Bio of IOC President Thomas Bach

Updated: September 10, 2013, 1:28 PM ET
Associated Press

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Thomas Bach was elected president of the International Olympic Committee, succeeding Jacques Rogge.

AGE -- 59.

DATE OF BIRTH -- Dec. 29, 1953.

BORN -- Wurzburg, Germany.

OCCUPATION -- Lawyer.

OLYMPIC PARTICIPATION -Team fencing (foil) gold medal at 1976 Montreal Games.

SPORTS PRACTICED -- Fencing, tennis, soccer.

YEAR JOINED IOC -- 1991.

IOC RESPONSIBILITY -- Member of executive board 1996-2004; vice president 2000-04; vice president since 2006; chairman of evaluation commissions for 2002 Winter Olympics and 2004 Summer Games; chairman of juridical and sport and law commissions; chairman of anti-doping disciplinary commissions; negotiator of European TV rights deals.

OTHER -- President of German Olympic Sports Confederation since 2006.

QUOTE -- "I know of the great responsibility of an IOC president. This makes me humble. I want to lead the IOC according to my motto, `unity and diversity.' I want to be a president for all of you. This means I will do my very best to balance well all the different interests of the stakeholders of the Olympic movement."


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