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  1. #2716

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    I don't think he does so at all any more, but very early in his daughters' professional careers, Petr actually caddied for them sometimes. I don't remember the son's name either, but I remember him playing in major junior tennis events over the last few years.

  2. #2717

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  3. #2718

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    I didn't know that about Petr! I don't remember hearing much about him since his retirement. That's pretty cool about caddying for them and it sounds like they were fairly young when they turned pro, so I like it even more.

    And thanks for posting his name @fastbackss. Sebastian. And now that I think about it, I watched Qualifying for the first time this year, so he may have just been in those rounds, not the main draw. What I remember for sure that surprised me was that he's playing for the US, not the Czech Republic.

  4. #2719

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    I have not observed Sebastian enough to comment, but the 2 girls were definitely raised almost entirely in the United States. They are American through and through. However, if it ever came time to get into the Olympics and they wanted to compete but couldn't get onto the American squad, I suspect the 2 girls would be very welcome to compete for the Czech Republic.

    Given their current world rankings, they would both very easily qualify as Czechs. And here's an interesting fact: I just checked the new rankings for today. If Olympic qualifying ended today, Jessica Korda would make it as an American, being the 2nd highest ranking American at #12. Nelly moved up to #32 on today's rankings. But she would not qualify as an American. There are other tournaments where the players are representing their countries. At this moment, both of them would easily qualify for the American team in the Solheim Cup, with 12 Americans competing against 12 Europeans. The Solheim Cup next occurs a year from now, and they will both be favored to make it, I'm sure. There are other relatively minor team events with small numbers of players from each country. Jessica would likely make all of the U.S. teams at present, and Nelly some of them. GH

  5. #2720

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    Olympic Committee Moves to Revoke U.S.A. Gymnastics’ Governing Rights
    By Juliet Macur
    Nov. 5, 2018
    [This is a breaking news story. Check back soon for updates.]

    The United States Olympic Committee moved to take over the operations of U.S.A. Gymnastics on Monday because of its handling of sexual assault complaints, including a team doctor who assaulted more than 300 athletes.

    The move, which comes after years of complaints that the national governing body was not doing enough to address sexual assault in the sport, is considered the “nuclear option” for the U.S.O.C, which rarely takes such action against the 50 federations under its umbrella.

    The step the Olympic committee is taking essentially allows for the national committee to take over the operations of the sport’s governing body, especially the national team, which will be under the management of the U.S.O.C. for the foreseeable future.

    “This is a situation in which there are no perfect solutions,” Sarah Hirshland, the Olympic committee’s chief executive, said in a statement. “Seeking to revoke recognition is not a conclusion that we have come to easily. In the short-term, we have to work to ensure that U.S.A.G. gymnasts have the support necessary to excel on and off the field of play. We are building plans to do just that.

    “In the long-term,” the statement said, “it will be the critically important responsibility of the recognized Gymnastics NGB, whether the existing organization or a new one, to lead gymnastics in the United States and build on the supportive community of athletes and clubs that can carry the sport forward for decades to come. We are prepared to identify and help build such an organization.”

    It was not immediately clear how the U.S.O.C. would handle the operations of the gymnastics federation while a potentially lengthy decertification process unfolds. The U.S.O.C. has to appoint a review board, hold a hearing, wait for the review panel to issue a report, and then the U.S.O.C. board will hold a final vote on decertification.

    However, in a statement, Hirshland held out the possibility that an entirely new entity be created to carry out the many responsibilities that U.S.A Gymnastics currently has. Those include managing elite national teams, and certifying gyms and coaches.

    “Over time, gymnastics clubs around the country may become members of a new organization that lives up to the expectations of the athletes and those that support them, their parents included,” Hirshland wrote. “I know that collectively, we are up to the task should that assignment be given at the outcome of this process.”

    In addition to its delayed responses to sexual assault complaints, the gymnastics federation has in recent months been unable to get a new leadership team in place. Kerry Perry, who replaced Steve Penny as chief exective, was forced out after she appointed Mary Lee Tracy, an elite coach and gym owner, to a leading development position even though Tracy continued to defend national team doctor Larry Nassar after 50 women had come forward saying he abused them.

    Altogether, more than 300 women and girls — including several Olympic gymnasts — have said they were assaulted by Nassar, a former Michigan State University physician who was sentenced to decades in prison for sex crimes dating to 1992.

