Via a reader tip comes yet another skating scandal this time involving a Korean-American who is the reigning US short track speed skating champion and his Korean coach:
The U.S. Speedskating coaching scandal became even messier Friday.
One speedskater, reigning national short-track champion Simon Cho, faces a disciplinary hearing after confessing Friday that he tampered with a Canadian rival’s skate at the 2011 World Team Championship. Short track interim coach, Jun Hyung Yeo, was suspended Friday by the federation for failing to report that tampering.
And the man at the center of the scandal, head coach Jae Su Chun, remains suspended and also could be disciplined for not reporting the tampering.
But investigators commissioned by U.S. Speedskating to investigate said they didn’t find evidence that Chun engaged in “a pattern of physical and emotional abuse” as alleged by skaters, or Cho’s claim that Chun ordered the skate tampering.
The situation left one skater caught in the middle confounded – less than two weeks before the first World Cup event and 16 months before the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi.
“I have no idea what to do,” said Jeff Simon, among those who alleged he was abused by Chun and who has earned a spot on the World Cup team.
“It seems as nobody is taking decisive action. They have known about these issues for some time. They are quick to point fingers at other people when all the problems have arisen within.” [Sports Illustrated]
You can read the rest at the link, but his Korean coach is also alleged to have committed abuse against some of his skaters.