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U.S. Olympics Chief Received $2.4 Million Severance Amid Scandal

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The United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee reported Wednesday that it had made a $2.4 million severance payment to its former chief executive, Scott Blackmun, when he stepped down under pressure in the wake of the gymnastics abuse
'The United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee reported Wednesday that it had made a $2.4 million severance payment to its former chief executive, Scott Blackmun, when he stepped down under pressure in the wake of the gymnastics abuse scandal.The committee, which released the information as part of its annual financial reporting, said its administrative costs for the year were up because of that payment as well as other costs associated with the scandal.Mr.Blackmun stepped down in February 2018, as the committee was criticized over its handling of the scandal, involving the national team doctor for gymnastics, Dr.Lawrence G.Nassar.Dr.Nassar was sent to prison for decades after being accused of sexually abusing more than 150 women and girls.Mr.Blackmun had called for the resignation of the board of U.S.A.Gymnastics, but many said his actions were too little and too late.Members of Congress and former Olympians were among those who called for Mr.Blackmun to resign.Mr.Blackmun also had health issues.He had to miss the 2018 Olympics to undergo treatment for prostate cancer.Upon his resignation, he was asked what lesson he could draw from the past two years, and replied, “I don’t know that there is a particular lesson from the last two years.” In a statement, Susanne Lyons, who leads the U.S.O.P.C.’s board, said: “In 2018 the U.S.O.P.C. board of directors approved a separation agreement including severance for former C.E.O.Scott Blackmun.At that time, based on the requirement for new leadership to guide the organization forward, as well as Blackmun’s serious health challenges, the board approved a separation agreement, as provided for in his contract.” Sarah Hirshland, a longtime executive with the United States Golf Association, was hired to replace Mr.Blackmun last summer.The committee turned a profit of $47 million in 2018; typically it runs in the black in Olympic years, and the surpluses cover deficits in non-Olympic years.However, the committee’s administrative costs for 2018 were up to 11.8 percent of their expenses, from a four-year average of 7 percent, and the committee said that was largely because of costs of an independent investigation into the gymnastics scandal.That scathing report, released last December, found that Mr.Blackmun and Alan Ashley, the chief of sport performance, knew about accusations against Dr.Nassar a year before they became public knowledge but did little to investigate the matter.Mr.Ashley was immediately dismissed; Mr.Blackmun, who had long said the matter should be handled by U.S.A.Gymnastics, had already stepped down.The committee also faced legal costs and costs associated with appearances of committee officials in front of Congress.A hearing in May 2018 did not go well for the committee; a Congressman shouted at the acting chief executive, Ms.Lyons, “You are not fit to serve in this job.” The committee, formerly known as the U.S.O.C., added “Paralympic” to its name last month.Source: Read Full Article . The post U.S.Olympics Chief Received $2.4 Million Severance Amid Scandal appeared first on Best World News .'

Katelyn Ohashi's final college gymnastics routine is a stunner

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UCLA gymnast Katelyn Ohashi concluded her collegiate gymnastics career Saturday with a near-perfect routine that enthralled Twitter as usual. Ohashi's floor routine went viral earlier in 2019, but Saturday marked her last competitive performance of
'UCLA gymnast Katelyn Ohashi concluded her collegiate gymnastics career Saturday with a near-perfect routine that enthralled Twitter as usual. Ohashi's floor routine went viral earlier in 2019, but Saturday marked her last competitive performance of college – and perhaps of her life. Ohashi competed with the same combination that earned her viral fame in January (not her first viral routine or perfect 10). ESPN notes that she removed a Jackson Five song in light of the current conversation around Michael Jackson since HBO's Leaving Neverland.We had the honor of seeing Katelyn Ohashi perform her incredible floor routine when UCLA was at Michigan for the regionals. She was last to go, after every other apparatus was done. It was unreal. Goosebumps. Teary eyes. Stadium erupted with joy when she finishedhttps://t.co/tB7GOnMObE— Susie Leopold (@BlastyLavagrrrl) April 21, 2019 Read more..More about Watercooler, Ncaa, Twitter Moments, Gymnastics, and Katelyn Ohashi'

HBO takes on the 2017 USA Gymnastics scandal in chilling new trailer for 'At the Heart of Gold'

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The survivors of the 2017 USA Gymnastics sexual abuse scandal are speaking out once again — this time in a feature-length documentary for HBO. At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal takes an in-depth look at the toxic environment
'The survivors of the 2017 USA Gymnastics sexual abuse scandal are speaking out once again — this time in a feature-length documentary for HBO. At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal takes an in-depth look at the toxic environment within the ultra-competitive world of gymnastics that allowed for hundreds of young women and girls to be sexually abused by those they trusted most.While numerous coaches, gym owners, and support staff members were accused of abusing and mistreating the competitors they were supposed to look after, At the Heart of Gold seems primed to highlight the notorious crimes of former USA Gymnastics team doctor and serial child molester, Larry Nassar. Read more..More about Hbo, Documentary, Larry Nassar, Usa Gymnastics Scandal, and Entertainment'