Bid official faces heat
Deseret News 3Jan99
By Lisa Riley Roche: Deseret News staff writer
Although he is unknown outside of the International Olympic
oranizations, Dave Johnson, has had a tremendous impact on
the Salt Lake Olympic bid, and is facing allegations and
controversy because of that impact. Johnson, a member of the
LDS Church from Salt Lake, is well known among both the members
of the International Olympic Committee, the journalists that
cover the Olympics, and even the staff at the fancy hotels
frequented by the Olympic powers.
During Salt Lake City's bid for the Olympics, Johnson served
as vice president of international relations. The title isn't
very descriptive of Johnson's role, however. "Dave was like
a whip in the House (of Representatives). He was a vote
counter," one unnamed Salt Lake Tribune source said. "You've
got to know where your votes are. You've got to count noses."
For his part in Salt Lake's successful bid, Johnson, like
other leaders of the Olympic bid committee, is under fire
because of allegations of bribery. Johnson's name appears
on a Salt Lake Organizing Committee (SLOC) letter that was
leaked to the media last month. The letter is addressed to
the daughter of a member of the International Olympic
Committee (IOC). The IOC voted on what city was awarded
The letter, along with the acknowledgement by SLOC chairman
Frank Joklik that payments had been made to six relatives
of IOC members, sparked a controversy that is being called
the biggest ethical crisis ever faced by the Olympic movement.
Now the FBI, the IOC, the U.S. Olympic Committee and the SLOC
have all launched investigations seeking to find out the truth
and, undoubtedly, someone to blame.
And Johnson is the most likely person to be blamed.
The article gives a detailed profile of Johnson, including
comments by a number of unnamed sources, his previous
controversial history at the Utah Sports Foundation, his
education and even his work as a salesman at the local Saab
dealership owned by Mormon Ken Garff.