The United States figure skating championships begin Thursday in Detroit, 25 years after Nancy Kerrigan was attacked there by associates of Tonya Harding.
It is a sport where drama and scandal, on the ice and off, are as commonplace as sequins. The outrageous and bumbling clubbing of Kerrigan on Jan. 6, 1994, made skating more popular than it has ever been. Television ratings soared, along with skaters’ paychecks. Last year, the mockumentary “I, Tonya” even won an Academy Award for best supporting actress.
But skating’s attraction has long ebbed outside of the Olympics. And this year’s American championships return to Detroit at a grim moment, following the apparent suicide of a former star who had been suspended by the U.S. Center for SafeSport, an organization whose primary mission is to investigate accusations of sexual misconduct.
John Coughlin, 33, won American pairs titles in 2011 and 2012 and, at the time of his death on Friday in Kansas City, Mo., he held a leading advocacy position as the chairman of the athletes commission of the International Skating Union, the sport’s world governing body.
“My wonderful, strong, amazingly compassionate brother John Coughlin took his own life earlier today,” his sister, Angela Laune, wrote in a Facebook post on Friday night.
Coughlin’s story reflects both an enhanced effort to construct a safety net to protect athletes against sexual impropriety and the imperfections that remain in that web, not just in figure skating, but in every sport.
By all accounts, Coughlin was well liked in the sport as a competitor, coach and commentator. Johnny Weir, the skating commentator and a two-time Olympian, wrote on Twitter that Coughlin “was a person who was talented, had an incredible laugh & would go out of his way to cheer someone up.”
But troubling concerns had surfaced recently about Coughlin, made more disquieting by the fact that he was supposed to be an international voice for skaters’ rights.
Last Thursday, Coughlin was given an “interim suspension” by SafeSport, which meant he could not be involved in skating until accusations against him were resolved.
On Sunday, a person with knowledge of the Coughlin case, who was not authorized to speak publicly, said that more than one skater had accused him of sexual misconduct that went beyond harassment. Also on Sunday, USA Today reported that two complaints against Coughlin involved minors.
U.S. Figure Skating, the national governing body, has said little, beyond expressing shock and condolences. Daniel Hill, a spokesman for SafeSport, said on Sunday that “the center has a charter to put an end to sexual misconduct in the Olympic movement, and we have exclusive authority to investigate those cases.”
Hill was speaking in general terms and not specifically about Coughlin. Referring to sanctions against individuals, Hill said, “We will only use those if there are concerns and we believe individuals need to be kept safe now.”
In an interview with USA Today on Jan. 7, Coughlin called accusations against him “unfounded” and stated, correctly, that a preliminary sanction “in no way constitutes a finding by SafeSport or that there is any merit to the allegation.”
The U.S. Center for SafeSport was created by the United States Olympic Committee in 2017, after allegations of sexual abuse were repeatedly made in such sports as gymnastics and swimming. Reaction to SafeSport’s effort to curb sexual misconduct in figure skating has been mixed and complicated.
“Is SafeSport cleaning up the sport? I’d have to say my answer, generally speaking, is yes,” said Craig Maurizi, a longtime coach and the director of figure skating at the Ice House training center in Hackensack, N.J., said on Sunday. “I think the mechanism is making people think twice before they act.”
At the same time, Maurizi criticized SafeSport for the manner in which it was adjudicating a high-profile case involving him that has been going on for two decades.
In 1999, in an investigative report in The New York Times, Maurizi accused a former coaching colleague, Richard Callaghan, of engaging in inappropriate sexual conduct with Maurizi when Maurizi was 15 and a skating student of Callaghan’s. Later, Maurizi said, Callaghan abused his position of authority to initiate a full sexual relationship when Maurizi was 18 that lasted, on and off, for years.
Callaghan, who with Maurizi assisting, coached Tara Lipinski to an Olympic gold medal in 1998, vehemently denied in the Times story that he had ever had sex with Maurizi or that he had engaged in improper behavior.
