Olympic swimmer files sexual abuse lawsuit, claims USA Swimming ignored matter

Smith alleges Hutchison began ‘grooming’ her when she was just 13 before molesting her when she was 16. She contends that USA Swimming was aware of the allegations in 2010 yet did nothing when confronted with the claims, per the New York Times.

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Last February, USA Swimming stated that they investigated the alleged abuse in 2010 but dropped the matter when Smith and Hutchison “unequivocally denied the existence of a romantic or physical relationship” – an investigation which her lawyer has since referred to as a “sham”.

By doing nothing, it enabled Sean to abuse me for a decade,” Smith said in a statement released Monday.

USA Swimming swiftly responded, saying: “As expressed earlier this year, we respect Ariana Kukors’ bravery in stepping forward and sharing her story. 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.”

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Hutchison, via his lawyer Brad Meryhew, acknowledged the accusations on Monday but said that he had no comment on the matter.

However, in February Meryhew said that his client had been involved in a “committed relationship” with Smith, adding that they had lived together for more than a year following the 2012 Olympics.

Smith’s lawsuit also names USA Swimming coach Mark Schubert, claiming that he was aware of rumors surrounding Smith and Hutchison but made no attempt to report the inappropriate relationship.

At a press conference on Monday, Smith said that she had not been fully able to process what had happened between her and Hutchison until this year.

The entire time that we were in a ‘relationship,’ I was 15. It was a man who held my Olympic dream in the palm of his hand. He programmed me,” she said.

The allegations against USA Swimming come in the wake of the conviction of Larry Nassar, a doctor who was found to have engaged in a wide-ranging series of abuses of young gymnasts. He has been sentenced to between 40 and 175 years in prison.

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IOC lifts suspension on Russian Olympic Committee (WATCH LIVE)

Last week, the ROC paid $15 million to the IOC for the restoration of its membership, in the hope Russian athletes would be allowed to march under their national flag at the PyeongChang 2018 closing ceremony.

The Olympic governing body, however, voted to uphold the ban, citing two positive doping tests from Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR) – bobsledder Nadezhda Sergeeva and curler Alexander Krushelnitsky – during the Games.

The pair have since been disqualified and stripped of their results. In Krushelnitsky case, he was forced to hand back a bronze medal.

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Duke & Collett: Zionists de-Russify the Olympic Games in Pursuit of Greater Israel !

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Sochi 2014 Olympic ring failure featured on IOC’s ‘404 error’ page

Sometimes things don’t go as planned,” the caption under the picture reads, in a reference to when one of the Olympic rings failed to open at Sochi’s lavish opening ceremony, becoming the subject of much ridicule.

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During the ceremony at Fisht Olympic Stadium four years ago, five giant snowflakes coming together at the top of the arena should have transformed into the famous Olympic rings. However, due to a technical fault, one snowflake failed to open.

The episode, which immediately became a meme, was one of the most discussed moments of the Sochi Games. Organizers poked fun at the ring-opening glitch, ridiculing the awkward incident during the closing ceremony.

At the beginning of the closing ceremony a group of dancers which should have formed the five Olympic rings purposefully did not complete the opening of the fifth ring in a nod to the curtain-raiser mishap.

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After Oversleeping, Teen Drops F-Bomb On Live TV And Wins Olympic Gold

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Is “be as badass as Red Gerard” on your bucket list? No? Well, it should be.

The night before competing in the Olympic Games, the Colorado teenager stayed up late binge-watching episodes of Brooklyn Nine-Nine with his roommate, Kyle Mack.  As a result, he slept through his 6 am alarm the next morning.

After Mack eventually dragged Gerard out of his bed, the snowboarder realized he couldn’t find his coat. So, he borrowed his friend’s and bolted out of the door — an egg, ham, avocado and cheese sandwich in tow.

Like a boss, the 17-year-old proceeded to compete in the Olympics and won the United States’ first gold medal. Yahoo Sports! reports that Gerard scored 87.16 on his final run in the men’s slopestyle, beating Canada’s Max Parrot and Mark McMorris.

As soon as he saw his results, the Colorado teenager couldn’t help but yell, “Holy fuck!” It happened so suddenly, it slipped through TV censors.

