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.
November 4, 2005 |
A hunter scouting a Gloucester County farm for deer yesterday discovered the skeletal remains of a man buried in a shallow grave, authorities said. A bone protruding from the ground attracted the hunter's attention about 8 a.m. near East Avenue in Franklin Township. "He first thought it was animal," said Bernie Weisenfeld, spokesman for the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office, buty he cleared away the surrounding debris and found the human skull. " Donna Fontana, a state police forensics expert, tentatively determined that the bones were a man's.
October 25, 2005 |
Jimmy Shea, who won the gold medal in skeleton at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, announced his retirement after failing to make the four-man U.S. team for the upcoming World Cup season. Shea, 37, finished well behind Eric Bernotas, Zach Lund, Caleb Smith and Kevin Ellis in a four-run race-off conducted over the past two weekends in Lake Placid, N.Y., and Calgary, Canada. Shea, who joined his father and grandfather to make up the first family with three generations of Winter Olympians, began a steady slide soon after his stunning triumph in Salt Lake City.
October 20, 2005 |
World Cup skeleton champion Noelle Pikus-Pace suffered a broken left leg yesterday when an American four-man bobsled slammed into her during a competition in Canada. The U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation said the 22-year-old Olympic hopeful from Orem, Utah, was waiting with two other sliders when the bobsled overran the stop area at Calgary Olympic Park and struck her. The other athletes, Tristan Gale and Lee Ann Parsley, suffered minor injuries. Pikus-Pace was being evaluated at a hospital for a compound fracture of her lower left leg, a spokesman said.
May 14, 2005 |
The mother of slain toddler Porchia Bennett, who is accused of virtually abandoning the child and her three sisters, testified yesterday that she visited the girls nearly every day and never saw bruises or scars. However, after the jury left the courtroom, Common Pleas Court Judge Renee Cardwell Hughes angrily confronted 29-year-old Tiffany Bennett. "How much did Porchia weigh in September 2002, and how much did Porchia weigh in August 2003? And you really expect me to believe that you saw Porchia every day - when she lost 50 percent of her body weight?