The Usoc: No Pain, No Gain

But Norm Blake's slash-and-burn approach raises hackles

Norman P. Blake Jr.'s second-floor office at U.S. Olympic Committee headquarters in Colorado Springs has the almost antiseptic feel of a $100-a-night suite in one of those extended-stay hotels. The walls are mostly bare, and one of the few furnishings is a nameplate-size sign made of flimsy plastic that sits prominently--some might say ominously--on Blake's desk. Printed in white letters is the message: "Get the spectators off the field."

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