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Larry Probst, the U.S. Olympic Committee board chair since 2008, announced Sept. 10 he would step down at the end of the year. He'll be succeeded by board member Susanne Lyons, who recently served as acting CEO until the hiring of Sarah Hirshland, a golf executive, in August.
While a news release praised Probst for his renegotiation of USOC's revenue sharing with the International Olympic Committee and a run of gold medals in Vancouver, London, Rio and Pyeongchang, Probst also oversaw the board during a time when the USOC was plunged into scandal due to allegations of sexual abuse across several sports, notably women's gymnastics.
Nevertheless, Probst is quoted in the release saying he worked with his colleagues to "change the USOC for the better" but that it's "time for a new generation of leaders to confront the challenges facing the organization."