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USA Gymnastics Board Resigns on Time per USOC Demand
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All members of the USA Gymnastics Board have resigned as requested by the United States Olympic Committee, USAG said Wednesday in a statement, meeting the first deadline in a list of six demands that USAG must meet or face decertification as the governing body for the sport of gymnastics.

"USA Gymnastics has received resignations from all of the members of its Board of Directors, as required by the United States Olympic Committee," USA Gymnastics said in a statement. "USA Gymnastics thanks the Board members for their service. We are grateful for the time and effort each has devoted to USA Gymnastics."

On January 25, a day after former doctor turned convicted pedophile Larry Nassar was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison on seven charges of sexual assault, USOC CEO Scott Blackmun sent a letter to USA Gymnastics threatening the federation with decertification. The letter came following massive public backlash against both organizations during the sentencing hearing of the former team doctor, during which 156 survivors of his horrific sexual abuse shocked the world with their ordeal and their outrage at the organizations, including USA Gymnastics and the USOC, which were accused of failing to protect athletes and allowing gymnasts to train under extremely abusive conditions.

The first of six requirements were that the USAG's entire board of directors must resign by January 31. Chairman Paul Parilla, Vice President Jay Binder and Treasurer Bitsy Kelley, all long-time board members, resigned on January 22, but only under USOC pressure. The trio had refused to heed calls to resign from outspoken members of the gymnastics community, including Nassar survivor Jamie Dantzscher. Dantzscher, the first gymnast to file suit against USA Gymnastics and the first well-known gymnast to accuse Nassar of sexual assault under the guise of medical treatment, had attended last summer's with fliers demanding Parilla, Binder and Kelley resign for their behavior and devoted support of ousted CEO Steve Penny, who likewise resigned only when the USOC forced his hand.

The second step in the USOC's list of requirements will be for USA Gymnastics to form an interim board by February 28, which USAG stated is underway.

"We are in the process of moving forward with forming an interim Board of Directors during the month of February, in accordance with the USOC's requirements. USA Gymnastics will provide information about this process within the next few days."

The entire board was forced to resign, including the most recently elected athlete representatives, who just joined the board on January 1. They will be eligible to join a future board if re-elected.

Click here to read the letter from the USOC in PDF format.

Former USA Gymnastics Board of Directors

Board Executives

Paul Parilla, Chairman (resigned January 22)
Jay Binder, Vice Chairman/Secretary (resigned January 22)
Bitsy Kelley, Treasurer (resigned January 22)

National Membership Directors
Kelli Hill, women
Tom Koll, women
Mike Burns, men
Yoichi Tomita, men
Natalia Kozitskaya, rhythmic gymnastics
Patti Conner, trampoline and tumbling
Carisa Laughon, acrobatic gymnastics

Advisory Council Directors
Casey Koenig
Kathy Krebs
Rome Milan

Athlete Directors (appointed January 1, 2018)
Steve Legendre, men
Ava Gehringer, rhythmic gymnastics
Ivana Hong, women
Dylan Maurer, acrobatic gymnastics
Austin White, trampoline and tumbling

Public Sector Directors
David Benck
Kevin Martinez
Cathy Rigby McCoy (appointed March 2017)

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