USA Gymnastics turmoil continues as COO Galimore steps down

Ron Galimore, who provided cover stories to explain the absence of disgraced former doctor Larry Nassar, has stepped down from his position as USA Gymnastics chief operating officer.

His departure comes less than two weeks after the US Olympic Committee made an initial move to strip USA Gymnastics of its national governing body status.

Galimore, who had been in the role since 2011, was the highest-ranking official left at the beleaguered governing body employed while Nassar committed sexual-abuse crimes against gymnasts.

The Indianapolis Star reported in May that a lawyer hired by USA Gymnastics directed Galimore to come up with a false excuse to explain Nassar’s absence at major gymnastic events in the summer of 2015.

His continued presence has been a point of contention with Nassar survivors, who wondered how committed USA Gymnastics was to changing its culture if it allowed Galimore to remain on board.