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2002 Olympics Lobbyist Resigns

April 1, 1998

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) _ The federal lobbyist for organizers of the 2002 Winter Games is giving up the job, saying she doesn’t have the energy to take on the assignment.

``I know first hand the level of effort and commitment it takes to put on the largest event in the world,″ said Cindy Gillespie, who helped stage the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta. ``I realize that I cannot make that level of effort and commitment for four more years.″

Gillespie will step down April 17, but will remain as a consultant and help hire a replacement to represent the Salt Lake Organizing Committee in Washington, D.C.

After serving as the federal lobbyist for Atlanta organizers, Gillespie became vice president for federal relations in November 1996.

She is one of the few top officials left who was hired by former SLOC president Tom Welch, who resigned after pleading no contest to spouse abuse charges last year.

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