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THE BIG PICTURE: Nassar abuse survivors have until 29 April to file claims...

The wheels of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court are now spinning on the USA Gymnastics filing for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection, with the posting of an order opening a two-month time period for sexual-abuse claims to be filed against USA Gymnastics. The order states that “on February 25, 2019, the Court entered an order (the “Bar […]
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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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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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SPEED READ: Headlines from The Sports Examiner for Friday, 11 January 2019

Welcome to The Sports Examiner SPEED READ, a 100 mph (44.7 m/s) review of what happened over the last 96 hours in Olympic sport: LANE ONE: Wednesday: Ready for chaos? This might be the year for it in Olympic politics. Our column looked at seven issues ready to boil over in 2019, including ● Will […]
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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: Larry Nassar preyed on young girls; why is gymnastics focused that...

Larry Nassar has been convicted of crimes that will keep him in jail for the rest of his life. He sexually abused hundreds of young, female gymnasts who trusted him to provide medical care. As horrible as his actions were, they are hardly the end of the tragedy. In fact, it’s still going on. The […]
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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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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: 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: Ex-USA Gymnastics chief Steve Penny indicted

When former USA Gymnastics chief executive Steve Penny (pictured) declined to answer any questions last June from the U.S. Senate Commerce Sub-committee that was investigating the Larry Nassar sex-abuse scandal on self-incrimination grounds, he received some good advice. Penny was indicted on 28 September by a Grand Jury in Walker County, Texas over the removal […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: USA Gymnastics in trouble again

USA Gymnastics dug itself into a deeper hole with the hiring and firing of Mary Lee Tracy as the Elite Development Coordinator, responsible for working with sub-elite gymnasts in the federation’s development programs. After the hiring announcement last Tuesday, she was excused on Friday. The statement said “USA Gymnastics has asked Mary Lee Tracy to […]
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Why Scott Blackmun is right and Sports Illustrated is wrong

TSX HEADLINES – for Jan. 26, 2018: All the commentators are chiming in about the Larry Nassar scandal and what should happen to Michigan State University, USA Gymnastics and the United States Olympic Committee. Someone writing on the Sports Illustrated Web site said his “calm and reasoned conclusion” was “Burn it all down.” Boy, there’s […]
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Why Scott Blackmun is right and Sports Illustrated is wrong

TSX HEADLINES – for Jan. 26, 2018: All the commentators are chiming in about the Larry Nassar scandal and what should happen to Michigan State University, USA Gymnastics and the United States Olympic Committee. Someone writing on the Sports Illustrated Web site said his “calm and reasoned conclusion” was “Burn it all down.” Boy, there’s […]
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Could the Larry Nassar scandal bankrupt USA Gymnastics?

TSX HEADLINES – for Jan. 24, 2018: The Jerry Sandusky scandal at Penn State involved perhaps 33 victims and cost the university more than $220 million … so far. The sexual-abuse scandal surrounding Dr. Larry Nassar has about 150 victims identified … and USA Gymnastics doesn’t have Penn State’s money. The reality that this scandal […]
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Could the Larry Nassar scandal bankrupt USA Gymnastics?

TSX HEADLINES – for Jan. 24, 2018: The Jerry Sandusky scandal at Penn State involved perhaps 33 victims and cost the university more than $220 million … so far. The sexual-abuse scandal surrounding Dr. Larry Nassar has about 150 victims identified … and USA Gymnastics doesn’t have Penn State’s money. The reality that this scandal […]
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