Maurizi filed a complaint with U.S. Figure Skating in 1999, but it was dismissed because it had not been filed within the required 60 days of the alleged improper conduct. On Jan. 31, 2018, Maurizi refiled his grievance, this time with SafeSport, which gave Callaghan a provisional suspension in March 2018. At the time of the suspension, Callaghan told ABC News: “That’s 19 or 20 years ago. I have nothing to say.’’
Meanwhile, it is now nearly a year after Maurizi’s complaint was resubmitted, but the case has yet to be fully resolved.
“Are they dragging their feet?” Maurizi said of SafeSport. “Absolutely.”
SafeSport says it resolves cases as quickly as possible, but acknowledges a backlog from being underfunded and understaffed. A three-year grant from the Justice Department, worth .2 million, is intended for education and prevention programs and cannot be used to reduce the case backlog or hire investigators, Hill said.
Maurizi, whose wife, Tara Modlin, was Coughlin’s agent, also questioned whether due process was being fairly granted to all parties in cases investigated by SafeSport. “It’s such mixed emotions and mixed feelings, given the situation with my friend who felt he didn’t have due process and was not given an opportunity to voice his side,” Maurizi said of Coughlin.
An interim suspension is not a final disposition of a case but a step taken to prevent possible further harm to athletes until an investigation is concluded, said Hill, the SafeSport spokesman.
He said that an interim suspension “is best practice in this field, not just what we think but what most people think needs to be done in these type of matters, especially when you’re dealing with minors.” He added, “Our mission requires us to protect athletes.”
The U.S.O.C. said it had authorized .2 million for SafeSport in 2019 (the center’s total budget is about million). Five additional investigators are to be added soon to the approximately 20 already employed and a ramped-up staff of 50 is expected within the next year and a half, Hill said. Eventually, he said, the center’s budget is expected to grow to million or more.
Meanwhile, according to The Associated Press, an average of 85 complaints continue to be filed with SafeSport each month.
