USA Gymnastics skips Senate Hearing

USA Gymnastics, the national governing body for the Olympic sport, was a no-show Tuesday at a Congressional hearing into its handling of sexual abuse allegations — drawing a sharp rebuke from one lawmaker.

“I’m deeply disappointed they’ve sent a statement but no witness to question,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said.

“If they really cared, they would be here,” he added. “They have to answer for what happened here.” …

USA Gymnastics did not immediately respond to a request for comment about why it did not attend the hearing …

USA Gymnastics Blasted for Skipping Senate Hearing on Sex Abuse

Marcos Goto new coordinator of both Brazilian teams

papa-liukin summarizes news from Brazil:

Marcos Goto is the new coordinator of both Brazilian teams. It’s the first time the men’s and women’s programs will be under the same coach.

Alexander Alexandrov (former women’s coach) and Renato Araújo (former men’s coach) left Brazil shortly after the Olympics. Araújo is currently working in (Toronto) Canada while Alexandrov is in Houston, Texas.

Many prominent Brazilian coaches (including the personal coaches of Rebeca Andrade and Flávia Saraiva) also left Brazil to pursue opportunities elsewhere.

Original articles in Portuguese – Com Marcos Goto, ginástica feminina tem a chance de se reinventar

Andriy Stepanchenko Colorado Springs Head Coach

Andriy Stepanchenko has been named head coach for the men’s gymnastics athlete resident program at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA Gymnastics announced today. Stepanchenko has served as the assistant coach at the training center since December 2011.  …

In 2015 and 2016, Stepanchenko was the USA Gymnastics Men’s Coach of the Year and was the head coach of the U.S. Team at the 2015 World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland.  …