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LANE ONE: USOC Board focuses on Congress, athlete advocacy and gymnastics in L.A....

The United States Olympic Committee has been battered by accusations and scandal, hammered in Congressional hearings, changed out its leadership … and got the message. The USOC Board of Directors met in Los Angeles, California on Thursday and Board chair Susanne Lyons and chief executive Sarah Hirshland spoke to reporters afterwards by conference call. They […]
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GYMNASTICS: Wong, 15, surprises with American Cup win; Moldauer repeats as men’s winner

The annual American Cup gymnastics meet is often the coming-out party for new talent. So it was this year as Leanne Wong, the reigning U.S. Junior Champion, made her senior debut against two World Championships medalists … and won! Wong, all of 15 years old, won the Vault (14.666) and Beam (14.066) and finished fourth […]
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GYMNASTICS Preview: Five World Champs medalists in American Cup in Greensboro

The top U.S. artistic gymnastics meet of the year – the American Cup – is on for Saturday at the Greensboro (N.C.) Coliseum, and will also serve as an FIG All-Around World Cup. The fields are strong, with multiple World Championships medalists: Men: ● Bart Deurloo (NED) ~ 2017 Worlds Horizontal Bar bronze ● James […]
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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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THE BIG PICTURE: USA Gymnastics hires a new chief executive (again)

USA Gymnastics has been targeted by the United States Olympic Committee for de-certification as the National Governing Body for the sport, but it isn’t acting like it. On Tuesday, the organization announced that Li Li Leung, a Vice President of the National Basketball Association (NBA), has agreed to become the next USAG President and Chief […]
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GYMNASTICS: Moldauer wins All-Around, and five medals for Mikulak in Winter Cup Challenge

The first test for the American men’s gymnasts on the road to the 2019 World Championships came at the South Point Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, with the two-day Winter Cup Challenge. The two-day competition started with the All-Around on Friday, won by 2017 U.S. All-Around champ Yul Moldauer. He barely edged 2018 All-Around winner […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: USA Gymnastics stays on course, makes new hires

For an organization that the United States Olympic Committee is trying to destroy, USA Gymnastics seems quite alive and even well. New USAG chair Kathryn Carson posted an open message on the usagym.org site on 17 January, noting: ● “We have made executive leadership changes, and we are close to hiring a new president and […]
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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: 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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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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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: 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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