The following statement is attributable to USOC CEO Sarah Hirshland:

“I’d like to thank the House Energy and Commerce Committee for conducting this important review and for the constructive recommendations they’ve provided. While we’ve only just begun to digest the recommendations, this report adds another significant source of information to ensure we understand areas in which the Olympic community failed athletes and meaningful actions we can take to ensure that athlete safety is our number one priority. Sexual abuse, harassment and discrimination have no place in the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic community, and it’s on all of us – member organizations, institutions, and individuals alike – to foster a healthy culture for competitive excellence.

Importantly, as noted in the report, we have taken meaningful action even since the Committee’s review began, including strengthening the U.S. Center for SafeSport and other athlete safety programs, policies and procedures; empowering athletes’ voices in shaping key USOC and NGB policies; and evaluating and reforming how the USOC engages with NGBs and athletes. We will continue to do the work necessary to develop a healthy culture that keeps athletes safe and allows them to be their very best.”    

USOC Athlete Safety Reforms Fact Sheet