Peter Foley, U.S. Olympic snowboard coach, out amid misconduct probe

Peter Foley, U.S. Olympic snowboard coach, out amid misconduct probe

Longtime U.S. Olympic snowboarding coach Peter Foley has left his role and been suspended by the U.S. Center for SafeSport amid an investigation into allegations of inappropriate behavior.

U.S. Ski & Snowboard confirmed Monday that Foley, who had been on a leave of absence since the conclusion of the 2022 Winter Olympics, is no longer employed by the organization – though it is unclear whether he was let go or resigned. Spokesperson Tom Horrocks said he was unable to comment further.

News of Foley’s departure came two days after SafeSport levied a temporary suspension against him, pending a formal investigation into allegations of misconduct.

Foley did not reply to a message from USA TODAY Sports on Monday. His attorney, Howard Jacobs, wrote in an email that, to his knowledge, Foley had not yet been contacted by SafeSport “but any allegations of sexual misconduct being made against him are false.”

“Mr. Foley has not engaged in any conduct that violates the SafeSport Code, and he will cooperate with the U.S. Center for SafeSport when and if they contact him,” Jacobs wrote in the email. “He does not intend to issue any further statement.”

In a file photo from 2010, Peter Foley, then the U.S. Olympic Snowboarding coach, looks on at a World Cup in Colorado. He has left his role at U.S. Snowboarding after being suspended by SafeSport.

While SafeSport does not comment on pending investigations, the probe likely stems from allegations made publicly last month by a former Olympic snowboarder, Callan Chythlook-Sifsof. The 2010 Olympian wrote on Instagram that Foley had “taken naked photos of female athletes for over a decade,” among other allegations about the culture of the program.

After the final snowboardcross competition in the Beijing Olympics, Foley told USA TODAY Sports, “I’m super surprised by the allegations and I vehemently deny the allegations.” He did not comment further on them.