COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The following statement regarding the resignation of USA Gymnastics interim CEO Mary Bono is attributable to USOC CEO Sarah Hirshland:
“We learned today that the interim CEO of USA Gymnastics, Mary Bono, resigned from her position. While the situation is unfortunate, we know that USA Gymnastics remains dedicated to the process of finding a new and permanent CEO. The USOC is committed to working hard with the USAG board to find the right leader who can build gymnastics up to the world-class organization we know that it can and should be. Both the USOC staff and myself will continue to work closely with USAG in both the short and long term as they search for a new leader. The well-being of Team USA athletes is our top priority as we manage this process.”
1. The CEO job for Gymnastics is, one of the toughest jobs in sport.
2. Key to the job is rebuilding confidence in the federation, in coaches and in athletes. Until that is done, sponsors will not have anything to do with the federatrion.
3. Even with an interim CEO, defacing a sponsor’s logo makes no sense.
4. We hope that the USOC has more luck in finding an acting CEO for USA Gymnastics who understands the needs of the sport, and most importantly, who knows that rebuilding the federation that governs one of the most popular sports in the Summer Olympic regimen is a long term project.
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