Second Claim Of Sexual Misconduct Against Former U.S. Olympic Speedskater | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

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

Post-Ron Swanson, Nick Offerman Has The 'Gumption' To Be Himself

"I've never accused myself of being manly," Offerman says, noting his real-life persona is different from his Parks and Recreation character. His book is a set of essays about people who inspire him.
NPR

How Dangerous Is Powdered Alcohol?

Last month, the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved a powdered alcohol product, making both parents and lawmakers nervous. Some states have already banned powdered alcohol. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Brent Roth of Wired, who made his own powdered concoction and put it to the test.
NPR

Senate Blocks Measures To Extend NSA Data Collection

The Senate worked late into the night but was not able to figure out what to do about expiring provisions in the Patriot Act that authorize the NSA's bulk collection of Americans' phone records.
NPR

The Future Of Cardiology Will Be Shown In 3-D

The Living Heart Project aims to create a detailed simulation of the human heart that doctors and engineers can use to test experimental treatments and interventions.

Leave a Comment

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