NPR : News

Filed Under:

Second Claim Of Sexual Misconduct Against Former U.S. Olympic Speedskater

Ex-skater and former US Speedskating President Andy Gabel faces a second accusation of sexual misconduct, as first reported by member station WUWM in Milwaukee.

Former skater Nikki Meyer told the NPR affiliate that she was assaulted by Gabel in the 1990s when she was 15 and he was 26.

Meyer's allegations follow similar accusations made by fellow speedskater Bridie Farrell early this month that she was sexually abused by Gabel in the late 1990s, when she, too was 15 and Gabel in his 30s.

Meyer told The Associated Press that Farrell's story "was almost like a carbon copy of a chapter in my life."

In response, the The Chicago Tribune says, Gabel issued a statement "that he had a 'brief, inappropriate relationship with a female teammate,' made no excuses for his behavior and apologized to her for it."

Gabel has also stepped down from his roles at US Speedskating and the International Skating Union. In a statement issued Friday night to WUWM, Gabel said:

"I want to emphasize, there was no incident of any abuse ever. I never forced myself on any individual and any allegations of that nature are absolutely false."

Also Friday, US Speedskating released its own statement, saying it was "aware of a second allegation brought by another athlete against a former board member." The organization said it is having a law firm investigate the allegations brought by both athletes.

"US Speedskating will not tolerate abuse of any kind and we intend to investigate these claims, and any others that arise."

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

NPR

The Peoples' Guide To Navigating Racial Awkwardess

What are the best strategies for responding to uncomfortable racial comments? We asked, you delivered. Here are some of our favorite ideas.
NPR

The Sweet Success Of Bananas Foster Has An Unsavory Past

One of New Orleans' favorite desserts is a lasting legacy of an oft-forgotten chapter in the city's history: the banana trade, and its infamous practices.
NPR

Ala. Chief Justice Roy Moore Suspended For Rest Of Term Over Gay Marriage Stance

The head of the state's Supreme Court loses his judicial ethics case and is ordered to pay the costs of the proceedings against him.
NPR

The Peoples' Guide To Navigating Racial Awkwardess

What are the best strategies for responding to uncomfortable racial comments? We asked, you delivered. Here are some of our favorite ideas.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.