Tom Smart
Mitt Romney acknowledges the crowd at the Opening Ceremony of the Salt Lake 2002 Winter Olympic Games at Rice-Eccles Stadium Friday, Feb. 8, 2002.

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Mitt Romney is the “white knight” who will rescue the reputation of the 2002 Winter Games, Gov. Mike Leavitt and a handful of other Utah leaders have decided.

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Romney, a Boston-based venture capitalist with Utah ties, was expected to be named chief executive officer of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee at an Olympic board of trustees meeting Thursday morning.

The decision comes on the heels of the release of SLOC’s board of ethics report concluding that former bid committee leaders Tom Welch and Dave Johnson were almost completely responsible for the bribery and influence-peddling scandal that has rocked the Utah Olympic organizing effort to its foundations.

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