Winter Olympics: Eccles' Ambitions Survive Scandal
Keating, Steve, The Independent (London, England)
SPENCER ECCLES, the head of one of Utah's wealthiest families and a man who was investigated in the Salt Lake City Olympic bribery and corruption scandal, has been appointed as the mayor of the 2002 Winter Games athletes' village.
Eccles, the chairman and chief executive officer of the Wells Fargo banks, a well-known philanthropist and a former member of the United States ski team, will be among the first to greet athletes and dignitaries as they arrive at the village when it opens on 29 January.
One of the driving forces behind Salt Lake City's efforts to bring the Winter Games to Utah, Eccles, like many others on the bid committee, found himself entangled in the biggest scandal in the history of the Olympic movement.
The millionaire businessman, however, emerged unscathed from the row that tarnished the city's successful bid to secure the Games and led to sweeping reforms within the International Olympic Committee.
A Salt Lake judge recently dismissed the final 11 charges against two former Utah Olympic executives, Tom Welch, the former president of the Salt Lake City Olympic bid committee and Dave Johnson, the former vice- president, who were charged with buying votes to win the Games for Utah.
The original indictment alleged the two men made $1m (pounds 710,000) in illicit payments to influence members of the IOC. …