, “Hello, son, where you from?” It would have been even better if Rogge found a writer starting to crack after two weeks of 15-hour days, endless bus rides and Chad and Shani, and slapped him.

Bob Cohn


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