March 19 - 20, 2019
Colorado Springs, Colorado

event description

Organized by SportsTravel magazine and sponsored by the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Louisville Sports Commission, the SportsTravel Road Trip is a by-invitation-only networking and education event for chief executives and event directors of sports governing bodies.

The SportsTravel Road Trip will begin with an informal networking reception on Tuesday, March 19. Held at the United States Olympic Committee's headquarters in Colorado Springs on Wednesday, March 20, the SportsTravel Road Trip educational program includes a networking breakfast and a custom-curated morning on the hottest topics facing sports organization chief executives and event directors. The event will conclude in time for the Colorado Springs Sports Corp's Salute to the Olympic Family luncheon.





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Rob Bedeaux

Director of Content Strategy & Consumer Engagement, SportsEngine

Rob Bedeaux is the Director of Content Strategy & Consumer Engagement at SportsEngine, a division of NBC Sports. Rob has 24 years of experience in the publishing industry, focusing exclusively on the sports market for the last five years. Rob is passionate about helping connect parents and youth to sporting opportunities. In partnership with member governing bodies, Rob has designed and led the execution of engagement and marketing campaigns with U.S. Track & Field, USA Hockey, USA Diving and other NGBS to grow membership in their respective sports. Rob is also the Communications Director for Minneapolis Youth Lacrosse and embraces sports parenting duties as the father of an active nine-year-old who has taken up the sport of lacrosse.

Dragomir Cioroslan

Director of International Strategies and Development, U.S. Olympic Committee

As director of International Strategies and Development, Dragomir Cioroslan is responsible for U.S. international sport leadership development, and for strategy and support for NGB international relations. He serves as the USOC liaison with international federations and oversees exchanges with National Olympic Committees. Cioroslan is a three-time Olympic weightlifter for his home country of Romania, winning a bronze medal at the 1984 Olympic Summer Games. He also won three medals at the world championships in 1983 and 1984. In addition, he has served as a sports official and administrator for more than 30 years in the Olympic movement, coaching the U.S. national weightlifting team from 1993­–2003 and the men’s Olympic teams at the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games. Cioroslan has served as an executive board member of the International Weightlifting Federation and served as the IWF vice president from 1999–2013.

Travis T. Tygart

Chief Executive Officer, U.S. Anti-Doping Agency

Serving as USADA’s chief executive officer since September 2007, Travis T. Tygart leads the organization’s efforts to preserve the integrity of competition, inspire true sport and protect the rights of clean athletes. Under Tygart’s leadership, some of USADA’s most significant efforts to protect athletes’ rights have come in the form of international advocacy of clean sport, most recently in relation to the Russian doping scandal, and in the form of major investigations. Working alongside federal authorities, USADA investigated the international steroid bust, Operation Raw Deal, and the international doping conspiracy involving the BALCO laboratory in San Francisco. Tygart also led the investigation into the U.S. Postal Service pro-cycling team doping conspiracy and spearheaded the publication of the Reasoned Decision in the Lance Armstrong case.


Please check back for the list of presenters


Unless otherwise indicated, all events will be held at:

USOC Headquarters
Second Floor Event Center
27 S. Tejon Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903  

Tuesday, March 19
4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Networking Reception
Atomic Cowboy (Top Floor Private Event Space)
528 S. Tejon St.,
Colorado Springs
Wednesday, March 20
8:15 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
Networking Breakfast
8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Session #1: Welcome to the SportsTravel Road Trip 
(Session Description)
9:00 a.m. – 9:20 a.m.
Session #2: Driving NGB Membership and Engagement with NBC and SportsEngine
(Session Description)
9:20 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Session #3: The USOC’s International Relations Grant Program
(Session Description)
9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 
Session #4: USADA’s Vision For the Future
(Session Description)
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Colorado Springs Sports Corp Luncheon: Salute to the U.S. Olympic Family
(Ticket Information)
DoubleTree by Hilton



Event Organizer Contact:

Nicole Goddeyne
Event Organizer Liaison

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