by Irvin Muchnick
As we all know, Chuck Wielgus, the executive director of USA Swimming since 1997, was not inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame last weekend in Fort Lauderdale, after all. Wielgus’s honor got canceled amidst a storm of protests by victims of coach sexual abuse on his watch.
Perusal of the ISHOF website shows that the Hall edited Wielgus out of the previously published January 28 announcement of this year’s honorees, without explanation.
Several days after the gala events, their only documentation at ISHOF.org is an unnarrated, uncaptioned five-minute still photo montage. This video is also up at the ISHOF YouTube channel, which additionally shows Janet Evans’ introduction of inductee Agnes Kovacs of Hungary, and the acceptance speech of Kovacs. The Kovacs video was published on YouTube yesterday, and I appear to be the only person who has viewed it so far.