Rick Curl Accuser Currin Speaks Out

Kelley Currin, the swimmer who has accused the high-profile founder of the Curl Burke swim club, has released a statement through a spokesperson for her attorney Robert Allard.

In the statement, Currin alleges that USA Swimming was provided “months” ago with the same documentation released today by the Washington Post.

Meanwhile, Rick Curl has taken a leave from his post in the administrative offices of Curl Burke.

The Statement released by Currin’s attorney is below:

Currin states, “It is disappointing that USA Swimming has known about Rick Curl and his admission for several months now and has chosen to act only when the Washington Post reports the admission. I faxed the settlement agreement and admission by Rick Curl to a USA Swimming investigator in April of this year. I also followed up and communicated via phone with USA Swimming’s Susan Woesnner, the so-called “Athlete Protection Officer”. I know now that Woesnner was giving me lip service by saying they were sympathetic but then going ahead and giving Rick Curl coaching credentials to the US Olympic Trials in Omaha, Nebraska.  For USA Swimming to tell the media that they just learned of my complaint late last Friday afternoon” (July 20), is an outright lie. There was nothing sent to USA Swimming on July 20 that it did not already have in its possession. The only thing that changed is that the Washington Post got involved. Only then did they give the appearance that they were concerned about my complaint. The fact is that USA Swimming has known about Rick Curl for years.”

Attorney Robert Allard is asking USA Swimming to protect the victim from further abuse by having her recall in detail a painful chapter in her life. Allard states, “USA Swimming and its leaders should resign in disgrace for allowing Curl and other swim coaches to molest young swimmers.” To date, more than 60 USA Swimming coaches have been banned for life for sexually molesting young swimmers.

Currin also states, “Despite Rick Curl’s signed admission, USA Swimming wants me to relive the molestation by going into detail on every sex act committed by Curl. This is insulting to me and to every molestation victim.”

Read USA Swimming’s statement on the emergency hearing, released this morning, here. In their previous statement, USA Swimming said that they would not be able to comment further while the matter is under investigation.

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It sounds very like what happened in Swim Ireland in the 90’s, only then did it come out that they too had known about abuse in swimming clubs, some going on since the 1960’s.It brought down the previous incarnation of swim Ireland and a lot of new rules and regulations were brought in, in relation to coaches interactions with swimmers. This may be only the tip of the iceberg, if they covered up one case, how many more did they cover up? Also well to to Ms.Currin for coming forward, it takes a lot of courage!

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In response to OjectiveReader -“Some of Curl’s wanabee, lackey, yes-men” and [email protected] – “I’m thinking all the head coaches of the Curl sites had to know and be told to keep quiet about this” This is the problem. No one wants to speak up when they see something being done that is wrong. Pete Morgan wants us to believe that he knew nothing. He has been Rick Curl’s right-hand man since the beginning. I believe he knew and knew that it was in his best interest to stay quiet. If it were to be found out that Pete Morgan knew about the incident and said nothing the repercussions on Curl-Burke could be devastating, as Pete is the head man in… Read more »


In the early 80’s, it was “common knowledge” among the swimmers on the team of a national team coach, that he was having an ongoing affair with an underaged female swimmer—who wasn’t the first. At the time the attitude seemed to be “It’s wrong, but it’s their business.” As a swimmer, who do you go to? The coach is all-powerful, THE authority figure—imposing and intimidating. The conflict and the consequences…it would be like calling the police on your own parents. Now that coach is in the Hall of Fame. It’s a disgrace. He has been accused publicly by yet another former swimmer. I doubt anyone would argue that coaches who selfishly violate and betray the trust of parents and vulnerable… Read more »



The worst part of your post was that while reading it, I could come up with more than one name of the possible coach you were referencing.


The primary problem is that an organization like USA Swimmng cannot leap blindly at an accusation without being put at high risk for defamation or libel. You can spout moral platitudes until the cows come home, but charges of defamation and libel are quite serious. “I believe he knew and knew that it was in his best interest to stay quiet.” Trina’s post is indicative of WHY they have to be so cautious. In this country, everyone is already guilty and believe they know the answers. Monday-Morning lawyering, if you will. That’s why a “jury of your peers” is a terrifying concept. I mean it’s easy to paint a picture of someone that tarnishes a reputation irrevocably. You give me… Read more »


At first glance this would seem to be a setup for a civil action; however, she has no standing to assert a claim against USA Swimming at this point. Generally, any Non-Disclosure Agreement would include penalties for breach (repayment, etc.), but this Agreement is silent in regards to penalties beyond mandating binding arbitration in light of a breach. She is wrong in stating there is an admission by Curl contained in the NDA. It references the proposed Complaint (which was never filed), but it doesn’t contain an outright admission as she claims. The complained of behavior obviously occurred (that is why he agreed to Settlement and waiver of all claims), but it is interesting to see the posture she is… Read more »


I see a booBook deal coming up ?

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