He may not be a competitor, but Patrick Sandusky is a true Olympic champion. In his current role with the United States Olympic Committee, he oversees the organization’s communications division in Colorado Springs, CO, and its government relations office in Washington, DC. In addition to serving as spokesman for the organization and a key adviser to its leadership, he is responsible for the Olympic Visitor Center and US Olympic Hall of Fame. He has played a key role in creating a stronger image for the committee, helping position it as a global ambassador, not only of Team USA, but the Olympic Games as a whole.
Prior to joining the organization, Sandusky was VP for communications and chief spokesman for the Chicago 2016 bid committee, where he led an international communications campaign that showcased the city and its story. While the Games went to Rio de Janeiro, many commentators worldwide described Chicago’s bid as the finest ever presented by an American city.
During his time with Chicago 2016, Sandusky was an executive-on-loan from Hill+Knowlton Strategies. As the VP of H+K’s sports marketing practice, he managed large-scale multinational communications programs for both the Chicago and London offices. In his four years in London, he led 27 H+K offices around the globe working on London’s successful bid for this year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games.
In addition to his efforts with the Olympic movement, Sandusky has worked on projects related to Wimbledon, the World Cup, Rugby World Cup, English Premiership, NASCAR, and college football for clients such as Gillette, Nestlé, Robinsons, Allstate Insurance, Gatorade, and Chelsea Football Club.
"Few American communications professionals have played a more central role in the advancement of the Olympic movement and the business of the Games over the course of the last decade," says Mark Jones,director of communications for the US Olympic Committee.