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U.S. Olympic speed skater admits tampering with competitor’s skate

Oct 5, 2012, 12:40 PM EDT

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Cheating in competitive speed skating? There’s nothing to believe in any more.

U.S. Olympic speed skater Simon Cho admitted on Friday that he had tampered with a Canadian competitor’s skate during the 2011 World Team Championships in Poland, but that he had done so at the behest of his coach, Jae Su Chun. The admission was given in a statement by Cho’s attorney as part of an arbitration hearing on removing Chun as the U.S. coach.

“Although the skate belonged to Olivier Jean, I had no intention to single him out,” Cho said in the statement. “It was the biggest mistake of my life and one that I regret with all my heart. I apologize to Olivier and the Canadian team – I have great respect for Olivier and the Canadian team and have never held any bad feelings toward them. I also apologize to all those involved in speedskating for my poor judgment and bad sportsmanship.”

Cho sabotaged the skate after he had already been eliminated from the competition, but it prevented the Canadian team from winning a medal.

  1. t16rich - Oct 5, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    Sore losing douche bag.