18th June 2021

Statement from Shelby Houlihan

This week, my attorneys sought an emergency injunction with the Swiss Federal Tribunal to allow me to run the Olympic Trials while my appeal of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) decision is pending. Unfortunately this morning, they did not grant our request for the emergency order. The court found that because the CAS has not released its reasoning for the decision they can’t know whether I am likely to succeed in an appeal.

I want to be clear that, contrary to media reports, I never had any intention of competing if this injunction wasn’t granted. If I was going to race, it was going to be in the right way. I respect the sport and my competitors too much. I would never jeopardize the legal standing of the US team and the Olympic dreams of others.

This ruling means that my goal of making another Olympic team is over for now. I can’t begin to find the words to express how disheartening this is. It absolutely breaks my heart to have my dreams and career taken away for something I did not do.

I will forge ahead with my appeal to the Swiss Federal Tribunal once the Court of Arbitration for Sport issues its reasoned decision. I am told that appeals of this kind are difficult to win, but I continue to believe that the truth will prevail.

As I continue to navigate this difficult process and past week, there are just a few things that I would like to say. I cannot express my gratitude to the outpouring of support I have received. It means the world to me that so many of you have reached out with kind words, offerings of help, and have stood by me with support. I will never forget how loved you have all made me feel. To all those who have been actively helping me through this – I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything you have done for me. I have an amazing group of people surrounding me.

• This media release was published on Shelby Houlihan’s Instagram account on 18 June 2021. Click here for the original.

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