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US Olympic Official Sandra Baldwin Steps Down - 2002-05-25

U.S. Olympic Committee President Sandra Baldwin has resigned after admitting she lied about her academic credentials in her resume.

The announcement was made Friday afternoon after a conference call between Baldwin and USOC Executive Committee members. In a statement, Baldwin said that she wants the best for the Olympic movement and as one who believes in the Olympic ideals she thought it best to step down.

Baldwin's USOC biography states she graduated from the University of Colorado in 1962 and received a doctorate from Arizona State in 1967.

Earlier this week, Baldwin admitted she actually graduated from Arizona State in 1962 after leaving Colorado three years earlier and never completed her doctoral dissertation. Baldwin made the admission after learning that a writer for the University of Colorado's alumni association was going to publish the inaccuracies in a profile.

Baldwin became the U.S. Olympic Committee's first woman president and chairman of the board when she was elected to replace Bill Hybl in December 2000.