“It’s crazy, to be honest, I cannot believe it,” said Gerard. I’m ecstatic. “I can’t believe I got to land my run. Just to land a run would have been plenty for me and to get on the podium, but to get first is crazy.”

Gerard is the first Winter Olympic medalist born this century.

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World’s biggest franchise: Who profits from the Olympic Games?

To make it more specific – whose money makes the Olympics roll?

There’s arguably no sleeker money-making machine in the world than the IOC currently is – selling its name & symbols for a major buck. But let’s address common misconceptions first.

Popular belief:

The IOC is somewhat similar to the UN – it exists on fees paid by respective country members or, more specifically, National Olympic Committees.

Truth:

The IOC is, essentially, a private organization incorporated in Switzerland as a non-profit.
It proudly says about itself

…As an entirely privately funded organisation, the IOC’s commercial partnerships continue to prove invaluable to the staging of the Olympic Games and the operations of every organisation within the Olympic Movement.

Popular belief:

The IOC and the Olympics organizers share costs of preparing and staging the Olympics.

Truth:

The Olympic Games are the world biggest franchise – an applicant-city has to convince the IOC that is has already prepared, or will prepare in time, what is necessary for the Games. Bearing all associated costs. ‘What’s necessary’ is at the sole discretion of the IOC. In exchange the successful bidder gets the right to call its competition ‘the Olympic Games’.

The lion’s share of expenses is always borne by the organizers. Including, but not limited to, building sport facilities, organizing lodgings and transportation for athletes and officials, feeding them during the Games etc., etc.

The only large expense borne by the IOC is the organization of television broadcasting of the events.

Popular Belief:

Surely, the profits are shared between the Olympics organizers and the IOC?

Truth:

Barely. The IOC retains and controls almost all the marketing rights associated with the Games. Profits from on-site Olympic paraphernalia and venue tickets sales are shared – but those are minor compared to the main sources of income. The main profits from those marketing rights always go straight to the IOC.

Popular Belief:

Speaking of main sources of income: the Games are largely underwritten by all those transnational corporations whose ads you get to see all the time, both as posters on the Olympic arenas and on your TV, right?

Truth:

Yes and no. In order to be associated with the IOC and have the right to display patented Olympic Rings on your wares, one has to buy into the Olympic Partner (TOP) Programme. Currently there are 13 large corporations, mostly US-headquartered that “pay the IOC for the rings.” They pay hundreds of millions of dollars per year for the privilege.

Yet the TOP Programme, while important, is a secondary source of money for the IOC.
Did we mention that all the money from the TOP go straight into the IOC coffers, the Games organizers have nothing to do with that?

…So, if ticket sales are minor source of income and even the money from those mighty Coca-Cola, P&G and Visa are small fry in comparison – who’s the IOC’s main financial sponsor?

The answer is simple: NBC Universal. An American media conglomerate that provides the IOC with a whopping 40+ percent of all its revenue from any given Olympic Games.

That follows from simple math: the New York City-headquartered corporation paid the IOC $4.38 billion for the TV rights for the US market for the four Olympics from 2014-2020, inclusive of PyeongChang 2018, or $1.1 billion on average (the contract does not distinguish between the Summer and Winter Olympics). 

For those stunned by the amount of money the Americans are willing to send to Lausanne, here’s an even more impressive figure: as early as 2014, NBC and the IOC extended their deal to cover the next six Olympics till 2032 – for $7.75 billion, or 1.3 billion each.

How and if NBC makes return on such a huge investment (the biggest sum paid in television history) is a separate story – but the fact is, the Americans are the Olympic movement’s biggest ‘shareholders’. One might even call it having a ‘controlling stake’.

But that’s not it. Tired of haggling with European broadcasters individually, the IOC decided to sell the TV rights to the whole of Europe in one package. The Europeans tried, but failed, to appease the IOC’s appetite. The rights went to another US-based media behemoth – Discovery Communications. The deal is not as sweet for the IOC as the NBC one, but not a pesky number by any means: the Maryland-based corporation paid €1.3 billion for four Olympics 2018-2024 (about US$1.6 billion at the current rate, or $40 million ‘per item’). Discovery then proceeded to resell the rights piecemeal to individual European broadcasters, which caused no end of anguish for the latter, but again, that’s a separate story.

