Wallace Spearmon

Incoming CEO, outgoing chair address USOC abuse head-on

What so many sex-abuse survivors on the U.S. Olympic team have been waiting to hear is that someone in power was listening.

On Thursday, incoming CEO Sarah Hirshland choked back tears and let them know that, indeed, she is.

The most memorable moment from her first major appearance before the U.S. Olympic family came when the former USGA executive gasped for breath, held back a cry and closed her speech by saying, "I, for one, think our future is very bright."

It was, by any measure, the most important speech of the 43-year-old CEO's life. Over a sometimes-halting 15 minutes during which she warned the audience of 400 Olympians and Olympic administrators that...