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2 Women File Lawsuit Against Olympic Figure Skater

Micheal Chukwuebuka, Reporting 

TWO women have filed a lawsuit claiming they were sexually abused for years by a former Olympic figure skater, their ice skating coach, in misconduct the lawsuit says should have been obvious to other adults around them.

In the federal action filed in Columbia, South Carolina, listed the plaintiffs as “Jane Doe 1” and “Jane Doe 2” and the defendants were also given similarly anonymous names.

According to the lawsuit, defendants include the coach, called “John Roe”; the ABC Skating Federation,” based in Colorado Springs, Colorado; and “XYZ Skating Rink Inc.,” in Irmo, South Carolina, which employed the coach.

Stonix News reports that “ABC Skating Federation” isn’t identified by name in the lawsuit, but U.S. Figure Skating, the national governing body of the sport, is based in Colorado Springs.

The lawsuit also stated that the coach accused of misconduct no longer lives in South Carolina and now resides in Nevada.

The coach first met Jane Doe 1 in 2020 and immediately heaped inappropriate praise in a persistent grooming pattern that led her to meet him at a hotel on January 28, 2023, where he raped her.

The defendant first began coaching Jane Doe 2 in 2018, when she was 14.

According to civil action, his praise of the girl’s body and shaming of her when she didn’t follow his dietary instructions “led to an eating disorder and body dysmorphia” that the younger plaintiff still suffers from today.

The coach regularly touched the girl inappropriately in a variety of different positions while grabbing her waist, legs, butt, or hair.

By 2021, the young skater had a complete mental breakdown and left skating, the lawsuit says.

“Defendants ABC and XYZ knew or reasonably should have known that allowing a sexual predator to be certified as a skating coach and to be hired as skating director at a rink filled with vulnerable children and young adults would cause harm to a vulnerable population,” part of the lawsuit claims.

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