On March 7, it was revealed that Humphries wasn't the only athlete with concerns about the working conditions of the athletes in Canada's bobsled and skeleton team.
More than 60 of them, who have been competing since 2014, signed an open letter, calling for the resignation of senior BCS figures.
They cited a "toxic" environment in what is a dangerous, high-speed sport. The third sentence cut right to the chase: "Too many athletes have suffered physically, mentally, emotionally and financially due to the organization's failure to address these issues, jeopardizing the future of both sports."
In response to the open letter, BCS issued a statement and said that efforts were already underway to address the issues that had been raised.
"We take the concerns of our athletes seriously," read the statement. "As we do at the completion of every Olympic quadrennial, we plan to meet with our athlete community directly as soon as possible to review and address their concerns."
But the athletes quickly dismissed the response from BCS and issued another open letter, revealing that their campaign is also now growing in strength.
This time signed by 82 athletes, they wrote: "Time and again, BCS has controlled the narrative on our complaints and has failed to address the underlying systemic causes of these issues -- resulting in further preservation of the status quo."
Canada's results have really dropped off in the past few years, and I have to imagine that this has something to do with it.
The USA went through a similar situation about 15 years ago, and ultimately the federation was taken over by the USOC and reorganized. I was up there a lot when this was going on, and can't imagine how hard it must have been for the athletes to speak out -- not only against the federation, but there was serious backlash between some of the athletes that supported the status quo and those who were speaking out. I wasn't privy to the inside information, but based on the little I observed, it wasn't really pretty.
I'm glad that there seems to be a large degree of unity among the Canadian athletes on this.
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