USA Gymnastics President Resigns Under Pressure
The president of USA Gymnastics, Kerry Perry, resigned under pressure Tuesday. The move came days after the U.S. Olympic Committee questioned her ability to lead the organization.
Perry spent nine months as president. During that time, she faced criticism from current and former athletes over how she was dealing with issues surrounding one of America's biggest sexual abuse scandals in history.
USA Gymnastics' longtime team doctor, Larry Nassar, is said to have abused more than 300 women and girls over a 30-year period.
Nassar stopped working with USA Gymnastics in 2015. He is serving an effective life sentence in prison for sexually abusing patients during medical treatment and for possessing sexual images of children.
When Perry took the job last December, she said her aim would be to create "an environment of empowerment where all have a strong voice."
But last week, USA Gymnastics faced criticism after the hiring of a coach for a high-level athlete development position. The coach, Mary Lee Tracy, publicly supported Nassar when abuse claims against him first appeared in the media two years ago.
Tracy told one reporter that Nassar was an "amazing" doctor to her athletes. Her comments came after 50 women had said they were abused by Nassar.
After USA Gymnastics announced Tracy's new position, several Nassar's victims noted her early support of the former doctor.
Olympic gold medalist and abuse survivor Aly Raisman wrote on Twitter, "This is a slap in the face for survivors, and further confirmation that nothing at USA Gymnastics has changed."
Tracy then reportedly made an effort last week to contact Raisman to apologize.
USA Gymnastics answered that attempt by asking Tracy to step down. The organization said Tracy had "inappropriately contacted a survivor."
Raisman is one of many abuse survivors suing USA Gymnastics. The USA Gymnastics request for Tracy to resign was likely done to protect the organization legally.
The move brought a new wave of negative media attention. The newly hired chief of the U.S. Olympic Committee, Sarah Hirshland, published a statement about USA Gymnastics Friday. She wrote that "it is time to consider making adjustments in the leadership."
The U.S. Olympic Committee oversees USA Gymnastics and other sports governing bodies.
Hirshland said the USOC would speak with USA Gymnastics representatives over the weekend. The discussion ended with Perry stepping down.
Perry's time as president
It is unclear how much of an effect Perry had in helping USA Gymnastics set a new path. Many of the moves Perry announced during her time as president came only after strong public pressure.
In January, for example, USA Gymnastics canceled its agreement to buy the Karolyi Ranch in Texas. The site had been a longtime training center for the women's national team. Many former team members have said Nassar repeatedly sexually abused them there.
But that decision came only after Olympic champion Simone Biles said she was abused by Nassar at the Ranch and questioned why she would have to return there to train.
Perry made few public statements during her nine months with USA Gymnastics. She appeared at a congressional hearing to discuss the future of the organization and how it handled claims of sex abuse. Her answers, however, offered few details.
At last month's national championships, Biles noted Perry's lack of communication. When reporters asked her if she felt Perry should speak up more, Biles answered, "Yes, it's her job."
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1.medical treatment 治疗；医疗
Several police officers received medical treatment for cuts and bruises.
2.speak up 说话
If you thought that wasn't fair, why didn't you speak up?
3.public pressure 公共压力
The City Council was forced to give way in the face of public pressure.
4.a lack of 缺乏
I was hampered by a lack of information.
5.Tracy then reportedly made an effort last week to contact Raisman to apologize.
made an effort to 努力...
We have made an effort to have a better and more efficient system in place.
He made an effort to get along well with his classmates.
6.USA Gymnastics answered that attempt by asking Tracy to step down.
step down 辞职；下台
Many would prefer to see him step down in favour of a younger man.
The reactionaries will never, of their own accord, step down from the stage of history.
周二，美国体操协会主席凯丽·佩里（Kerry Perry）迫于压力辞职 。几天前，美国奥委会曾质疑她领导体操协会的能力 。
佩里担任主席9个月 。在那段时间，她处理美国史上最大的性侵丑闻的方式饱受现任和前任运动员诟病 。
拉里·纳萨尔（Larry Nassar）是美国体操协会的长期队医 。据说，他在30年里性侵了300多名女性 。
2015年，纳萨尔与美国体操协会终止合作 。他因在医治过程中性侵病患以及保存儿童色情影像被判终身监禁，目前正在监狱服刑 。
而上周，美国体操协会在为一位高水平运动员发展职位聘请教练后，遭到了批评 。两年前，当有关纳萨尔性侵的报导首次被媒体披露时，教练玛丽·李·特蕾西曾公开支持他 。
特蕾西告诉记者，对于她带的运动员来说，纳萨尔是一位“了不起”的医生 。这番言论是在50名女性指控纳萨尔性侵之后作出的 。
奥运会金牌得主阿利·雷斯曼（Aly Raisman）是性侵受害者之一，她在推特上写道：“这是给受害者的一记耳光，进一步证实了美国体操协会并未做出任何改变 。”
美国体操协会对此回应称，已经要求特蕾西辞职 。该协会称，特蕾西“联系受害者的举止失当” 。
雷斯曼是众多控诉美国体操协会的性侵受害者之一 。美国体操协会要求特蕾西辞职很可能是为了保护该协会的合法权益 。
此举引发媒体新一轮的负面关注 。周五，美国奥委会新任主席萨拉·赫什兰德（Sarah Hirshland）发表了一份有关美国体操协会的声明 。她写道，“是时候考虑调整领导层了 。”
赫什兰德称，周末，奥委会将与美国体操协会代表谈话 。会议以让佩里辞职而结束 。
目前尚不清楚佩里在帮助美国体操协会开辟新道路方面做出多少贡献 。佩里在任职期间宣布的许多举措都是在公众的强压下才实施的 。
例如，今年1月，美国体操协会取消了购买德克萨斯州卡洛利农场的协议 。那里曾是女子国家队的长期训练中心 。许多前队员表示，纳萨尔在那里多次性侵了她们 。
但直到奥运冠军西蒙·拜尔斯（Simone Biles）指出在卡洛利农场遭到纳萨尔性侵，并质疑为何还要回那里训练后，体操协会才做出这一决定 。
在担任美国体操协会主席的9个月内，佩里鲜少发表公开声明 。她出席了国会听证会，讨论了该协会的未来发展以及如何处理性侵指控 。然而，她的回答并未提供多少细节 。
在上个月的全国锦标赛上，拜尔斯指出佩里缺乏沟通 。当记者问是否觉得佩里应该多说点什么时，拜尔斯回答称，“是的，这是她的本职工作 。”