Sarah Hirshland took over as chief executive of the United States Olympic Committee at a fraught time. The organization was reeling from heavy criticism over its response, or its lack of one, to the sexual abuse accusations against Lawrence G. Nassar, then a team doctor for U.S.A. Gymnastics.
Now, after six months in the job, Hirshland spoke with reporters and editors of The New York Times about some of the issues that have dominated the early part of her tenure.
Hirshland began the discussion by highlighting four key areas.
Hirshland: The first is, maintaining clear focus on the mission to empower athletes to succeed on the highest level, on the grandest stages, and doing so in an environment that provides them the safety, the resources and the tools they need to be successful in that adventure.
The second is ensuring that athletes have a voice and a seat at the table as the organization is making decisions. They have to play a critical part not only on the field of play but off the field of play.
The third is striving for an environment in the Olympic movement that’s free of abuse. There’s some work that’s been done, work that’s being done and work that we need to do.
The fourth is focusing on stewarding the Olympic and Paralympic movement in this country as we think about our role on the global stage.
Excerpts from the interview with Hirshland are below:
Do you need federal funding at this point? For decades, you got no federal funding. Is it time to say we need to get a lot of money from the federal government?
One of the things I hope to do is identify the revenue gap between the size of the pie today and what we think a reasonable size of the pie could and should be to provide the funding to all of the athletes who have the capability to compete at the Olympic and Paralympic level. There is a revenue gap. If every athlete who had the talent to compete had the tools they needed, what would that number be?
I can’t tell you today what that revenue gap is. Then the question becomes, what’s the best way to fill it?
Will you push for government funding for the U.S. Center for SafeSport?
Every meeting I’ve had in Washington, I’ve asked for money for the Center for SafeSport.
We asked for, it was before my time, I think million a year. What came back was .5 million over five years.
I don’t think there’s an easy answer that says, yes, the government’s going to fund this to this amount and here’s where it’s going to come from. We don’t have any confidence that real funding is going to come at this point.
I would think it would be a priority to get it funded properly because it’s sadly underfunded.
The center asked us for .2 million next year. We said yes. They haven’t come back and said we need more money.
There are coaches that have been banned who are still coaching. These guys are still out there. Sources have said they put in a complaint to SafeSport and no one got back to them. They probably need a lot more money not only for policing but education.
There is no doubt that the capacity of the center is not where it needs to be to handle the volume. My understanding is that they are growing and hiring as fast as they can. Funding is not the issue; it’s capacity and growth rate. It’s a huge priority for us. But at the same time, it’s an independent organization that’s accountable to its board. We have given them every dollar they have asked for. If SafeSport needs more money, I certainly hope that they will ask for it.
There’s still fallout from all the lawsuits. Are you confident the U.S.O.C. will survive? Will it have to declare bankruptcy?
I am confident, based on the information I have today, that we will be able to resolve the litigation and be strong and healthy as we go forward.
We take the litigation and our responsibility very seriously. The Olympic movement failed these athletes, and we absolutely have a moral and ethical obligation.
How have the sponsorships changed? Have you had trouble gaining new sponsorships or lost a lot of sponsorships?
We have not. It’s been a natural process: Sometimes a sponsor doesn’t renew and you add a new sponsor, that’s a natural evolution. The numbers and the revenue are not markedly different.
What’s an early look at the Los Angeles Olympics? Are people going to be excited about L.A.?
Based on really early measures, the answer is absolutely yes. The energy around it is very positive. But this will ebb and flow. We’re still a little bit in the honeymoon of the news that it’s coming.
You’re interfacing with a troubled movement internationally. They’re getting turned down by cities. There has been enormous corruption. It’s a troubled model. How do you fit into that? Is there a larger, existential problem?
And yet there are thousands of athletes whose lives are changed for the better constantly by this movement. There’s no doubt there are two sides to the coin. You can’t get too focused on the side you just described that you lose sight of the side I choose to spend more time thinking about.
Fundamentally, the Olympics and sports in general are about breaking down barriers and uniting people. The complexities of the system continue to expose challenges and the need for change.
We have to set the example, and we have to play better ourselves. We can’t possibly solve all of that if we don’t have our own house in order.
Do you think the current Olympic model works? Every four years having a new city hosting the Olympics?
It’s fiscally not responsible to create the infrastructure for an Olympic Games just for an Olympic Games. That can’t work. A city has to either need the infrastructure and use the Olympics to accelerate its development, or the infrastructure has to exist. The notion that we’re going to go here and build the infrastructure for the Olympics is not sustainable.
As we looked at opportunities for the Winter Games, that’s an incredibly compelling reality of Salt Lake City. There is not a construction requirement there to host an Olympic Games.
