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More than 100 jobs cut at USOPC

USOPC to cut up to 20%, says no games would be 'devastating'
Posted at 6:33 PM, May 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-21 21:39:38-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee has cut more than 100 jobs due to COVID-19.

According to a message from USOPC CEO Sarah Hirshland obtained by News5, the organization notified 51 team members on Thursday their positions were eliminated, and another 33 learned they were being furloughed. Another 23 temporary workers had their assignments ended, and 32 were offered reassignments to new roles.

In the memo, Hirshland said she is "overwhelmed by the magnitude" of the change.

In April, Hirshland said cuts of 10 to 20 percent were possible due to coronavirus from 2020-2024 due to a projected loss of revenue this year.

Hirshland said over the last four weeks the USOPC leadership has worked to determine priorities, operational needs, budgets, and skills and personnel required to accomplish objects for the next 4.5 years.

In that time, she said, it has also become clear "it will take months, and not weeks, for us to return to full operation," especially in training centers in Colorado Springs and lake Placid.

USOPC will review planned changes next Tuesday during a virtual town hall.

Here is the full memo from USOPC CEO Sarah Hirshland: