February 24, 2006 |
Skeleton athlete Kevin Ellis of Dallas injured his back in a recreational sled race late yesterday afternoon. Ellis, who was 17th in the skeleton competition last Friday, fractured and dislocated a mid-back vertebra. Jim Sterling, the U.S. Olympic team's chief medical officer, said in a statement that there was no paralysis. Athletes elected to committee Canadian cross-country skier Beckie Scott and hockey star Saku Koivu of Finland were elected as athlete members of the International Olympic Committee by their fellow competitors in the Olympic village.
February 18, 2006 |
A soft snow, glistening in the artificial light, fell on the frosty Alpine night. Children and adults, bundled up like spacemen, were full of good cheer. And sled after sled whooshed down the white hillside. It was beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Unfortunately for Eric Bernotas, it was like the Christmas when you get underwear instead of toys. The Malvern native, despite two solid runs down the 1,435-meter track, finished sixth last night in men's skeleton. Thrust into the lead role on the U.S. team when Zach Lund tested positive for a steroid-masking device, Bernotas had a combined time of 1 minute, 57.19 seconds.
February 16, 2006 |
Two days before the Olympic men's skeleton final, Eric Bernotas yesterday positioned himself as one of the favorites by winning both training runs at Cesana-Pariol. The Malvern native turned in times of 57.97 seconds and 58.16. He now owns three of the top five times from this week's six practice sessions. "I have to take it easy because I haven't had much rest," Bernotas said afterward. "I'm hoping it doesn't snow so we can have a consistent and fair race. " Light snow has been forecast for the mountains west of Turin today.
February 9, 2006 |
Eric Bernotas was hurtling dangerously downhill even before he discovered skeleton. Years before he stumbled into the esoteric sliding sport that would gain him a spot on the 2006 U.S. Olympic team, the Malvern native's life was in a reckless descent. Away from home for a first time as a West Virginia University student in the early 1990s, Bernotas, afflicted with a facial tic associated with Tourette's syndrome, fell into a deep depression. "My way of handling it was self-medication with alcohol and marijuana," Bernotas said in a recent phone interview from a Altenberg, Germany.
February 5, 2006 |
The U.S. governing body for bobsled and skeleton has fired skeleton coach Tim Nardiello, contending he ignored orders to keep his distance from the team during final Olympic tune-ups. The U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation sent the letter of dismissal by e-mail Friday to Nardiello. He was in St. Moritz, Switzerland, one of the world's classic bases for sliding sports, where the four U.S. racers are training. The 2006 Games begin Friday; the women's skeleton event is scheduled for Feb. 16, the men's Feb. 17. Nardiello told the Associated Press yesterday, "I'm very disappointed.
January 25, 2006 |
The U.S. Olympic Committee will not allow Tim Nardiello to coach the American skeleton team at next month's Olympics in Turin, Italy, despite his reinstatement by the sport's national governing body after an arbitrator found no evidence to support claims he sexually harassed two team members. The USOC said its investigation found that Nardiello failed to exercise appropriate judgment with his athletes, and violated ethical codes and the USOC Code of Conduct. It also said the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation had initially planned to fire Nardiello after the Olympics.
January 24, 2006 |
Tim Nardiello was reinstated as the U.S. skeleton coach last night, shortly after an arbitrator found no evidence supporting claims that he sexually harassed two team members - but it's still unknown if he'll coach at the Turin Olympics next month. A U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation board member, speaking on condition of anonymity because no formal announcement was planned until today, told the Associated Press that Nardiello was reinstated during a meeting last night. The decision was effective immediately.
January 21, 2006 |
An arbitrator deciding whether the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation was justified in suspending coach Tim Nardiello is not expected to make any ruling until Monday. The sides met for 22 hours over Wednesday and Thursday in Albany, N.Y., a session that included lengthy testimony from witnesses for both sides. Nardiello is seeking reinstatement as coach of the U.S. skeleton team. He was suspended by the federation on Dec. 31 after slider Felicia Canfield and the mother of 2002 Olympic gold medalist Tristan Gale accused the coach of a long pattern of sexual harassment.
January 11, 2006 |
American skeleton slider Zach Lund will miss this weekend's World Cup race in Germany - and quite possibly the Turin Olympics - after testing positive for a drug-masking agent earlier this season. Lund, perhaps the top Olympic gold-medal hope on the U.S. men's team, tested positive for Finasteride, an ingredient in a medication used to spark hair growth, U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation president Jim Shea Sr. told the Associated Press. Lund said he received a letter from the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation yesterday saying he was placed on provisional suspension until a hearing.