Travis T. Tygart, the chief executive officer of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, will speak at the Association for Women in Sports Media’s annual convention on Monday, May 25, at 6:30 p.m., at the Grand Hyatt Denver.
Tygart became CEO of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency in September of 2007. He has worked at USADA for 11 years, having also served as the Director of Legal Affairs and as Senior Managing Director & General Counsel. He has prosecuted cases on behalf of clean athletes before the American Arbitration Association and the Court of Arbitration for Sport, and was actively involved in drafting the USADA Protocol for Olympic Movement Testing.
Tygart has served as an advocate for the integrity of sport and clean athletes, testifying in front of the U.S. Congress, including the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and also has testified internationally in front of German Parliament and the French Senate about creating effective anti-doping policy and the issues surrounding doping in sport. Under Tygart’s leadership, USADA’s efforts to protect clean athletes have included cooperating with Federal authorities on numerous investigations, including the international steroid bust, Operation Raw deal and the international doping conspiracy involving the BALCO laboratory in San Francisco. Tygart led the investigation into the US Postal Service Pro-Cycling Team Doping Conspiracy and the Lance Armstrong case, which uncovered the most sophisticated and professionalized doping scheme that sport had ever seen.
Tygart has been recognized by Sports Illustrated as one of the 50 Most Powerful People in Sports, named to the TIME 100 list for 2013, named one of the top 12 World Sports Personalities of the Year by Sport Intern, one of the World’s Most Influential Sports Personalities by Inside Sport and was one of the Colorado Lawyers of the Year named by Colorado Law Weekly. Tygart serves on the Board of Directors for the Sports Lawyers Association, and has also published numerous papers and law review articles on topics including, Title IX, antitrust, and doping in sport.
Originally from Jacksonville, Fla., Tygart graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, and in 2010 received the University’s Distinguished Young Alumni Award. Tygart went on to get his J.D. from Southern Methodist University in 1999, graduating Order of the Coif.
— Courtesy of the USADA