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In the wake of several scandals like the Larry Nassar travesty and resulting coverup, changes were made at the top of the United States Olympic Committee. A line of demarcation in what was supposed to be a “new era” for the USOC was the hiring of current chief executive officer Sarah Hirshland.
When Hirshland took over in Nov. 2018, she made a tearful promise to listen to athletes and declared the future is bright. Despite her assurances, the USOC has continued the same practices of excluding athletes from governance, paying lavish severances to disgraced executives, denying healthcare for athletes and actually waging legal battles against the very athletes it profits from.
This year alone has seen a 55% increase in reports of sex abuse and other misconduct than last year. That amounts to an average of 239 reports a month… Analysts predict that the number of reports could cap off at 667 per month or 8,000 per year.
As the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games draw closer, the dreams of hundreds of hopeful Olympians from around the world will be realized. Olympic athletes in the United States of America often encounter larger obstacles in realizing their dreams as compared to their counterparts from other developed nations, and they have the United States Olympic Committee to blame for that.
On Tuesday, Jan. 30, “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” on HBO will debut “Episode 250: U.S. Olympic Pay Gap” in which the show will speak with current and former United States Olympians about the financial burdens that representing the United States in the Olympic games has placed upon them.