Anne Warner Cribbs, a San Mateo native whose name became synonymous with the local Olympic movement, has been declared ineligible to hold office with the U.S. Olympian and Paralympian Association after an ethics panel found that she misrepresented her status as a gold medal winner.
The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee ethics panel recently declared that Cribbs, “is not eligible to be a USOPA officer based on the representations she made about her medal status” according to an email from Holly Shick, USOPC chief ethics and compliance officer, provided to the Orange County Register.
Cribbs, for decades, has referred to herself as an Olympic gold medalist. As a 15-year-old, she swam in the preliminary round of the 4×100 meter medley relay at the 1960 Olympic Games but did not compete in the final where the U.S. team was victorious.
At the time, the International Olympic Committee only awarded medals to athletes who competed in the relay finals. The IOC and FINA, swimming’s global governing body, amended their rules prior to the 1992 Olympic Games to also award medals to swimmers who competed in the preliminary rounds.
The ruling follows a USOPC investigation into allegations that committee by-laws were violated during a recent election of USOPA in which Cribbs was a candidate.
The USOPA election dispute is significant because the organization has two seats on the USOPC board of directors, which plays a leading role in setting the priorities and direction of the USOPC and the 50 national governing bodies under its umbrella.
As of Thursday evening, Cribbs had not responded to a request for comment by the Register.
Members of USOPA Executive Committee, according to teamusa.org, include Dick Fosbury, Charles Altekruse, Allison Baver, Carol Brown, Candace Cable, Carol Lewis, Iris T. Zimmermann and Gary Hall, Sr.
Cribbs, a Stanford graduate, is CEO of the Bay Area Sports Organizing Committee and is the former chair of the USA Table Tennis board. She was inducted into to the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame in 2003 and the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in 2016.
At 14, Cribbs won a gold medal in the 200 meter breaststroke at the 1959 Pan American games in Chicago. At the Rome Olympics, the next year, she placed sixth in the Olympic 200 meter breaststroke.
Cribbs co-founded the American Basketball League, which folded in 1998 after two-plus seasons. She also led unsuccessful efforts to bring the 2012 Summer Olympics to the Bay Area.
The USOPC investigation was prompted by allegations that the USOPA nominating committee chaired by John Naber, an Olympic swimming champion, did not follow USOPC vetting guidelines.
It was alleged that Cribbs failed to disclose the results of a USOPC-commissioned investigation of USA Table Tennis that was highly critical of Cribbs and played a leading role in her being forced to resign as the USATT chairman. USOPC later received complaints about Cribbs referring to herself as a gold medalist.
Senior Games co-organizer Anne Warner Cribbs speaks Tuesday before the unveiling of a solar-powered torch slated to be used as part of the games’ opening ceremony in …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Sports