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Ashley to serve as USOC Chief of Mission in Sochi

Updated: February 1, 2013, 6:35 PM ET
Associated Press

A position on the U.S. Olympic team that used to be about politics and ceremony is now about practicality and performance.

The U.S. Olympic Committee will have chief of sport performance Alan Ashley double as its Chief of Mission at the Sochi Games, as the federation seeks to make the position more functional than honorary.

The Chief of Mission is considered the top-ranking liaison between an Olympic team and Games organizers. The USOC has made it a ceremonial spot in the past, giving ...

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