Peter Foley, Olympics Snowboarding Coach, Accused of Sexual Misconduct by Former Athlete

U.S. Ski & Snowboard has launched an investigation into allegations of inappropriate behavior by coach Peter Foley after claims made by a former Olympian.

Callan Chythlook-Sifsof, who competed at the 2010 Winter Olympics, posted a series of Instagram messages about Foley on Thursday and Friday, alleging that he had "taken naked photos of female athletes for over a decade."

Chythlook-Sifsof, now 32, also accused Foley of making an explicit comment to her about another woman's appearance in 2014.

"This is the truth. I will not carry this stuff around anymore, there was bizarre behavior across the board," she wrote in one Instagram post.

"The people I've named have overtly behaved toxically but the truth is the culture on the team protected this behavior. Things have been normalized that are not okay.

"Other athletes have in engaged in racist, misogynist behavior, actively participated in the strange dynamics that Peter Foley created and caused female athletes/staff to be victims of sexual violence. I was told by other athletes that I 'made the van ride awkward for everyone' in 2014 with Hagen [Kearney]."

Foley has robustly denied the allegations against him.

"I'm surprised by the allegations," he said in a statement to Newsweek, adding: "I vehemently deny the allegations. I'm doing my best to concentrate on supporting the athletes at the Olympics."

Chythlook-Sifsof has also accused Kearney, a U.S. snowboarder who has been competing at the Beijing Games this week, of repeatedly using the N-word.

She wrote on Instagram: "Since day 1 of making the team, Hagen Kearney had routinely and continuously used the n-word (as a norm) but intentionally to get under my skin."

Newsweek has contacted Kearney, 30, for comment on her claim.

U.S. Ski & Snowboard, the sport's national governing body, said the organization was "aware of the recent allegations" against Foley.

"We take these very seriously and these are being investigated," a spokesperson said in a statement to Newsweek.

Asked about Chythlook-Sifsof's allegation regarding Kearney, the same spokesperson told USA Today: "The concerns regarding Hagen were dealt with at the time and appropriate action was taken."

Another U.S. Ski & Snowboard spokesperson told the website Outsports on Thursday: "U.S. Ski & Snowboard has been made aware of the recent allegations via a social media post. The behaviors detailed have no place in our sport or on our teams. We take accusations like this seriously and it is being investigated."

Foley has been head coach of the U.S. snowboarding Olympic team since 1994 and is coaching the team in Beijing.

Callan Chythlook-Sifsof
Callan Chythlook-Sifsof speaks to the media ahead of the Winter Olympics on February 10, 2010, in Vancouver, Canada. Her allegations are being investigated by U.S. Ski & Snowboard. Jamie Squire/Getty Images