At just age 13, Olympic swimmer, Ariana Kukors Smith, began the nightmare of what soon would become years of sex abuse by her Olympic Coach, Sean Hutchinson.
Ariana, a record breaking swimmer at the Seattle Washington KING Aquatic cub, a middle schooler, was 18 years younger than her coach when he started grooming her for a sexual relationship. Hutchinson became an Olympic coach in 2008 and Ariana made the Olympic team just 4 years later.
Kukors Smith went public about the abuse as a minor just two years ago and her attorney announced this week that they had reached a settlement with USA Swimming for an undisclosed amount in damages. However, this does not mean that USA Swimming’s legal battles over sexual abuse claims are over. The Federal government is conducting its own investigations. The Southern District of New York convened a grand jury to examine USA Swimming and how it handled the sex abuse allegations.
In a statement announcing the lawsuit’s settlement, USA Swimming commended Kukors Smith, saying she “has shown incredible strength and bravery and offered a powerful voice to all survivors.”
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