Sara Hirshland, the chief executive of the U.S.O.C., said in an interview with The Times last week that “there is no doubt that the capacity of the center is not where it needs to be to handle the volume.”B:
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“【卫】【师】【叔】【的】【药】【圃】【就】【不】【用】【花】【师】【兄】【关】【心】【了】，【那】【里】【是】【他】【老】【人】【家】【亲】【自】【布】【置】【的】【万】【花】【飞】【叶】【阵】，【肯】【定】【万】【无】【一】【失】。”【女】【修】【甜】【甜】【的】【笑】【道】。 “【那】【行】，【要】【是】【出】【了】【什】【么】【问】【题】，【就】【由】【李】【师】【妹】【一】【人】【承】【担】。【诸】【位】【师】【兄】【妹】【替】【我】【作】【证】。”【艳】【丽】【男】【子】【平】【静】【的】【说】【道】，【身】【旁】【的】【那】【些】【修】【士】【听】【的】【都】【点】【了】【点】【头】。 “【这】”【那】【女】【修】【脸】【上】【的】【笑】【容】【僵】【住】【了】。 【妖】【艳】【男】
【她】【们】【的】【眼】【里】【有】【着】【哀】【求】。【李】【云】【龙】【的】【厉】【害】【她】【们】【都】【是】【看】【见】【了】。【而】【且】，【她】【们】【更】【看】【见】【了】【这】【场】【比】【赛】【的】【残】【酷】。【郭】【少】【羽】【和】**【生】【两】【个】【活】【生】【生】【的】【人】【都】【已】【经】【不】【在】【了】。【她】【们】【害】【怕】【玉】【珠】【也】【会】【死】【在】【那】【场】【上】。【放】【手】【吧】。【玉】【珠】【对】【上】【官】【微】【微】【一】【笑】，【他】【的】【笑】【容】【在】【这】【一】【刻】【是】【那】【样】【的】【和】【煦】，【好】【看】。【就】【像】【是】【阳】【光】【的】【少】【年】。【只】【因】【为】【他】【已】【经】【明】【白】【了】【武】【者】【二】【字】，【他】【为】【他】【是】【武】【者】193333钱多开奖【水】【岚】【躺】【下】，【静】【静】【得】【看】【着】【灵】【珠】。 【她】【的】【皮】【肤】【白】【皙】，【在】【早】【晨】【橘】【色】【的】【阳】【光】【下】，【能】【看】【见】【脸】【色】【细】【小】【的】【可】【爱】【绒】【毛】。 【她】【内】【眼】【角】【两】【个】【对】【称】【的】【痣】【很】【特】【别】，【若】【不】【是】【灵】【珠】【的】【眼】【睛】【本】【身】【单】【纯】【天】【真】，【这】【两】【颗】【痣】【如】【果】【配】【上】【灵】【玉】【机】【灵】【的】【眼】【神】，【会】【显】【得】【邪】【魅】【又】【妖】【异】。 【她】【安】【静】【得】【呼】【吸】【着】，【眼】【珠】【在】【眼】【皮】【之】【下】【轻】【微】【转】【动】，【好】【像】【在】【做】【美】【梦】，【嘴】【角】【露】【出】【一】【丝】【沉】
“【爷】【爷】，【那】【个】【夏】【霸】【王】，【他】【有】【没】【有】【你】【厉】【害】？” 【小】【孙】【子】【在】【每】【次】【听】【了】【故】【事】【后】，【都】【会】【向】【老】【头】【问】【出】【同】【样】【问】【题】。 【老】【头】【每】【次】【都】【会】【不】【耐】【其】【烦】【地】【回】【答】，【摇】【了】【摇】【头】【笑】【说】【道】：“【爷】【爷】【老】【了】，【哪】【是】【那】【个】【夏】【宗】【师】【的】【对】【手】【啊】，【现】【在】【爷】【爷】【也】【就】【是】【跟】【孙】【子】【说】【说】【故】【事】，【打】【打】【太】【极】【拳】【了】。” 【老】【头】【说】【着】，【那】【双】【苍】【老】【的】【眸】【子】【里】【似】【乎】【流】【露】【出】【一】【抹】【黯】【然】【之】【色】。
“【咳】【咳】！” 【君】【无】【名】【一】【醒】【来】【便】【剧】【烈】【的】【咳】【嗽】【起】【来】，【直】【咳】【的】【嗓】【子】【眼】【火】【烧】【火】【燎】【的】【疼】。 【沈】【清】【便】【推】【门】【而】【入】，“【无】【名】【氏】！【你】【终】【于】【醒】【了】！” 【君】【无】【名】【便】【看】【了】【过】【去】，【问】【道】：“【师】【尊】……【你】……【我】【这】【是】【在】【哪】【里】？” “【琼】【山】。”【沈】【清】【又】【伸】【出】【手】【抓】【住】【了】【对】【方】【的】【手】【腕】，“【无】【名】，【你】【已】【经】【睡】【了】【两】【天】【了】。” “【什】【么】？”【君】【无】【名】【不】【由】【得】【提】
【随】【便】【画】【了】【点】，【一】【下】【子】【整】【个】【人】【的】【气】【质】【都】【不】【同】【了】。 【方】【雅】【很】【满】【意】【的】【点】【了】【点】【头】，【然】【后】【把】【手】【上】【的】【铜】【镜】【递】【给】【袁】【潇】，【意】【思】【是】【让】【她】【自】【己】【看】【看】【自】【己】。 【袁】【潇】【一】【看】，【只】【觉】【得】【这】【妆】【效】【实】【在】【是】【太】【丑】【了】。 【脸】【白】【的】【跟】【纸】【一】【样】，【嘴】【唇】【红】【的】【像】【血】，【这】【妆】【容】【根】【本】【不】【像】【画】【在】【正】【常】【人】【的】【脸】【上】。 【而】【像】【是】【殡】【仪】【师】【的】【杰】【作】。 【越】【看】【袁】【潇】【越】【觉】【得】【像】，【在】【看】【汤】