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USOC Sued Over D.C. Bid -- December 28, 1999

Washington, D.C. - Elizabeth Ganzi sued the U.S. Olympic Committee, claiming she was robbed of her attempt to bring the 2012 Olympic Games to the nation's capital. Ganzi was the head of the Greater Washington Exploratory Committee, which she organized with other businesses in 1997. She claims her group was misled by business leaders who wanted Washington and Baltimore to combine efforts for a regional bid. In a suit seeking more than $10 million plus reinstatement of her committee, Ganzi accused the Washington-Baltimore Regional 2012 Coalition of launching a rival bid that shut her out. Ganzi's suit also named former D.C. mayor Marion Barry, who is accused of working to take control of the Olympic bid from Ganzi's group to the rival coalition.