MOSCOW -- Jacques Rogge wasted no time in showing how different his Olympic presidency will be.
The Belgian surgeon and sailor won a landslide victory Monday to succeed Juan Antonio Samaranch as president of the International Olympic Committee, and then acted swiftly to break with its scandal-scarred and elitist image.
Within hours of his election, Rogge said he wanted to stay in the athletes' village at next year's Winter Games in Salt Lake City.
''I think it's the best place to be in the Olympic Games,'' Rogge said at a news conference. ''It's a wonderful atmosphere. I hope to be able to do that.''
Rogge said he would meet Tuesday with Salt Lake City organizing chief Mitt Romney to ask if there was room in the village dorms at the University of Utah.
''I hope he will make a room available for me,'' Rogge said.
Romney quickly agreed to save space for Rogge.
''It's a wonderful gesture and symbol of his commitment to the athletes,'' he said. ''We'll make the room. If he wants to stay in the village, he'll get a place.''
IOC members and officials normally live in luxurious hotels at the Olympics, with Samaranch renowned for staying in top-of-the-line suites with private elevator service and other perks.
Rogge's gesture dramatically underlined his intent to give the IOC a more down-to-earth image, and it was in line with his own unpretentious style and pristine reputation.
He was elected on the second of four possible rounds of secret balloting to claim the most powerful post in international sports, becoming the eighth president in the IOC's 107-year history.
He defeated Kim Un-yong of South Korea, Dick Pound of Canada, Pal Schmitt of Hungary and Anita DeFrantz of the United States.
After DeFrantz was eliminated in the first round, Rogge received 59 votes -- three more than needed -- on the second ballot. He got more than double the votes of Kim (23) and Pound (22). Schmitt got six votes.
Rogge (pronounced ROH-guh) was elected to an eight-year term. After that, he can seek another four-year mandate.
His offer to stay in the athletes' village carried added significance because of Salt Lake City's association with the Olympics' biggest corruption scandal. Ten members resigned or were expelled for accepting cash, gifts, scholarships or other inducements from Salt Lake bidders.
IOC delegates said Rogge's victory underscored their determination to continue with the reform process enacted after the Salt Lake scandal.
''If ever anyone came in with a blameless character, it was Jacques Rogge,'' British member Craig Reedie said. ''There are no skeletons in the Rogge cupboard.''
Added Johann Olav Koss, Norway's former speedskating champion: ''It's very strong proof that the IOC wants reform and transparency. With the huge support he got, it's very clear he can have a strong voice for reform.''
Rogge, who was untouched by the scandal, repeatedly stressed his first priority would be to ensure the success of the Salt Lake City Games.
He said he hopes to travel soon to Salt Lake City. Samaranch stayed away from the Utah capital since the scandal broke in late 1998, and the IOC executive board has declined to meet there.
''I think you're going to see a president who continues the process of reform and the removal of excess, and focus on athletes,'' Romney said.
Rogge has stayed in the athletes' village eight times in his career, three times as a competitor in sailing and five times as Belgium's team leader.
With the 80-year-old Samaranch stepping down after 21 years in office, Rogge represents both continuity and change.
He's the first Olympian to serve as IOC president since Avery Brundage, an American who competed in track and field in Stockholm in 1912 and ran the IOC from 1952-72.
Rogge, the IOC's seventh president from Europe, has vowed to step up the fight against drugs in sports and wants to downsize the Olympics.
A low-key member of the IOC since 1991, he won praise for coordinating the highly successful Sydney Games last year and for help in righting a foundering effort to organize the 2004 Games in Athens.
''This guy is loaded with talent,'' NBC sports chief Dick Ebersol said.
Rogge is the second Belgian to lead the IOC, after Henri de Baillet-Latour (1925-42). The only non-European president has been Brundage.
The ceremonial transfer of power took place in Moscow's elegant Hall of Columns, where Samaranch was installed as president in 1980.
In typical low-key fashion, Rogge showed no emotion when Samaranch opened a white envelope and read his name. He shared an embrace with Samaranch and then gave an unscripted acceptance speech in English and French, two of the five languages he speaks fluently.
While Samaranch insisted he was neutral in the election, he couldn't disguise his glee at Rogge's victory.
''This is a very important day in my life,'' Samaranch said. ''It's been so long that I've been head of the IOC. It's a joy to have a credible successor. I am fulfilled. He is young and he knows sport very well.''
Rogge officially takes over as president Friday in a ceremony at IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. He plans to quit his job as orthopedic surgeon and live full-time in Lausanne. He will receive no salary.
One of Rogge's first challenges will be to mend fences with Pound and Kim.
Pound, who negotiated the Olympics' lucrative TV and sponsorship deals, resigned as IOC marketing chief and chairman of the World Anti-Doping Agency after the vote.
''It's a matter of common courtesy to an incoming president that you leave him with a free hand,'' Pound said. ''Decency and integrity requires me to resign.''
Rogge asked him to return, and Pound said he would give him a reply later this summer.
Kim, long considered Rogge's main challenger, pointedly boycotted the announcement ceremony, bitter over what he considered a last-minute smear campaign against him.
''It wasn't a race with fair play,'' said Kim, who spent most of the day in his hotel room.
''I respect very much both colleagues and am quite sure we will be able to work together in the future,'' Rogge said. ''My job is to unite.''
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