=== Skeleton coach Nardiello denied trip to Olympics ===
Colorado Springs, CO (Sports Network) - The United States Olympic Committee
announced Tuesday it has denied Tim Nardiello a chance to coach the skeleton
team at the Olympics.
Nardiello will not coach the team when it heads to Torino next month after the
USOC completed a four-week investigation into whether he sexually harassed two
members of his team.
The USOC said it interviewed 12 skeleton athletes, three individuals
associated with the United States Bobsled and Skeleton Federation, Nardiello
and others. The USOC said evidence "revealed during the investigation that
raised serious concerns about inappropriate interactions on the part of Mr.
Nardiello with athletes, including a failure to exercise appropriate
The USOC also said Nardiello violated the organization's code of ethics, code
of conduct and other standards. The USBSF decided to terminate Nardiello from
his position after the 2006 Winter Games.
Nardiello was suspended by USBSF on December 31, but was reinstated after an
independent arbitrator found no evidence of the harassment claims.
"Based upon the information gathered during our investigation, it is our
belief there has been a pattern of conduct on the part of Mr. Nardiello that
simply does not meet the standard of what is acceptable for a coach with the
United States Olympic Team," said USOC chief executive officer Jim Scherr.
The USBSF will have until January 26 to nominate a new skeleton coach for the
"Equally troubling is the manner by which this matter, and others, has been
handled by the United States Bobsled and Skeleton Federation, which long ago
could have taken steps to address and correct this situation," added Scherr.
"As a result, America's skeleton athletes have had to deal with an unnecessary
distraction during their preparation for the upcoming Olympic Winter Games,
and that is unacceptable."
01/24 19:49:11 ET