US Ski and Snowboard, the sports governing body, has severed ties with longtime coach Peter Foley amid allegations of sexual misconduct.
“As of March 20, 2022, Peter Foley is no longer employed by US Ski and Snowboard,” US Ski and Snowboard said in a statement to CNN. “Mr. Foley has been on leave since February 21, 2022,” the statement read. The organization did not provide a reason for the departure of its longtime snowboard coach, although his leave began shortly after. that allegations were raised during the Beijing Olympics last month.
Foley was coaching the US Snowboard Team in Beijing when 2010 US Olympic Snowboard Team member Callan Chythlook-Sifsof described allegations of inappropriate behavior in a series of Instagram posts.
In the articles, Chythlook-Sifsof accused Foley of taking “nude photos of female athletes for over a decade.”
Foley denied the charges at the time, telling Newsweek, “I’m surprised by the allegations. I vehemently deny the allegations. I do my best to focus on supporting athletes at the Olympics.
US Ski and Snowboard announced at the time that it was opening an investigation.
Foley’s departure from US Ski and Snowboard comes just two days after he received a Temporary suspension by the US Center for SafeSport, a federally-sanctioned watchdog group that investigates reports of abuse within the US Olympic and Paralympic movement.
Asked about Foley’s suspension, a spokeswoman for the center said the group does not comment on ongoing cases.
The spokesperson added: “Although it does not speak to any specific case, in general the SafeSport Code allows the Center to implement temporary measures to restrict or suspend participation in some or all aspects sporting activity pending the completion of an investigation.”
A report published by ESPN on Tuesday said Foley’s suspension followed complaints filed with the US Center for SafeSport last week by four women associated with US Ski and Snowboard – three former athletes and a former employee of the organization.
The allegations detailed in the report include “sexual assault, unwanted kissing and touching, and forcing them to take nude photos,” according to ESPN, which reports interviewing the women and reviewing documents related to the case.
Asked about the allegations, Foley’s attorney, Howard Jacobs, referred CNN to a statement he provided to ESPN on Sunday.
“All of the sexual misconduct allegations made against him are false,” Jacobs told ESPN. “Mr. Foley has not engaged in any conduct that violates the SafeSport Code, and he will cooperate with the US Center for SafeSport when and if they contact him.
Foley was the first coach of the US snowboard team in 1994 and became the head coach of the entire US snowboarding program, according to the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee.
He has coached every U.S. Olympic snowboarding team since the discipline was added to the Olympics in 1998 and has received numerous awards from the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, the committee said.