By David D. Dodge
The traditional United States Olympic Committee pre-Olympic press conference is all about the Olympics which are about to begin. But this year in PyeongChang it was different, very different. The press conference was dominated by questions about the USOC’s handling of the Nassar scandal at USA Gymnastics and its fallout.
While USOC chairman Larry Probst said, “we think we did what we were supposed to do” regarding the handling of the scandal, he followed-up by saying the “Olympic system failed the athletes abused by Dr. Nassar.” The USOC had earlier engaged a Boston-based law firm to conduct an independent investigation to determine “who knew what” and what they did with the information. At the same time, U.S. Senators have called for the resignation of chief executive, Scott Blackmun. Though a separate investigation conducted last year by a law firm engaged by USA Gymnastics called for major cultural changes in the National Governing Body (NGB), Probst told journalists that the USOC “just had to do a better job.” [Continue reading]