Olympic skater who made controversial comments is out as leader within USOPC, U.S. Figure Skating


Mark Ladwig, U.S. Figure Skating’s top athlete leader who last year made controversial comments defending a pairs skater suspended for alleged sexual abuse, no longer holds athlete leadership roles within the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee or U.S. Figure Skating. 

Ladwig has been replaced as skating’s athlete representative to the USOPC and as chair of the USFS Athletes Advisory Committee, a spokesperson for USFS confirmed to USA TODAY Sports. 

A former pairs skater who competed at the 2010 Winter Olympics, Ladwig has been succeeded in both roles by women who also competed at those Vancouver Olympic Games, one of whom said the topic of sexual abuse in her sport “is of the utmost importance.”

Ladwig was unable to run again for the prestigious role as figure skating’s representative to the USOPC Athletes’ Advisory Council because he had served the maximum two four-year terms. Ironically, Ladwig’s pairs partner at the 2010 Olympics, Amanda Evora, was elected to replace him.

Ladwig could have served two more years as chair of the USFS Athletes Advisory Committee but did not run for the position in this spring’s election, USFS spokesperson Barbara Reichert…

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