USOC study: US Olympic athletes project best image

The U.S. Olympic Committee has released a study showing Olympic

athletes most positively represent the U.S., followed by Major

League Baseball players.

The USOC released the poll Tuesday, saying the numbers prove the

federation’s sponsors get good value for their money.

The survey, conducted by a research partner of the USOC’s, was

conducted in April, less than two months after America’s

record-setting performance of 37 medals for a Winter Olympics at

the Vancouver Games.

One of the questions asked to more than 3,000 respondents was

which athletes most positively represent the United States to the

world: 90 percent said USOC athletes, while baseball players came

in second with 30 percent of the vote.