In a letter sent to the leadership group of the Athletes Advisory Council, an attorney for the four cyclists—Michael Friedman, Sarah Hammer, Bobby Lea and Jennie Reed—not only asked the USOC to apologize, but said the flap was “emotionally devastating” and adversely affected their performances at the Beijing Games, where none of them medaled and only Hammer managed a top-five finish.I'm normally not a fan of frivolous letters from lawyers, but I happen to partly agree with this one. The USOC were the ones who provided the masks in the first place. What's questionable is whether the situation actually prevented them from medaling. I'd totally request a do-over if I were them.
Remember the US cyclists who were forced to apologize after wearing face masks upon arriving in Bejing? They're now demanding an apology from the USOC.