CEO of Olympic coalition dies |

CEO of Olympic coalition dies

RENO (AP) ” Jim Vanden Heuvel, chief executive of a coalition trying to bring the Winter Olympic Games to Reno-Tahoe, has died.

Vanden Heuvel died Monday at a luncheon in Reno, friends and others working on the Olympic coalition said. He was 52.

“Jim passed away shortly after doing what he dearly loved, leading a workshop for new board members on our attempt to secure the 2018 bid for the Winter Olympic Games,” said Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki, chairman of the Reno-Tahoe Winter Games Coalition.

Vanden Heuvel, a track and field coach at Bishop Manogue High School, also was involved in organizing numerous sporting events in the area.

“He had a passion for track and field,” Manogue track coach Mark Smith said. “He had a relationship with everybody in town as far as track and field is concerned. He was well-liked and respected.”

Jon Killoran, a senior policy adviser in Krolicki’s office, will become acting CEO of the coalition, Krolicki said. The coalition will rededicate itself to bringing the Winter Olympics to the Reno-Tahoe area in memory of Vanden Heuvel, Krolicki said.

“Our coalition will unwaveringly proceed in its attempt to realize the Olympic dream that Jim championed so passionately and skillfully for these past years,” Krolicki said. “It is our obligation to his legacy that we do nothing less.”