Gardner, DeGette, Former Olympians Hold Denver Press Conference on Legislation to Reevaluate the US Olympic Committee

Washington, DC – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Representative Diana DeGette (D-CO), Judge Rosemarie Aquilina–who presided over the sentencing of former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar, and nearly a dozen former Olympic athletes today joined for a press conference in Denver to discuss legislation that would establish the Commission on the State of U.S. Olympics and Paralympics. 

The Strengthening U.S. Olympics Act was introduced in the Senate in January of this year by Senator Gardner and will be led in the House by Representative DeGette. The bill would establish a 16-member commission, all of whom would be required have experience in athletics, advocacy, or coaching, and half of which would be comprised of Olympians or Paralympians. The Commission would study the structure of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and determine ways in which we can strengthen USOC. The Commission would need to submit a final report to Congress with their findings, conclusions, recommendations, and any suggested policy changes. 

“In Colorado, we’re proud of our Olympic city, Colorado Springs, and all that our Olympic athletes mean to our great state, but we know we can do better,” said Sen. Gardner. “I’m glad Representative DeGette is taking up this important legislation in the House to make sure we are improving the structure of the Olympic committee, and we’ll continue working together to strengthen USOC and the state of U.S. Olympics—including the safety of our Olympic and Paralympic athletes.”

NOTE: Read bill text here.


Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.