Mitch Ivey, an Olympic medalist at the 1968 and 1972 Summer Olympic Games and a former coach at the University of Florida, has been handed a lifetime ban from USA Swimming, with his 30 day appeal period set to expire just before Christmas, on December 21st.
Allegations against Ivey that he had a relationship with a minor swimmer were first made in the early 1990’s, but USA Swimming says that during an investigation into the matter in 2011, they failed to find enough evidence to proceed with a ban against Ivy.
The call for action against Ivey was renewed earlier this year when Suzette Moran spoke to our Ceci Christy specifically about what she alleged to have happened between her and Ivey.
We will have more details about this case, and what might have changed in this USA Swimming investigation, once the appeal period, and corresponding confidentiality agreements, expire. Ivey did not participate in the initial hearing, and as such no appeal is expected, but he is still entitled to his 30 days to consider that decision.