Emails show deception by Larry Nassar, USA Gymnastics

Acting USOC chief executive Susanne Lyons

Acting USOC chief executive Susanne Lyons

With that, the chairman of the panel, Rep. Gregg Harper, R-Miss., twice banged his gavel and said to his peers, "Let's stay on track".

The objective of the hearing, held by a subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, was to examine the extent of sexual misconduct in the Olympic community and to explore whether current policies adequately protect amateur athletes at all levels from abuse.

About two hours into the House Commerce Committee's hearing on sexual abuse in Olympic sports, decorum was finally thrown out the window. "I know that we can do better".

Perry's statement also says USA Gymnastics is "participating in mediation in order to resolve the athletes' claims fairly and expeditiously" and that further mediation will hopefully take place in August, with the U.S. Olympic Committee invited to join.

She listed a number of steps USA Gymnastics has taken in recent months, including closing its training center at the Karolyi ranch in Texas, aiding investigations by Congress and the U.S. Olympic Committee, USOC and congressional investigations, supporting a law to safeguard amateur athletes, creating an athlete task force, and expanding its SafeSport department.

Also testifying were U.S. Olympic Committee acting CEO Susanne Lyons, USA Gymnastics CEO Kerry Perry, USA Taekwondo executive director Steve McNally, USA Swimming CEO Tim Hinchey and U.S. Center for SafeSport CEO Shellie Pfohl.

"There's one thing I haven't heard from any of you, and that is 'I'm sorry, '" Carter said.

SafeSport has an annual budget of about $4.6 million but its roughly dozen staff or contract workers are not enough to keep up with the 20 to 30 reports it receives each week, Pfohl said. A planned Senate Subcommittee hearing on May 22 was cancelled after multiple witnesses declined to testify, including former USA Gymnastics President Steve Penny, according to a report from the AP. Now, after Larry Nassar's high-profile conviction, it is now receiving 20-30 complaints per week.

The USOC athlete training center in Colorado Springs
The USOC athlete training center in Colorado Springs

The USOC established the U.S. Center for Safe Sport, an independent body to investigate complaints.

Perry was, perhaps, the most misleading of them all.

Experts who contributed to the IndyStar story suggested that, had USA Gymnastics been more proactive in addressing the concerns surrounding Nassar - instead of covering it up with false stories about his illness and his private practice - they could have prevented a lot more girls from being abused.

USA Swimming said in a statement, "We have been in regular contact with her legal team over the last several months and will continue to work with them and Ariana through this process".

The suit in question was filed by a gymnast from Carter's state, who alleged that McCabe videotaped her undressing, among other things.

Nassar, a former USA Gymnastics team doctor, will remain in prison for the rest of his life after hundreds of gymnasts said he sexually abused them under his care. Ongoing investigations were propped up as progress, in exchange for concrete answers about who knew what, when.

"More must be done to ensure athlete safety is the top priority of the USOC" and the governing bodies of the various sports, Walden said.

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