ZHANGJIAKOU, China — US Ski & Snowboard is investigating longtime coach Peter Foley’s allegations of sexual misconduct and Olympian Hagan Kearney’s use of racist language, both in China this week.
Former snowboardcross rider Callan Chythlook-Sifsof, a member of the 2010 Olympic team, wrote in an Instagram post that Foley took nude photos of female athletes and made inappropriate comments, and that Kearney used to repeatedly the N-word for “intentionally getting under my skin.”
Chythlook-Sifsof is from Alaska and describes himself as Yupik and Inupiaq.
US Ski & Snowboard released a statement saying it “takes all allegations seriously. Peter Foley remains the head coach of the USA snowboardcross team while all recent allegations are being investigated.
Foley did not immediately return the texts left by The Associated Press. A message sent to the company representing Kearney, who finished 17th in men’s snowboardcross, was not immediately returned.
Lindsey Jacobellis, who won her second gold medal at the Beijing Games teaming up with Nick Baumgartner in a mixed snowboardcross event on Saturday (Friday night PT), said: “I can speak very well of his character and he has always supported me through everything i have been through.
In her Instagram post, Chythlook-Sifsof described the events that took place in 2014. Reminiscing about them, she said, “I can’t watch any other Olympic Games without saying so publicly.”
The US Olympic and Paralympic Committee said in a statement, “We take all allegations of sexual misconduct seriously and follow protocols to ensure they are reported and handled properly.”
The cases are being investigated by the US Center for SafeSport, which opened in 2017 to address allegations of harassment and other abuse in US sports.