    Last month, the board of the federation appointed former congresswoman Mary Bono as interim chief executive, but Bono resigned four days later after several top gymnasts complained about her association with a law firm that had advised the federation during the Nassar scandal.
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb

  6. #2721

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    I can't seem to see another example of the USOC using this "nuclear option." Does anyone know if it has been used before? I have known times when I thought that US Figure Skating, as a member of the International Skating Union, deserved this option, but I don't know that anyone has ever gotten it.


  7. #2722

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    Glenn I don't think the "nuclear option" has been used before. I think they thought putting Mary Bono in there was a good move until she showed she doesn't have the good sense God gave her. I wonder how bad things really are?
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb

  8. #2723

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    I'm not clear on how the money works for USOC, but gymnastics has always been one of the main marquee events, so they need it to run as smoothly as possible so that it continues to be a major draw and bring in the big bucks I'd imagine.

    Even though Mary Bono sucked and made bad decisions, there's nothing about hiring her that was a good decision even before the Nike incident from what I can tell. Why are you hiring someone who worked for the law firm that defended and helped cover for the predator? How does that make any sense? They did more than just defend him, they helped with providing false statements if memory serves. That's what I think this takeover is about. I think things are very bad and hiring Mary Bono helped to show yet again, they have no idea how to run USA Gymnastics on their own and make sound judgments. And this is after the pitiful woman before her who did USA Gymnastics no favors during the trial and sentencing phases. I don't believe she lasted a full year. It's like they learned nothing in the last few years and went back to business as usual with that Bono hire.

  9. #2724

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    Discovery of Missing Documents Spurred U.S.O.C. to Act Against Gymnastics Federation
    By Juliet Macur
    Nov. 8, 2018

    A trove of documents central to a sexual abuse investigation and long sought by investigators in Texas were found by U.S.A. Gymnastics officials at their headquarters in Indianapolis, pushing the United States Olympic Committee this week to avert the possibility of another scandal and move to take over the sports federation.

    The belated discovery of the documents, and questions about who handled them or knew about them, led the United States Olympic Committee to move on Monday to seize control of U.S.A. Gymnastics, according to the Olympic committee, which had also grown increasingly alarmed by turmoil in the management of the federation.

    Although it is not clear whether the discovery of the documents points to somebody trying to hide them, Olympic committee officials said they decided they could not abide that possibility leading to more turbulence in a popular and successful sport consisting of thousands of athletes, including Olympians, looking for new direction.

    The investigators consider the documents central to an investigation into the gymnastics national team doctor Lawrence G. Nassar and his sexual abuse of gymnasts at the now-shuttered women’s gymnastics training center in southeast Texas.

    Several former gymnasts have said Nassar sexually assaulted them at the training center under the guise of performing medical procedures. Nassar is serving effectively a life sentence in prison for multiple counts of criminal sexual misconduct and child pornography.

    Law enforcement officials in Walker County, Tex., the site of the training center, which is known as the Karolyi ranch, after Bela and Martha Karolyi, the coaches who own the property, said last month that they had not been able to find the documents they believed should have been there.

    As of Thursday morning, the documents remained at the U.S.A. Gymnastics office. David P. Weeks, district attorney for Walker County, said on Thursday that U.S.A. Gymnastics would be served a subpoena later in the day.

    Steve Penny, who was chief executive of U.S.A. Gymnastics when dozens of athletes and former athletes began going public with accusations that Nassar had sexually abused them, had ordered the removal of those documents from the ranch two years ago after Texas Rangers investigating Nassar were denied access to the property. At the time, the Rangers did not have a warrant, and U.S.A. Gymnastics said in a statement on Wednesday that it was never served a subpoena or a warrant for the documents.

    Federation officials said they asked prosecutors on Saturday to formally ask for the documents, asserting they could not simply turn them over because those documents contain “personally identifying information.”

    A grand jury in Walker County indicted Penny on Sept. 28 on allegations that he knowingly concealed or destroyed the documents. Last month, he was arrested on a felony charge of evidence tampering and has pleaded not guilty. If convicted, he could face two to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

    Penny’s lawyer, Rusty Hardin, said this week that Penny, who resigned from U.S.A. Gymnastics under pressure in 2017, never had possession of the documents and did not know where they might have ended up. By Penny’s account, he said, the last he knew was that an employee of the organization had shipped them to the federation’s Indianapolis headquarters. Hardin called the situation “a colossal misunderstanding” that prosecutors assumed Penny ever had the documents, much less doctored or destroyed them.

