Business as usual with the governing bodies. Either you walk, talk, and dance in lock-step or you are fired. The road between FINA and USA Swimming is littered with those who had an opinion that countered governing body dictates and as usual constructive voices are punished and punished severely.
Steve Munatones is a casualty on that road for wanting solid change to make open water swimming safer, more global and successful. In my opinion he got hammered for having those thoughts. It is time to hammer back!
General S. Patton, a true leader was always open to criticism. "...If everyone is thinking alike then somebody isn't thinking." That was a quote of his.
From Swim News and yes I am holding my nose linking to to them:
A source told SwimNews that the American, a leading figure in the open water world, has been punished for "speaking to the media about internal affairs". Many argue that there is nothing internal about the death of a swimmer and that all issues should be transparent, with honesty, however painful, the only path to progress worth taking, the only path likely to result in meaningful change of the kind that Crippen himself had called for.
It's time for USA Swimmers and coaches to realize that they are essentially talent to be exploited. Olympic team members once they are selected should consider unionizing as soon as they are assembled post nationals. Perhaps, in a truly legal definition of a non-profit, maybe USA Swimming and FINA are not really non-profits? USA Swimming is NOT acting like a non-profit in my opinion. None of the governing bodies are. They are really good at collecting money and paying salaries to their execs but they don't pay swimmers.
Could the Salvation Army get away with the same practices to finance their organization? Really look where all the money is going. The average swimmer isn't even making a minimum wage! - So is it time to create a new regime? You guys have the votes, you can decide who runs USA Swimming.
Governing bodies are making millions-of-dollars off the Olympics and other leveraged marketing vehicles and are giving so little back! They don't offer scholarships, health insurance, nor athlete pensions. What has USA Swimming given to the subject of their non-profit?
It is time for athletes to start learning about trade unions, forming unions and questioning if a $34-million-a-year organization known as USA Swimming is a for real non-profit. If not, swimmers are entitled compensation for the fruits of their labor.
In Egypt the citizens protested because they were only making $6.30 a month as a minimum wage. Our USA Swimming national team members make nothing and pay dues.