Are there other cities in the pipeline?
We have been very clear in selecting Salt Lake, to not encourage other cities to prepare to host a Winter Games. We have determined that Salt Lake is our best foot forward for the Winter. And we are not even contemplating Summer beyond L.A.
How confident are you that L.A. will make a profit?
I feel really good about L.A. It’s 10 years out, but the fundamental economic model is really strong because the infrastructure is where the huge part of the cost is. And the infrastructure was either there or was already in the plan to be built as part of L.A.’s natural development.
Under your predecessor, the staff of the U.S.O.C. would get bonuses depending on the performance of the athletes at the Olympics. Is that a good model?
One of the things I’ve changed is the staff incentive model for 2019. There is still a component of athletic success, but it is much more based on a variety of components.
What has the last six months been like?
I logged 115,000 miles in my first five months. I had to make choices about going deep or going broad. I went really broad and met a lot of people at a cursory level. Now I’m starting to home in on priorities.
It feels now like a manageable intake, like I have enough space mentally and time to start to take control and implement change.
The only way I can be good and strong for the organization is to keep myself strong mentally and physically. I’m working hard to make sure this doesn’t consume me.
I can’t be fearful on this job. Being fearful on this job is not a recipe for success.B:
078期香港买马结果【这】【就】【被】【强】【行】【收】【为】【记】【名】【弟】【子】【了】？ 【这】【都】【什】【么】【玩】【意】【儿】？【一】【个】【先】【天】【境】【五】【重】【天】【的】【强】【者】【真】【要】【收】【弟】【子】，【报】【名】【的】【人】【还】【不】【排】【起】【长】【龙】？【还】【用】【得】【着】【像】【拉】【壮】【丁】【一】【样】？ 【许】【靖】【敢】【打】【赌】，【这】【里】【面】【绝】【对】【有】【猫】【腻】，【如】【果】【没】【有】，【朱】【轩】【吃】【屎】！ 【许】【靖】【心】【里】【在】【认】【真】【的】【思】【索】【一】【个】【问】【题】，【面】【对】【先】【天】【五】【重】【天】【的】【强】【者】，【能】【跑】【的】【掉】【吗】？ 【打】【也】【打】【不】【过】，【跑】【也】【跑】【不】【掉】，
【韩】【知】【返】【心】【想】，【这】【一】【晚】【只】【是】【一】【场】【意】【外】，【以】【后】【不】【会】【发】【生】【类】【似】【的】【事】【情】【了】。 【可】【是】【他】【这】【样】【的】【想】【法】，【持】【续】【了】【不】【过】【十】【二】【个】【小】【时】，【在】【医】【院】，【程】【晗】【被】【送】【进】【手】【术】【室】【三】【个】【小】【时】【后】，【他】【看】【着】【急】【的】【坐】【立】【不】【安】、【一】【直】【都】【没】【进】【食】、【面】【色】【苍】【白】【的】【程】【未】【晚】，【还】【是】【忍】【不】【住】【走】【到】【她】【跟】【前】，【抓】【了】【她】【的】【胳】【膊】：“【走】【吧】，【我】【们】【去】【吃】【点】【东】【西】。” 【程】【未】【晚】【小】【声】【拒】【绝】：“