    It is unclear who at U.S.A. Gymnastics headquarters might have known the whereabouts of the documents, or for how long, or who reported their whereabouts to the Olympic committee.

    According to the gymnastics federation’s statement on Wednesday, someone at the organization read news reports late last month that prosecutors in Texas were still looking for documents with Nassar’s name on them and realized that U.S.A. Gymnastics might have that paperwork.

    Late last week, U.S.A. Gymnastics reached out to top executives at the U.S.O.C. to tell them they had located a cache of documents that could be from the Karolyi ranch. Patrick Sandusky, a spokesman for the Olympic committee, said his organization instructed U.S.A. Gymnastics officials to alert the authorities immediately.

    On Saturday, according to its statement, U.S.A. Gymnastics sent a letter to the Walker County district attorney’s office, notifying prosecutors that it possessed documents “that may have come from the ranch that may be applicable to the investigation, though none of these documents contain Nassar’s name.”

    Leslie King, the organization’s spokeswoman, said she did not know who initially realized that the documents being sought were at its headquarters. The statement said, however, that the federation’s current board of directors was seated in late June and had “no way of knowing if the documents are relevant to the case or if they originated at the ranch.”

    The Olympic committee has been considering a takeover of the gymnastics federation for months, Sandusky said. The U.S.O.C. had grown increasingly frustrated as U.S.A. Gymnastics stumbled in its attempts to move forward after the Nassar scandal and gain the trust of the gymnastics community and its leading athletes.

    The federation has made a series of hires that have upset and angered many of Nassar’s victims.

    The gymnastics federation has had three chief executives in less than two years. That void in leadership comes at a time when the federation is also mired in a crushing number of lawsuits filed by girls and women who were abused by Nassar. There is little chance that it will be able to settle those cases quickly, and it is possible that the settlements will bankrupt the organization.

    The mystery surrounding the documents and the questions of how they were handled led the U.S.O.C. to decide that U.S.A. Gymnastics, in its current form, would not be able to overhaul itself and that a new governing entity might have to be created. For months, government officials and former gymnasts have insisted as much.

    According to a person with knowledge of the process, Sarah Hirshland, the chief executive of the U.S.O.C., had been considering stripping U.S.A. Gymnastics of its powers as a national governing body, known as decertification, since moving into her job in August. She decided last weekend to make the move after the national team returned from the world artistic gymnastics championships in Doha, Qatar, where the American women won their fourth consecutive national team title. The announcement was welcomed by many people in the sport.

    “If they’re going to decertify,” said Dominique Moceanu, the 1996 Olympic gold medalist who now owns a gym in Ohio, “they should do it quickly so the athletes can prepare for the next Olympics.”

    The process of moving toward decertification could take months. To decertify the gymnastics federation and take away its role of overseeing every level of the sport in the country, the U.S.O.C. has to appoint a review board, hold a hearing and wait for the review panel to issue a report. Then the U.S.O.C. board would hold a final vote on decertification.

    In the meantime, the U.S.O.C. said it would manage the elite national teams. It is still trying to figure out how it will manage the federation’s other responsibilities, like overseeing local gyms, certifying coaches and managing its legal liabilities in litigation stemming from the sexual abuse scandal. U.S.A. Gymnastics will remain the governing body for the sport until the U.S.O.C. board holds its final vote.

    The U.S.O.C.’s move is hardly a panacea. In the coming weeks, the law firm Ropes & Gray is expected to issue a long-awaited report on the Olympic committee’s handling of the Nassar matter.
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb

  10. #2725

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    Lyon striker Ada Hegerberg, first female Ballon D'Or winner after scoring over 250 career goals at the age 23, asked to twerk on stage in front of footballing giants and the public watching. Disgusting and really ruined her moment she deserved. Poor.
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb

  11. #2726

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    It is Europe. Remember Milan and the Next Gen charade last year.
    Missing winter...

  12. #2727

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    DECEMBER 5, 2018 / 3:58 PM / UPDATED 20 MINUTES AGO
    U.S. Gymnastics, reeling from abuse scandal, files for bankruptcy

    (Reuters) - USA Gymnastics, the sport’s governing body, filed for bankruptcy on Wednesday, the latest blow for an organization that has struggled to recover from scandal after former national team doctor Larry Nassar sexually abused hundreds of gymnasts.

