Carl Lewis picked for USATF audit panel


INDIANAPOLIS — Carl Lewis, winner of nine Olympic gold medals, has been selected as a member of USA Track and Field’s seven-person audit panel, chief executive Doug Logan announced on his blog on Monday. The committee will analyze the selection process for the team, coaching and preparation for international competitions. Members will also study the performance of the Beijing team, in particular national relay team preparation and training. The U.S. contingent won 23 medals — the most of any country — but will be remembered more for dropping the baton in both the men’s and women’s 400-meter preliminaries. The panel also includes gold medalist Benita Fitzgerald Mosley, silver medalist Ralph Mann, 1992 Olympic men’s coach Mel Rosen and U.S. Olympic Committee executives Doug Ingram, Steve Roush and Jay Warwick.

The committee will begin work immediately and report directly to Logan. He hopes to receive a copy of the panel’s findings by Jan. 12.