US Ski & Snowboard confirmed on Friday that it is investigating allegations of sexual misconduct and inappropriate behavior within the US Snowboard Team, including by longtime head coach Peter Foley.
The investigation was spurred by Instagram posts by former athlete Callan Chythlook-Sifsof, 32, a member of the 2010 US Olympic snowboard team.
“US Ski & Snowboard has been made aware of the recent allegations,” US Ski & Snowboard said in a statement to ESPN. “We take these allegations very seriously and the allegations are being investigated.”
US Ski & Snowboard spokesman Tom Horrocks did not respond to questions asking if Foley, who is in Beijing, will continue to coach throughout the Olympics or provide further details on the investigation.
In a series of Instagram posts beginning Feb. 6, Chythlook-Sifsof, 32, accused Foley of sexual harassment and taking “naked photos of female athletes for over a decade.”
In his posts, Chythlook-Sifsof also accused an athlete, Hagen Kearney, 30, who is currently competing in a snowboardcross competition in Beijing, of racist and bullying behavior.
Instagram has twice deleted Chythlook-Sifsof’s posts for violating “our nudity or sexual activity guidelines” and “bullying or harassment”. She reposted the allegations on her Instagram Story and continued to post throughout the Olympics.
“I can’t watch any other Olympics without saying so publicly…” Chythlook-Sifsof wrote in her initial post. She then tagged Foley, Kearney and US Snowboard and detailed a race in Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada in 2014 where she says Foley made inappropriate sexual comments to her and a teammate. In the same post, she accused Kearney of physically intimidating behavior and repeatedly using the n-word in her presence.
Foley has been head coach of the USA Snowboard Team since its inception in 1994.