    The organization filed for protection from creditors in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Indianapolis, according to court records.

    Nassar was sentenced to up to 300 years in prison in separate in two different trials in Michigan last February after more than 350 women testified about abuse at his hands. The scandal prompted the entire board of directors at USA Gymnastics to resign, along with the president and athletic director at Michigan State University, where Nassar also worked.

    The bankruptcy filing allows USA Gymnastics to quickly resolve the claims made by the victims, the organization said in a statement.

    “We owe it to the survivors to resolve, fully and finally, claims based on the horrific acts of the past and, through this process, seek to expedite resolution and help them move forward,” Kathryn Carson, chairwoman of the USA Gymnastics board of directors, said in a statement

    Reporting by Joseph Ax; editing by Leslie Adler
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb

  13. #2728

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    Golden State Warriors Named Sports Illustrated's 2018 Sportsperson of the Year


    By ALAA ABDELDAIEM December 10, 2018
    The Golden State Warriors have been named Sports Illustrated's 2018 Sportsperson of the Year.

    "There are multiple individuals whom Sports Illustrated could have selected as the 2018 Sportsperson of the Year and few would have argued," Chris Stone, Editor–in–Chief of Sports Illustrated, said. "But it was impossible to overlook the influence that the Warriors, as a collective group, have had on their sport and the broader culture over the last half-decade. They are a generational phenomenon, the likes of which we might not see again for decades, if at all."

    From the Editors: Why the Golden State Warriors Are SI’s 2018 Sportsperson of the Year Honorees

    llustration by Mark Hammermeister

    From the moment they finished off the 2017 title, the Warriors were expected to do it again in 2018. After winning 58 games in the regular season, they went on to complete the first Finals sweep in 11 years, clinching their third title in four years by beating the Cleveland Cavaliers and establishing themselves as a dynasty.

    Sportsperson of the Year: Read the Full Feature Story Exclusively on Apple News

    In awarding Sportsperson of the Year to the Warriors, SI is also recognizing the team's franchise-wide commitment to service, community and the importance of taking a stand on matters beyond basketball.

    “This is an incredible honor and one that certainly signifies our Strength in Numbers philosophy as a team and organization,” Warriors President of Basketball Operations/General Manager Bob Myers told The Associated Press. “Our success is due to the contributions of every single player, coach and staff member in our organization; for Sports Illustrated to recognize this unique dynamic is truly special.”

    The Warriors are the fourth team ever and the first since the 2004 Boston Red Sox to win SI's Sportsperson of the Year award.

    The U.S. Men's Olympic Hockey Team in 1980 and the US Women's Soccer team in 1999 were the other two teams to win the award. They join last year's winners, José Altuve and J.J. Watt, as one of 65 total honorees. Other athletes to win Sportsperson of the Year include LeBron James, Serena Williams, Michael Phelps, Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali and Wayne Gretzky.

    The Golden State Warriors will be featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated's Dec. 17 issue.

    SI's other 2018 award honorees will also be featured in the magazine. Those recipients include John Cena, Muhammad Ali Legacy Award; Rachael Denhollander, Inspiration of the Year; Aaron Donald, Performer of the Year; Alvin Kamara, Breakout of the Year; and Leah Hayes, SportsKid of the Year.

    The Golden State Warriors will be celebrated as this year's Sportsperson of the Year at the Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year Award Show, airing on NBC Sports Network Thursday, December 13 at 9 p.m. ET. Comedian and actor Joel McHale will host this year’s event.
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb

  14. #2729

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    Report: USOC and others delayed in response to Nassar

    DENVER (AP) — An independent report details a toxic pattern of bureaucratic paralysis among Olympic leaders who reacted slowly, if at all, after they knew Larry Nassar was suspected of molesting young gymnasts.

    From the top office at the U.S. Olympic Committee to FBI bureaus in three cities to what was essentially an unchecked, rogue operation at the Karolyi Ranch in Texas, nobody stepped in quickly enough to stifle Nassar’s crimes, the report concludes.

    That delay ultimately gave Nassar more than a full year to abuse gymnasts after the first allegations surfaced.

