The USOPC notified USA Skateboarding on March 15, 2023, that the Certification Review Group determined that USA Skateboarding did not sufficiently satisfy the requirements in the Settlement Agreement. Consistent with the terms of the Settlement Agreement, USA Skateboarding voluntarily relinquished its NGB certification on March 16, 2023.
Transition of the Olympic High Performance Program
The effect of USA Skateboarding’s relinquishment of its NGB certification is to transfer the responsibility for managing the Olympic high performance program to the USOPC. We are working to ensure the least amount of disruption for elite skateboarders to focus on training and competition.
For questions about the Olympic High Performance Program:
For independent, confidential advice regarding athlete rights and responsibilities in the Olympic and Paralympic Movement, you may contact the Office of the Athlete Ombuds (firstname.lastname@example.org and 719.866.5000).
For questions about decertification, contact the USOPC compliance and ethics team.
For press inquiries, please contact Kristen Gowdy (Kristen.Gowdy@usopc.org)
The Office of the Athlete Ombuds offers independent, confidential advice to elite athletes regarding their rights and responsibilities in the Olympic and Paralympic Movement, and assists elite athletes with a broad range of questions, disputes, complaints and concerns.
Phone: +1 (719) 866-5000
(A) In general.—The Office of the Athlete Ombuds shall maintain as confidential any information communicated or provided to the Office of the Athlete Ombuds in confidence in any matter involving the exercise of the official duties of the Office of the Athlete Ombuds. (B) Exception.—The Office of the Athlete Ombuds may disclose information described in subparagraph (A) as necessary to resolve or mediate a dispute, with the permission of the parties involved.(C) Judicial and administrative proceedings.—(i) In general.—The ombudsman and the staff of the Office of the Athlete Ombuds shall not be compelled to testify or produce evidence in any judicial or administrative proceeding with respect to any matter involving the exercise of the duties of the Office of the Athlete Ombuds.(ii) Work product.—Any memorandum, work product, notes, or case file of the Office of the Athlete Ombuds—(I) shall be confidential; and(II) shall not be—(aa) subject to discovery, subpoena, or any other means of legal compulsion; or (bb) admissible as evidence in a judicial or administrative proceeding. (D) Applicability.—The confidentiality requirements under this paragraph shall not apply to information relating to—(i) applicable federally mandated reporting requirements; (ii) a felony personally witnessed by a member of the Office of the Athlete Ombuds;(iii) a situation, communicated to the Office of the Athlete Ombuds, in which an individual is at imminent risk of serious harm; or (iv) a congressional subpoena.
No employee, contractor, agent, volunteer, or member of the USOPC shall take or threaten action against an athlete as a reprisal for disclosing information to or seeking assistance from the Office of the Athlete Ombuds.