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LANE ONE: More projections on what the Commission on the State of U.S....

Last Tuesday’s introduction of a bill by U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-Colorado) may be the start of a process which will empanel a 16-member working group to be called the “Commission on the State of U.S. Olympics and Paralympics.” According to Gardner’s bill, its task will be to conduct a nine-month review of the USOC […]
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SPEED READ: Headlines from The Sports Examiner for Friday, 18 January 2019

Welcome to The Sports Examiner SPEED READ, a 100 mph (44.7 m/s) review of the week (so far) in the turbulent world of international sport: LANE ONE: Wednesday: There really is a change going on in Olympic bidding, if you believe what the Milan-Cortina bid has in their presentation submitted on 11 January. Its organizing […]
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LANE ONE: What will the Commission on the State of U.S. Olympics and...

The introduction of a bill by U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-Colorado) on Wednesday is the first step on what could be a fairly rapid process – in government terms – to review the current status of the United States Olympic Committee. Brought into disrepute by its slow and uncertain reaction to sexual abuse in multiple […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: Colorado Senator Gardner introduces bill to review the USOC

Now we are getting serious. After all of the posturing, press releases and yelling about reform of the United States Olympic Committee, the only body...

LANE ONE: Athlete protests about the USOC demonstrate how to miss an opportunity

Much has been made over the past several days about protests from a group of athletes calling themselves the “Committee to Restore Integrity to the United States Olympic Committee and the USOC’s own reply. What’s all the fuss about? In short: ● On 2 January, the USOC announced the appointment of three new Board members: […]
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LANE ONE: Ready for chaos? This might be the year for it in...

If you thought 2018 was a rough year for the Olympic Movement, in board rooms, courtrooms and the halls of the U.S. Congress, get your seat belts fastened for an even rockier ride in 2019. At the start of the year, there are already more than a handful of issues set to explode (or implode, […]
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LANE ONE: The top Olympic-sport stories of 2018, part II: Nassar overshadows all

As 2018 fades away, what were the top stories of the year in the Olympic Movement, both in the U.S. and worldwide? We found a mix of on-field heroics and off-field tumult. We shared no. 10-6 in our last issue, so here are the top five stories of the year, counting down from no. 5 […]
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LANE ONE: U.S. House committee report indicates little change coming to the Ted...

While the Ropes & Gray Report on the Larry Nassar sex-abuse scandal has grabbed most of the national headlines, an important report from one of the Congressional committees looking into the matter indicates that only modest changes might be coming to the laws governing the U.S. Olympic Movement. The U.S. House of Representatives’ Energy & […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: Salt Lake City selected by USOC for a future Winter...

The U.S. is back in the Olympic bidding business, this time for an Olympic Winter Games. At its Board of Directors meeting in San Francisco on Friday, the USOC selected Salt Lake City, Utah, as its bid city for a future Winter Games. The specific Games has not been confirmed, but the 2030 Games are […]
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UNITED STATES OLYMPIC COMMITTEE: Blackmun referred to U.S. Justice Dept.

Former USOC chief executive Scott Blackmun faces new legal issues as a follow-up to the release of the Ropes & Gray report last week about the Larry Nassar sex-abuse scandal at USA Gymnastics. A Friday news release from U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kansas) started: “U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) – chairman […]
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LANE ONE: The Nassar sex-abuse scandal: What actually happened (and didn’t happen)?

The long-awaited report on the Larry Nassar sex-abuse scandal in gymnastics from the Boston-based Ropes & Gray law firm was made public on Monday (10th) and did not disappoint with a heavily-detailed, 252-page report that filled in many of the blanks on what happened, when and why. What did happen? Entitled “Report of the Independent […]
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LANE ONE: USOC’s reformation attempt with gymnastics is only its latest NGB adventure

The move by the United States Olympic Committee to institute revocation of recognition proceedings against USA Gymnastics drew headlines in the wake of the Larry Nassar sex-abuse scandal. But it’s hardly the first instance of the USOC getting involved – and in some cases, actually running – a national governing body. In fact, since the […]
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LANE ONE: USA Gymnastics to USOC: “We’re not dead yet”

You have to give credit to the USA Gymnastics Board of Directors. They aren’t giving up and they are not about to roll over for the convenience of the United States Olympic Committee. That stance may or may not matter in the end, but Wednesday’s unexpected announcement that USA Gymnastics had filed for protection under […]
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LANE ONE: Walking in parallel, the IOC and USOC are reworking their power...

Perhaps not unexpectedly, the International Olympic Committee and the United States Olympic Committee are walking, side-by-side, down a parallel road of de-certification of a sports governing body. What they do – and just as importantly – how they do it will re-shape the relationship between the IOC and the International Sports Federations and the USOC […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: More pressure on the U.S. Olympic Committee in the Larry...

While most of the focus in the Larry Nassar sex-abuse scandal has been on his employer, Michigan State University, and USA Gymnastics, where he served as the national team physician, the United States Olympic Committee has been a major part of the discussion. While the USOC’s new chief executive, Sarah Hirshland, has begun the process […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: Process to de-certify USA Gymnastics will take time

When U.S. Olympic Committee chief executive Sarah Hirshland began the process of de-certification of USA Gymnastics as the National Governing Body for the sport, she noted the possibility of that organization relinquishing its status voluntarily. Well, that didn’t happen and in a letter released on Wednesday, Hirshland wrote: “We received USAG’s response to our complaint […]
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GYMNASTICS: USA Gymnastics still alive, “remains the recognized” NGB

USA Gymnastics is in a lot of trouble, but it’s not dead yet. Board chair Karen Golz posted a message to the U.S. gymnastics community on Tuesday noting, “To be clear, USA Gymnastics still remains the recognized national governing body, including by the International Gymnastics Federation, and our commitment to the gymnastics community and this […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: Reno-Tahoe out for U.S. bid for 2030 Winter Games

Beyond the drama in Calgary for the 2026 Olympic Winter Games was the announcement that the Reno-Tahoe Winter Games Coalition announced on Monday that it would not pursue the U.S. designation as a candidate city for the 2030 Games. The announcement included: “After reviewing the workbook and undertaking significant deliberation, the RTWGC regrettably, but respectfully, […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: USA Gymnastics estimates $75 million cost of Nassar’s claims on...

There was significant reporting this past week about the filings by USA Gymnastics of its 2017 financial statements and its IRS Form 990 tax filing, which is required by all non-profit organizations. The key item regarding the federation’s potential liability for the Larry Nassar sex-abuse cases was treated in Note 12, which described the financial […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: USOC timing slaps USAG athletes right before their World Champs

The United States Olympic Committee announcement that it will begin the process to de-certify USA Gymnastics as the National Governing Body for gymnastics came two days after the end of the FIG World Championships in Artistic Gymnastics in Doha (QAT). But the timing could hardly have been worse for another U.S. team. USA Gymnastics has […]
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