Long-time US Figure Skating Coach Suspended By Olympic Committee

Long-time US Figure Skating Coach Suspended By Olympic Committee

Long-time coach Richard Callaghan, who has mentored Olympic and world champions, has been suspended by US Figure Skating after sexual misconduct allegations, the organization said Friday, according to CNN and Reuters.

US Figure Skating said Callaghan is prohibited from participating in any capacity in sanctioned activities.

The figure skating body directed further inquiries to the US Center for SafeSport, the US Olympic Committee agency that has oversight of sexual misconduct and other abuse allegations reported to national governing bodies.

“U.S. Figure Skating suspended the membership of Richard Callaghan on March 6, 2018, in compliance with the policies and procedures of the U.S. Center for SafeSport,” the organization said.

SafeSport was formed last year to examine complaints of sexual abuse and other mistreatment of athletes reported to the group. It was designated by Congress last month to develop policies and procedures to protect amateur athletes from harm.

The nature of the sexual misconduct allegations against Callaghan, 72, was not made public. SafeSport on its website confirmed that it has opened an investigation into Callaghan, but a spokeswoman said the organization does not comment on the specifics of its cases.

CNN Sports analyst and USA Today sports columnist Christine Brennan, appeared on HLN Friday afternoon, to share her original reporting on this story that dates back decades. Brennan said the accusations against the coach originated in the 1990s when he was one of the premier figure skating coaches in the United States. Brennan said Callaghan has in the past denied sexual misconduct allegations.

Callaghan didn't immediately respond Friday to CNN's inquires for comment. He coached notable figure skaters like 1998 Olympic champion Tara Lipinski and 1996 world champion Todd Eldredge. He also coached Nicole Bobek to a US title in 1995.

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