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Olympians, coaches call for USOC Resignations

158 Olympians call for USOC changes

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - In a little more than one week, the number of Olympians calling for the “near-complete” resignation of the U.S. Olympic Committee Board and senior leadership has more than tripled.

The list is comprised of 158 athletes, coaches, and Larry Nassar abuse victims. 

Rachael Denhollander, the gymnast who triggered the outcry against the now-infamous USA Gymnastics team doctor, is among the names -- as is Judge Rosemarie Aquilina, who sentenced Larry Nassar in the USA Gymnastics sex abuse case. 

They call themselves Team Integrity. 

Their outcry seemed to reach a fever pitch after last week’s appointment of USOC Board Member Rich Bender and reappointment of Steve Mesler.  Team Integrity says the moves highlight “policies that continue to leave athletes vulnerable to abuse and retaliation.”

Team Integrity is asking for athletes’ voices in leadership and governance, as outlined in the recent Ropes & Gray Investigation, and Congressional House subcommittee report. 

When KRDO NewsChannel 13 asked a USOC spokesman Monday for comment on the growing number of people asking for the board’s removal, we were told: “No, sorry.”

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