United States Ski & Snowboard has announced that it has opened an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct and inappropriate behavior involving longtime head coach Peter Foley.
“US Ski & Snowboard has been made aware of the recent allegations,” the organization said in a statement to CNN. “We take these allegations very seriously and the allegations are being investigated.”
The allegations were brought to the surface by Instagram posts from former athlete Callan Chythlook-Sifsof, a member of the 2010 US Olympic Snowboard Team.
In a series of Instagram posts, Chythlook-Sifsof, 32, accused Foley of taking “nude photos of female athletes for over a decade.”
Chythlook-Sifsof’s post also accused fellow athlete Hagen Kearney of bullying behavior and using racial slurs. Kearney is currently competing in a snowboard cross competition in Beijing.
Chythlook-Sifsof reposted the allegations to her page and story after Instagram removed them for violating “our nudity or sexual activity guidelines” and “bullying”.
What Foley says: Foley has been the head coach of the USA Snowboard Team since its inception in 1994. He denied the accusations and told Newsweek he was “surprised” by them.
He said: “I am surprised by the allegations. I vehemently deny the allegations. I am doing my best to focus on supporting athletes at the Olympics.”
The allegations : In a post, Chythlook-Sifsof began by saying, “I can’t watch any other Olympics without saying so publicly.”
She went on to say that during a race in Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada, in 2014, Foley made an explicit comment to her and a teammate about having sex with another woman.
In the same post, she said Kearney regularly uses the n-word to “intentionally get under my skin.”
In an email to USA Today, Kearney said: “I made a mistake years ago with my words and appropriate action was taken. I learned from my mistake and am a better person now. for it.”
US Ski & Snowboard spokesman Tom Horrocks did not respond to questions asking if Foley, who is currently in Beijing, will continue to coach throughout the Olympics, and would not comment further at this time. .
The US Center for SafeSport told CNN it does not comment “on matters intended to protect the integrity of the investigative process.”
CNN reached out to Chythlook-Sifsof, Foley and Kearney for additional comment, but did not immediately respond.
CNN’s Kevin Dotson contributed to this report