Compared to the NBC and Discovery deals, the rest of the world is paying a lot less – while not publicly disclosed, estimates indicate that the two biggest IOC earners outside the US and Europe – the Japanese and Chinese TV rights – give the Olympic right-holders $250 and $125 million per ‘Olympiad’, respectively.

All in all, the latest breakdown of the IOC revenue looks as follows:

• 73 percent broadcasting rights
• 18 percent the Olympic Partner (TOP) Programme marketing rights
• 5 percent other revenue
• 4 percent other rights

The total IOC revenue for the upcoming Games could be (rather conservatively) estimated at $2 billion. Does that mean the IOC bosses get to put it into the Swiss bank vaults nearby? Of course not! Most of the money will be spent on aiding poorer countries’ sports development, as well as staging loss-making competitions such a Youth Olympic Games. The IOC, however, modestly mentions in its documents that “somewhat less than 10 percent of revenue goes towards keeping it functional” – not a small chunk of money by any means.

More importantly, the IOC is barely hiding that these days its prime function is to increase the revenue flow by selling what could be sold to the highest bidder. Whoever that bidder is and wherever it comes from. As a result, it starts to resemble a corporation in which key investors demand more compliance from the management – “or else.” So much for the ‘international Olympic movement.’

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Fly the flag’: MP proposes plan for popular support of Russian Olympic athletes

I propose that our National Olympic Committee issues an address to the people and asks them to fly the Russian tricolor on their homes for the period of the 2018 Winter Olympics as a sign of support and solidarity with our athletes,” Vitaly Milonov (United Russia) said in a recent interview with RIA Novosti.

They have banned our athletes from competing under our flag and forbid them to bear any signs of their nation on their clothing. But regardless of all that they still remain Russian athletes who are defending our country’s honor. We must support them regardless of any resistance offered by our enemies, both open and hidden,” Milonov told reporters.

No one can forbid us to love our athletes and sympathize with them. They must know that people still support them at home and wait for their return. The flag is a symbol of our solidarity with them,” he concluded.

The official letter with the proposal was sent to the Russian National Olympic Committee on Monday.

In early December, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) suspended the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) from the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics after studying the results of two separate investigations of alleged Russian doping – one concerning individual athletes, the other institutional violations.

The committee still allowed “clean” Russian athletes to compete in the 2018 games, but under condition that they do so under a neutral flag and do not publicly display any signs or symbols associated with Russia. Competing as neutrals without a national team means that athletes will not take part in the opening ceremony, and their country’s anthem will not be played if they win any medals.

On February 1 the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) cleared 28 Russian athletes and coaches of doping charges and ordered to lift the lifetime ban on their participation in the games. However, the International Olympic Committee still refused to invite Russian athletes to the 2018 Winter Olympics. 

In explanations over this step the IOC said it had considered “additional elements and/or evidence” that were unavailable to other instances, but refuse to reveal the full reasoning for the decision.

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The yolk’s on you: Norway’s Olympic team overwhelmed with 15,000 eggs they didn’t order

The Norwegian Olympic team, which arrived in PyeongChang for the 2018 Winter Games, had placed an order for 1,500 eggs, but something was lost in translation – or rather, added: An extra zero increased the order tenfold.

The conversation between the Norwegian guests and the Korean hosts wasn’t all that smooth as both sides made use of an online translator, Aftenposten reports.

Finally, the delivery arrived, but it only took one look at it too see it was too much. “We received half a truck load of eggs,” said Stale Johansen, the Team Norway’s chef. “There was no end to the delivery. Absolutely unbelievable,” he added.

Fortunately, the chefs managed to return most of the order – 13,500 eggs, to be precise – but they say Norwegian athletes in need of protein can still expect a lot egg-wise.

“There will be omelets, boiled and fried eggs and smoked salmon with scrambled eggs. And we hope there will be a lot of sugar bread made for medal winners,” Johansen said.

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The Games will push Norwegian cooks to their limits, he added, saying “the biggest challenge is that we will serve food virtually around the clock.”

