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Probst calls time on tenure as USOC chairman, leaving mixed legacy

Larry Probst has announced the he will stand down as chairman of the United States Olympic Committee at the end of the year, having spent a decade at the top of the national federation.

Susanne Lyons will step in as interim chairwoman, having only recently finished serving as interim chief executive following the resignation of Scott Blackmun in February.

Probst leaves USOC with a mixed legacy. He is widely credited with having restored the organisation’s reputation on the international stage, after decades of fractious relations with other national federations and the International Olympic Committee, ultimately paving the way for Los Angeles’ successful bid to host the 2028 Olympic Games.

He was also at the helm during USOC’s widely-criticised response to the sexual abuse scandal that has rocked the American Olympic movement in recent years, however.

That crisis also played at least some part in Blackmun’s resignation. With both Blackmun and now Probst gone, USOC is entering a new era, with Lyons and recently-appointed chief executive Sarah Hirschland tasked once again with transforming its image, both domestically and internationally. Probst said in his resignation statement that he had the “utmost confidence” in Lyons’ and Hirschland’s ability to “confront the challenges facing the organisation.”

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