【抬】【起】【手】【掌】，【看】【着】【一】【点】【点】【崩】【溃】【的】【魔】【力】【光】【辉】，【姬】【光】【语】【气】【一】【如】【既】【往】【的】【平】【淡】：“【只】【是】【想】【要】【借】【着】【这】【种】【法】【则】【的】【对】【冲】【确】【认】【的】，【但】【既】【然】【有】【更】【好】【的】【选】【定】【也】【便】【无】【须】【用】【这】【种】【低】【服】【从】【的】【方】【法】【了】” 【咔】【嚓】—— 【脚】【下】，【漆】【黑】【的】【螺】【旋】【之】【环】【一】【点】【点】【显】【化】，【从】【天】【际】【那】【庞】【大】【的】【圆】【环】【内】【疏】【散】【而】【出】【的】【无】【视】【樱】【色】【箭】【矢】，【突】【然】【间】【有】【跨】【越】【一】【半】【的】【数】【目】【向】【着】【这】【道】【螺】【旋】【之】【环】078期香港买马结果“【孙】【福】，【将】【晋】【王】【妃】【关】【入】【地】【牢】！” 【孙】【福】【本】【就】【是】【一】【副】【胆】【战】【心】【惊】【的】【样】【子】，【闻】【言】【更】【是】【害】【怕】，【瞥】【了】【宁】【玖】【妍】【一】【眼】，【便】【领】【命】【让】【金】【吾】【卫】【将】【宁】【玖】【妍】【押】【了】【下】【去】。 “【父】【皇】！” “【够】【了】！”【皇】【上】【呵】【斥】【道】，“【这】【件】【事】【情】，【朕】【会】【彻】【查】【到】【底】！【都】【给】【朕】【退】【下】！” 【安】【贵】【妃】【扯】【住】【了】【晋】【王】【的】【衣】【袖】，【用】【眼】【神】【警】【告】【他】【不】【许】【乱】【来】。 【众】【人】【都】【退】【下】【了】，【皇】
【为】【了】【纪】【念】【他】【们】【的】【相】【遇】，【他】【们】【把】【婚】【期】【定】【在】【了】【八】【年】【前】【相】【遇】【的】【那】【一】【天】，【请】【来】【了】【各】【自】【的】【亲】【朋】【好】【友】。 “【你】【们】【八】【年】【的】【爱】【情】【长】【跑】【总】【算】【有】【结】【果】【了】，【我】【太】【感】【动】【了】！”【罗】【娜】【娜】【说】【道】。 “【又】【不】【是】【你】【八】【年】【长】【跑】，【你】【感】【动】【个】【啥】！”【周】【小】【茉】【说】【道】。 “【落】【落】【要】【结】【婚】【了】【我】【感】【动】【还】【不】【行】【吗】？”【罗】【娜】【娜】【说】【道】。 “【没】【想】【到】【落】【落】【竟】【然】【真】【的】【和】【顾】【清】【结】【婚】
【周】【洪】【骏】【的】【这】【一】【反】【应】【不】【仅】【落】【入】【了】【秦】【晋】【辉】【的】【眼】【中】，【就】【连】【一】【旁】【的】【晏】【云】【影】【和】【刘】【警】【官】【都】【注】【意】【到】【了】。 【现】【在】【他】【们】【都】【已】【经】【肯】【定】，【凶】【手】【就】【是】【周】【洪】【骏】【了】。 【秦】【晋】【辉】【笑】【了】【笑】，【继】【续】【说】【道】:“【你】【停】【在】【了】【巷】【口】，【四】【处】【观】【望】【有】【没】【有】【人】。【然】【后】【就】【打】【开】【院】【门】，【进】【了】【陈】【医】【生】【的】【后】【院】。【刚】【好】【那】【个】【时】【候】【我】【看】【了】【一】【下】【手】【机】，【正】【好】【是】【两】【点】【四】【十】【五】【分】。【而】【在】【五】【分】【钟】【后】
【李】【阳】【在】【摆】【摊】【做】【生】【意】，【这】【些】【人】【也】【知】【道】【不】【能】【堵】【着】【人】【家】【的】【摊】【位】，【这】【样】【的】【话】，【李】【阳】【肯】【定】【会】【赶】【走】【他】【们】。 【所】【以】，【他】【们】【也】【打】【算】【买】【点】【烧】【烤】，【甚】【至】【喝】【点】【小】【酒】，【一】【边】【吃】，【一】【边】【继】【续】【看】【美】【女】，【这】【更】【是】【一】【种】【精】【神】【上】【的】【满】【足】【和】【享】【受】。 【当】【然】，【若】【是】【能】【获】【得】【认】【识】【美】【女】【的】【机】【会】，【那】【更】【是】【求】【之】【不】【得】。 【吃】【点】【烧】【烤】【才】【花】【几】【个】【钱】【罢】【了】。 【这】【样】【想】【法】【的】【人】
373 【感】【觉】【一】【切】【都】【像】【是】【做】【梦】【一】【样】，【关】【于】【自】【己】【这】【十】【个】【月】【以】【来】【的】【经】【历】【全】【都】【是】【假】【的】【一】【样】。【早】【上】【起】【床】，【洗】【漱】，【然】【后】【等】【着】【吃】【饭】 【感】【觉】【这】【一】【切】【又】【回】【到】【了】【自】【己】【的】【世】【界】【一】【样】【看】【起】【来】【很】【平】【和】，【却】【是】【自】【己】【最】【颓】【废】【的】【时】【候】。【或】【者】【说】【我】【真】【的】【只】【是】【做】【梦】？【那】【种】【真】【实】【的】【感】【觉】，【真】【的】【就】【像】【是】【近】【在】【眼】【前】【一】【样】 “【赶】【快】【吃】！【吃】【完】【之】我认为念完上文，您应当会了解"078期香港买马结果"了吧？早已在上述文章为大伙儿作出了解读，坚信诸位看了以后应该可以弄懂呀