Skaters compete despite awkward times, scandal
Monday, September 24, 2012
KEARNS, Utah (AP) -- Competing on a split team as controversy swirls around U.S. Short Track Speedskating coaches accused of abuse has created an awkward atmosphere at the Utah Olympic Oval, one skater said Monday.
Emily Scott, who is competing this week for the splinter FAST Team at the U.S. Single Distance Short Track Speedskating Championships, is part of a group of short track skaters who pulled away from the U.S. National racing program.
Yet while she was part of an initial grievance against U.S. Speedskating, she is not part of a demand for arbitration that seeks to have Jae Su Chun and two assistants barred from coaching the U.S. team at the fall World Cup events and beyond.
Fourteen current members of the national team initially signed a grievance alleging they were abused verbally, physically and psychologically by Chun.