I’m taking some quick notes on the recent podcast:
- People are/were definitely afraid to speak up because they think (for good reason it sounds like) they will be blackballed
- From Sean Townsend: Calls out Dennis McIntyre. Says people had to retire early because they couldn’t afford to live on $1400/month before taxes. He had to beg and threaten not to sign the national team contract just to get a $1500 bonus after becoming the parallel bars world champion in 2001, even though USAG made a lot of money off his and the team’s success. In 2002 Sean and some other NT members signed with another sponsor to help pay the bills, but Steve Penny said, “Good luck being selected on another Olympic team if you sign with that sponsor.” YIKES. When Sean got injured in 2004 Trials, Penny walked up to the sponsor in the stands and asked, “How’s your pride now?” At the last Trials competition, Sean was 5th AA and won 2 event titles, yet wasn’t even chosen as an Alternate. Blatant cheating has gone on at trials according to Sean. “This is so deep it’s sad.”
- Dennis McIntyre is the current men’s VP and has been for a loooong time. “He has ruled the program by fear. Whatever Dennis wants, he gets.” In theory, Dennis does not have a vote in the Men’s Program Committee (MPC), which is essentially the MAG selection committee. In reality, he’s allowed to be in the room and have a voice when they make the decisions. If you didn’t do what he wanted, you were gonna be in some trouble with Dennis. Gymnasticsville wants Dennis gone, and they have been calling for his firing for months (maybe more).
I think this post is from 2017 but I want to bring it back because DENNIS IS GONE!!! 🎉
And of course Horton had to open his big mouth again 🙄🙄🙄