KEARNS, Utah (ABC 4 News) - The U.S. Speedskating coaching scandal has become even messier.
Reigning national short-track champion Simon Cho faces a disciplinary hearing after confessing Friday that he tampered with a Canadian rival's skate at the 2011 World Team Championship. Short track interim coach, Jun Hyung Yeo, was suspended Friday by the federation for failing to report that tampering.
And the man at the center of the scandal, head coach Jae Su Chun, remains suspended and also could be disciplined for not reporting the tampering.
But investigators commissioned by U.S. Speedskating to investigate said Friday at a news conference at the Utah Olympic Oval they didn't find evidence that Chun engaged in "a pattern of physical and emotional abuse" as alleged by skaters. One complaint from a skater saying Chun beat him in an elevator now told investigators a different story.
“He indicated it was not as he described and ended up sending an email later supporting the coach,” said Greg Little, of White & Case, the law firm that handled the investigation.
They also didn't verify Cho's claim that Chun ordered the skate tampering. "We don't believe there is sufficient evidence to say, to conclude, Coach Chun directed Cho to tamper with the skate."
On Friday US Speedskating said the organization is shocked and disappointed by Cho’s actions. "We don't under any circumstance support or condone this type of behavior,” said Tamera Castellano, marketing director for the team.