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New USA Gymnastics Coach Fired After Only 3 Days

Mary Lee Tracy contacted Aly Raisman without permission

(Newser) - Not a month into her new job as CEO of the US Olympic Committee, Sarah Hirshland has seen enough from USA Gymnastics. She's calling for yet another shake-up in the federation's leadership as it tries to remake itself in the wake of the Larry Nassar sex-abuse scandal. Hirshland... More »

Aly Raisman Goes After US Olympic Committee

Nassar, USA Gymanstics also named in lawsuit

(Newser) - Six-time Olympic medalist Aly Raisman is suing the US Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics, claiming both organizations "knew or should have known" about abusive patterns by disgraced former national team doctor Larry Nassar, the AP reports. The lawsuit, filed in California on Wednesday, alleges negligence by the USOC and... More »

Amidst Furor and Cancer, US Olympic Boss Is Out

Calls for Scott Blackmun's ouster had been growing louder

(Newser) - Scott Blackmun resigned as CEO of the US Olympic Committee on Wednesday, stepping aside so he can tackle his worsening bout with prostate cancer and to allow the federation to move forward under new leadership to address the sex-abuse scandal that has rocked gymnastics and other sports. The 60-year-old CEO... More »

Entire USA Gymnastics Board to Resign

US Olympic Committee had threatened to remove it as sport's national governing body

(Newser) - The 16 remaining members of USA Gymnastics' board of directors will resign following the sentencing of Larry Nassar and the issuing of demands by the US Olympic Committee, ABC News reports. On Thursday, USOC CEO Scott Blackmun demanded the entire USA Gymnastics board resign because the "culture needs fundamental... More »

Olympic Officials Give Ultimatum to USA Gymnastics

Entire board must quit, or it will no longer be sport's governing body

(Newser) - As the harrowing testimony against Larry Nassar continued earlier this week, three top members of the USA Gymnastics board resigned. Not good enough, says the US Olympic Committee. The group has ordered everybody else on the 21-member board to quit by Wednesday, and it wants an interim board set up... More »

More Than 150 Victims Came Forward. Here's What They Said

Everything you need to know as Larry Nassar sentenced to up to 175 years

(Newser) - "I had a dream to go to the Olympics, and the things that I had to endure to get there were unnecessary and disgusting," McKayla Maroney told Larry Nassar during his seven-day sentencing hearing, which concluded Wednesday with a sentence of up to 175 years in prison... More »

Looks Like LA, Paris Will Host 2024, 2028 Olympics

If a 3-way deal with the IOC works out

(Newser) - If they can agree who goes first, Paris and Los Angeles will be awarded the 2024 and 2028 Olympics. International Olympic Committee members voted unanimously to seek a consensus three-way deal between the two bid cities and the IOC executive board, the AP reports. Talks will open with Paris widely... More »

USOC Apologizes Over 'Robbed' Swimmers

2 athletes allowed to fly home

(Newser) - An embarrassed US Olympic Committee apologized Thursday night for what it called a "distracting ordeal": the alleged robbery of four US swimmers, which Brazilian police now say was a fabrication. In a statement , USOC CEO Scott Blackmun said sorry to "our hosts in Rio and the people of... More »

Forget Rio: Rednecks Throw Own, Er, 'Olympics'

Except they can't call their games that, thanks to prickly Olympic Committee

(Newser) - There were no world-class athletes or top-notch sporting venues in Maine, but there was cold beer, barbecue, and a muddy tug-of-war Saturday at the event formerly known as the Redneck Olympics, reports the AP . The event, now officially known as the "Redneck (Blank)" after the real Olympics threatened to... More »

Olympic Officials to US Athletes: Skip Rio if Zika Scares You

USOC delivers message to American sports federations, says Reuters

(Newser) - If the US medal count is lower than normal at the Summer Olympics this year, blame mosquitoes. The United States Olympic Committee has spread the word to American athletes: If the Zika virus worries them, they should skip the Games in Brazil, reports Reuters . The message came in a conference... More »

Boston Bid Ends for 2024 Olympics

Ties were "severed" after teleconference call, the AP says

(Newser) - Boston's bid to host the 2024 Olympics is over. A person familiar with the decision told the AP that the city and the US Olympic Committee severed ties after a board teleconference today. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision had not yet been made public.... More »

Boston Will Be US Contender to Host 2024 Olympics

City beats out LA, San Francisco, and DC

(Newser) - One American city will be in the running to host the 2024 Summer Olympics: Boston. The US Olympic Committee picked the city today over Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington, DC, reports the Boston Globe . Now comes two years of wooing the International Olympic Committee, which will make its final... More »

US Olympic 'Go USA' Mittens Made In China

USOC says it wanted affordable option

(Newser) - Looks like there are some short memories on the US Olympic Committee: Not much more than a year after news that Team USA uniforms were made in China had lawmakers like Harry Reid suggesting they be torched in a bonfire , the USOC is raising money by selling mittens that say... More »

Team USA Uniforms to Be Made in USA —Next Time

Designer Ralph Lauren announces switch for 2014

(Newser) - The long, sartorial nightmare is nearly over. The US Olympic team will wear uniforms made in the US-of-A starting with the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, reports the AP . Ralph Lauren, who designs the team's outfits, announced the change yesterday. It's too late to change them this... More »

US Won't Bid on 2020 Olympics

Economic climate, lingering revenue dispute prevent bid

(Newser) - The 2020 Summer Olympics may be nine years away, but one thing's for sure: They won’t be happening here. The US Olympic Committee won’t seek to host the Games in any American city, an official tells the Chicago Tribune . The USOC has long been at odds with... More »

USOC Threatens 'Redneck Olympics' With Lawsuit

Apparently they're not happy about the name...

(Newser) - The Redneck Olympics, held last weekend in Hebron, Maine, may be forced to change its name. Not the "redneck" part, the "Olympics" part. Harold Brooks, who held the three-day event on his land, got a call from the US Olympic Committee's legal division Monday telling him if... More »

US Olympics Chief Will Step Down

Streeter's decision follows Chicago bid, no-confidence vote

(Newser) - With the sting of Chicago's loss still fresh, the acting chief of the US Olympic Committee has decided to step down before being pushed out. Stephanie Streeter said today she will not seek the job on a permanent basis and will leave by March. The decision comes five days after... More »

US Paralympians Sue for Equal Treatment

Complain about disparities with able-bodied Olympians

(Newser) - When the Paralympics opened today in Beijing, American Tony Iniguez proudly wore his uniform—but he’s also suing the US Olympic Program that provided it. Iniguez, like many of his teammates, believes paralympians deserve the same benefits as their able-bodied counterparts. His suit, filed with two retired wheelchair racers,... More »

US Olympians Under 'Lockdown'

Organizing committee keeps close watch on athletes

(Newser) - The US Olympic Committee is keeping a tight grip on its athletes headed to Beijing. Ninety percent of Olympians are being "processed" through California's San Jose State University, and the USOC has requested that they not leave campus or talk to outsiders, an experience some athletes are describing as... More »

China Bristles at US' Olympic Food Snub

Beijing insists meat is safe, but Americans will brown-bag it

(Newser) - China says it's a "pity" that US athletes won't be joining their international counterparts at dinner tables during the Olympics this summer over worries about the safety of food and water. American athletes will ship in their own meat and eat at their own training center, and China is... More »

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