“We have both cross-country skiing and ice skating here, and there is food served from half past seven in the morning until almost two,” the chef explained.

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IOC ‘regrets’ Russian athletes’ Olympic appeal success

On Thursday, CAS ruled to drop the Olympic lifetime bans of 28 athletes, reinstate their results and make them eligible to compete in the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games, stating that the evidence in their cases was “insufficient” to establish that “an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) was committed by the athletes.”

CAS did however partially uphold the appeals of 11 other Russian athletes, but downgraded their lifetime Olympic bans to “ineligibility” only for the upcoming PyeongChang Games, which begin on February 9.

An IOC statement released following the ruling read, “On the one hand, the confirmation of the Anti-Doping Rule Violations for 11 athletes because of the manipulation of their samples clearly demonstrates once more the existence of the systemic manipulation of the anti-doping system at the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014.

“On the other hand, the IOC regrets very much that – according to the CAS press release – the panels did not take this proven existence of the systemic manipulation of the anti-doping system into consideration for the other 28 cases.”

The IOC statement outlined that CAS required a “higher threshold” of evidence than required by the Oswald Commission, a WADA-backed investigation into alleged state-sponsored doping, and the findings of which led to the initial bans. The organization said it will “consider consequences, including an appeal to the Swiss Federal Tribunal.”

Russian athletes are still only allowed to compete at PyeongChang by invitation from the IOC, as the decision by the organization’s Executive Board on December 5 to suspend the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) remains in place. Therefore, the 28 athletes are not automatically guaranteed a place at PyeongChang.

Among those free to compete in the games are Sochi Olympic champion cross-country skiers Alexander Legkov and Maxim Vylegzhanin. Speed-skater Olga Fatkulina, bobsledders Dmitry Trunenkov and Alexey Negodaylo, and skeleton racer Aleksandr Tretiakov – all of whom won gold or silver medals at the 2014 Sochi Olympics – were also given permission to take part.

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Official Olympic website shows pictures of Russian athletes in uniform with national flags

On December 5, the IOC’s Executive Board voted in favor of excluding Russia from the upcoming PyeongChang Olympics as the result of an investigation into the country’s alleged doping violations.

Following Russia’s disqualification from next month’s Winter Games, the IOC ruled that national athletes who can prove a clean doping history to a specially appointed Invitation Review Panel would be allowed to take part in the event under the name of Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR).

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All Russian national emblems, including the flag, anthem and coat of arms were banned by the IOC; with athletes being warned that any demonstration of their national affiliation will be strictly penalized.

In the “Olympic Athlete from Russia Conduct Guidelines” issued by the IOC last week, the body outlined that OAR athletes should “refrain from any public form of publicity, activity and communication associated with the national flag, anthem, emblem and symbols and NOC emblem at any Olympic site or via media.

However, the official website of the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Games displays images of the OAR athletes, in which the Russian flag is clearly visible.

In the ‘Athletes and Teams’ section of the site, the majority of OAR ice hockey players have profile pictures that were used for previous tournaments, with jerseys emblazoned with the Russian national tricolor.

A member of the curling team, Julia Guzieva, is also depicted in a sports jacket with white, blue and red lines forming the country’s flag.

Requirements stipulated by the IOC state that no indication of Russian nationality should feature on the Olympic uniform. The word “Russia” should be the same size as the words “Olympic Athlete from,” and all national emblems must be replaced with the neutral OAR logo.

The IOC also stressed that the Olympic uniform should be made in single or dual colors, which should not necessarily reflect the colors of the Russian national flag.

It remains unknown whether the IOC will implement any sanctions against those who approved the outdated pictures for the Olympic website, but in guidelines published last Friday, the body said it “will monitor the application of these guidelines prior to and during the PyeongChang 2018.”

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The conduct guidelines established by the IOC set out the rules that must be obeyed by OAR members during the Games. As well as prohibiting the display of national emblems, the body also forbids OAR members from accepting the national flag from the crowd, showing national symbols on social media, and singing the national anthem inside an Olympic venue.

OAR athletes are also not allowed to take part in “alternate” victory ceremonies organized by the Russian Olympic Committee or any third party.

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