Kerry Perry resigns as USA Gymnastics president

Posted at 7:16 AM, Sep 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-04 09:20:10-04
Kerry Perry
FILE – In this May 23, 2018, file photo, USA Gymnastics President and CEO Kerry Perry testifies before the House Commerce Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee about the Olympic community’s ability to protect athletes from sexual abuse, on Capitol Hill in Washington. USA Gymnastics has appointed five retired athletes to serve on a task force that will help the organization chart its course in the wake of the Larry Nassar sex-abuse scandal. The task force was one of Perry’s top priorities when she assumed leadership of the federation, which has seen a complete overhaul of its board in the wake of the scandal. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Kerry Perry has resigned as president of USA Gymnastics.

The announcement Tuesday came days after the United States Olympic Committee questioned the direction of the organization under Perry’s leadership.

Perry has struggled to outline a clear path forward during her nine months on the job. She repeatedly came under scrutiny by athletes who felt she was mishandling the fallout from the abuse scandal surrounding disgraced former team doctor Larry Nassar.

The USOC also has expressed disappointment following the botched hiring – and then firing – of its elite development coordinator.

Perry is a former communications executive. When she took over as president of USA Gymnastics last December, she stressed her focus would be on “creating an environment of empowerment where all have a strong voice and we are dedicated every single day to athlete safety.”

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