U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Sarah Hirshland fired USOC chief of sport performance Alan Ashley on Monday morning after she was made aware of the contents of the Ropes & Gray report revealing that he failed to take action for 13 ½ months after learning about sexual abuse allegations against Larry Nassar.
USOC spokesman Patrick Sandusky confirmed the dismissal Monday afternoon, 20 minutes after USA TODAY broke the news of the damning report.
The law firm Ropes & Gray was hired in February by the USOC to investigate when USA Gymnastics and USOC officials first became aware of evidence of Nassar’s abuse and what they did with that information. It reviewed more than 1.3 million documents and interviewed more than 100 people, including gymnasts and employees and board members of the USOC, USAG and the U.S. Center for SafeSport.
Ashley oversaw the USOC's divisions that provided resources and support to the national governing bodies and top athletes competing internationally. The support includes funding, services and coaching, sport science, sports medicine and on-site operations in support of performance at the Olympics.
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Ashley was one of the highest paid USOC employees. Like many top executives, he earned bonuses based on the performance of American athletes at the Olympics.
According to the organization’s 990 tax forms, his compensation ranged from $426,000 to $459,000 annually from 2014-16. The USOC paid Ashley $720,000 in 2017, making him the organization’s second highest paid employee besides Blackmun, who received $1.3 million in compensation that year.
Contributing: Rachel Axon
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