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Bach, Thomas

(Encyclopedia) Bach, Thomas, 1953–, German sports executive, b. Würzberg. A lawyer and businessman, he won a gold medal in team fencing representing West Germany in the 1976 Montreal Olympics. Bach…

Sloane, William Milligan

(Encyclopedia) Sloane, William Milligan, 1850–1926, American historian. After serving as secretary to George Bancroft and studying under Droysen in Germany, he was professor of history at Princeton (…

Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani

(Encyclopedia) Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, 1980–, emir of Qatar (2013–). The fourth son of Emir Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, he became heir apparent when his older brother Jasmin renounced his claim to…

Brundage, Avery

(Encyclopedia) Brundage, Avery ā´vərē brŭn´dĭj, 1887–1975, American sports executive, b. Detroit, Mich. A member of the 1912 U.S. Olympic track and field team, he became a leader of the Olympic…

Willem-Alexander

(Encyclopedia) Willem-Alexander, 1967–, king of the Netherlands, eldest son of Queen Beatrix. He served (1985–87) in the navy and graduated (1993)from Leiden Univ.; he has been a member of the…

Coubertin, Pierre Frédy, baron de

(Encyclopedia) Coubertin, Pierre Frédy, baron de pyĕr frādē´, də co͞obĕrtăN´, 1863–1937, French founder of the modern Olympic games. Born into an aristocratic family, he pursued a career as an…

Samaranch, Juan Antonio

(Encyclopedia) Samaranch, Juan Antonio (Juan Antonio Samaranch Torello, marqués de Samaranch), 1920–2010, Spanish Olympic official. He was a businessman, an elected public official, and served (1977–…

Rogge, Jacques

(Encyclopedia) Rogge, Jacques zhäk rō´khə, 1942–, Belgian sports executive, b. Ghent. An orthopedic surgeon with a degree in sports medicine, Rogge is an accomplished sailor who competed in Olympic…

Blatter, Sepp

(Encyclopedia) Blatter, Sepp (Joseph S. Blatter), 1936–, Swiss sports executive, grad. Univ. of Lausanne, 1959. He served as general secretary of the Swiss Ice Hockey Federation and director of…

Havelange, João

(Encyclopedia) Havelange, João (Jean-Marie Faustin Godefroid de Havelange), 1916–2016, Brazilian business and sports executive, b. Rio de Janeiro. An Olympic swimmer (1936) and water polo player (…