    The USOC swiftly fired sports performance chief Alan Ashley in the wake of Monday’s release of the 233-page report from the law firm Ropes & Gray. One of its conclusions was that neither Ashley nor Scott Blackmun, who resigned in February as CEO of the USOC, elevated concerns about Nassar’s alleged abuse when they first learned of them from USA Gymnastics president Steve Penny in July 2015.

    And an email from Penny notifying Blackmun and Ashley of Nassar’s decision to step down from his volunteer position in September 2015 — after allegations had surfaced but before they’d become widely known — was deleted from both executives’ accounts. The report suggests Blackmun was fearful his email system may have been vulnerable to Russian hacking.

    “One thing we’ve learned from this experience is that these types of situations should be escalated,” said Susanne Lyons, a board member who served as acting CEO earlier this year. “Transparency is important.”

    The report says the USOC; USAG; Nassar’s employer, Michigan State; and the FBI all failed to protect athletes. The USOC’s failures led to an approximately 14-month period — July 2015 to September 2016 — during which Nassar was allowed to continue to molest girls despite the allegations.

    “While Nassar bears ultimate responsibility for his decades-long abuse of girls and young women, he did not operate in a vacuum,” the report says. “Instead, he acted within an ecosystem that facilitated his criminal acts.”

    Nassar is serving decades in prison on charges of child pornography and for molesting young women and girls under the guise of medical treatment; many of his accusers testified in heart-wrenching detail at his sentencing hearing in January.

    The USOC commissioned the report shortly after the testimony. More than 100 people were interviewed, including some survivors of sexual abuse. But a sizable number of Nassar victims — including 180 being represented by attorney John Manly — refused to participate because Manly didn’t believe the report was completely independent of the USOC.

    “That being said, it is a stinging indictment of the highest levels of the leadership of the United States Olympic Committee for their role in the cover-up (of) the largest sex-abuse scandal in the history of sports,” Manly said.

    Among the conclusions:

    — Blackmun never reported the allegations to either the USOC board or anyone on his staff. When asked about the Nassar case by chief security officer Larry Buendorf, who had received word separately from Penny, Blackmun told Buendorf he was aware of the issue and did not seek further guidance. Blackmun, who voluntarily answered questions for the report, explained he understood the seriousness of the Nassar allegations but because they involved an “insider” — Nassar was well-respected and had worked with USAG for nearly 30 years — the case was “especially sensitive.”

    — While Penny repeatedly tried to get the FBI to investigate, one of his key objectives was to keep the allegations from spilling into the public, to avoid “sending shockwaves through the community,” as he said in a conversation with an FBI agent. Because of that, very few inside USAG knew the extent of Nassar’s crimes — a factor that curtailed efforts to control him.

    — Despite Penny’s contacts with law enforcement, the report concludes “the investigation appears to have languished ... for over seven months” in the FBI’s Detroit office. USAG later took the allegations to the FBI’s Los Angeles office, but not until the Indianapolis Star report detailing Nassar’s abuse came out in September 2016 did that office take action.

    —The Texas training center where much of the abuse occurred was run by Bela and Martha Karolyi, whose penchant for churning out gold medalists earned them virtual carte blanche without having to answer to parents, individual coaches, or USAG and USOC authorities. The harsh regimen they imposed left athletes afraid to report injuries and almost completely beholden to Nassar, who “had broad latitude to commit his crimes, far from the gymnasts’ parents and unimpeded by any effective child-protective measures.”

    The backdrop of it all was a U.S. Olympic bureaucracy that had grown reluctant to police the sports organizations it oversaw. When Blackmun took over the USOC, its relationships with the national governing bodies were at a low point. He spent years trying to repair the relationships and the USOC “chose to adopt a deferential, service-oriented approach” to NGBs, according to the report.

    “In this governance model, the USOC exerted its broad statutory authority and monetary influence over individual sports primarily for the purpose of encouraging success at the Olympic Games, effectively outsourcing any decisions regarding on-the-ground child-protective practices to the NGBs,” the report states.

    That, in the minds of many of the survivors, was the most critical shortcoming: In short, the USOC valued medals over the athletes who won them.

    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ti-Amie View Post
    Golden State Warriors Named Sports Illustrated's 2018 Sportsperson of the Year

    In awarding Sportsperson of the Year to the Warriors, SI is also recognizing the team's franchise-wide commitment to service, community and the importance of taking a stand on matters beyond basketball.
    I'll reserve judgement til I read that part of the story but otherwise...blah.
    Thanks for the medal Johanna!

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