Speedskater Andy Gabel resigns from committees after abuse claims
The day after a three-time Olympian apologized for alleged sexual misconduct with a then-teenage skater, U.S. Speedskating said it will conduct its own investigation into the allegations.
"U.S. Speedskating will be conducting an investigation into the allegations of sexual misconduct brought by an athlete against a former board member," said a statement from U.S. Speedskating regarding the allegations against Andy Gabel, who resigned his positions on the International Skating Union short-track committee chairman and member of U.S. Speedskating's Hall of Fame committee.
The Chicago Tribune ran a story on Sunday detailing the allegations against Gabel, which include possible misconduct with speed skater Bridie Farrell, now 31. She told the Tribune about the relationship, and Gabel apologized for his behavior.
"U.S. Speedskating will not tolerate abuse of any kind and we intend to investigate these claims, and any others that arise, thoroughly," the statement released Monday night said.
Gabel won a silver medal in 1994, and the misconduct allegedly took place when Farrell was 15 and Gabel was in his 30s, the Tribune reported.
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