Kerry Perry has been steering the USA Gymnastics Association for just troubled months, Nassar’s crimes span well over a decade
However, she’s been criticized for failing to help the organization recover from scandal, choosing instead to duck the limelight
She’s even accused of coming out in support of Nassar as the sickening avalanche of allegations hit the media
Former doctor Larry Nasser eventually was proven to have preyed on his young patients on the Olympic team as well as in his private practice for many years
His record was no different as the former Michigan State gymnastics team doctor for the same period
He was sentenced 175 years for abusing the girls, in Feb 2018
Perry kept a low profile and failed to articulate a clear vision for the future at a time when the organisation needed strong leadership, commentators said.
It appears Perry’s days were numbered after the CEO of the US Olympic Committee, Sarah Hirshland, sent out a statement Friday night calling for changes in the USA Gymnastics leadership.
Her statement came only hours after the federation awkwardly fired Mary Lee Tracy, the coach it had hired only three days earlier as its elite program coordinator.
Tracy was an early supporter of Nassar when allegations against him began to surface.
Then, without permission this week, Tracy reached out to one of her fiercest critics, gold-medalist Aly Raisman, who is suing USAG.
As we close the day, I’m afraid I can offer nothing but disappointment,’ Hirshland said. Related: Unrepentant serial sexual abuser, Dr. Lawrence ‘Larry’ Nassar bags 175 years, will serve at least a century in prison – Judge exposed his sham apology, reading the self-serving letter he wrote last week insisting his 156 victims were after money
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Perry, who took over for Steve Penny as president of USA Gymnastics in November 2017.
Perry has made very few public statements, and has had trouble gathering support in the gymnastics community, since taking over as part of a USOC-directed turnover of the federation’s board and senior management.
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Two weekends ago at national championships, Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles, a Nassar abuse victim herself, withheld judgment on the path USA Gymnastics has taken, saying ‘nobody can know until Kerry Perry speaks up. It’s kind of hard.’
Perry did speak up later that weekend, saying all but a few of the 70 recommendations suggested by an independent review of the federation’s actions had been implemented.
Much of that progress has been overshadowed by a steady stream of new allegations against Nassar and missteps by USA Gymnastics.
Tracy’s hiring certainly had the look of an unforced error.