by Zjan Shirinian
March 29, 2014 (ISN) – Jean-Claude Killy has resigned as a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) after 19 years.
The 70-year-old Frenchman reportedly informed IOC President Thomas Bach of his decision by letter.
“I’m stopping because after Sochi, at my age, after spending seven years campaigning for Russia, it’s difficult to find something as rewarding and exciting,” Killy told L’Equipe.
As an athlete, Killy won three skiing golds – in downhill, giant slalom and slalom – at the Grenoble 1968 Winter Olympics.
He was also a six-time World Champion.
Killy was co-President of the 1992 Albertville Winter Games Organising Committee, and has been a member of the IOC since 1995.
He was IOC Coordination Commission chairman for the Turin 2006 and Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
In that role, he led numerous visits to both cities, visiting competition venues and monitoring preparations.
After the final Commission visit to Sochi in September he said: “To see how far the local organisers have come over the last six years is quite simply remarkable.”
In January, Killy advised French President François Hollande to attend one of the Paralympic ceremonies for the sake of “openness” amid a growing number of boycotts over Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law.
Hollande did not attend.
The IOC has not yet commented on Killy’s resignation.