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Posted at 10:24 AM ET, 01/04/2012

Skating coach gets Feb. 29 hearing on abuse allegations

A former Northern Virginia speed skating coach will face corporal punishment allegations during a Feb. 29 hearing in front of the American Arbitration Association, according to an attorney for U.S. Speedskating.

Kim Dong-Sung, who founded the Reston-based D.S. Speedskating, elected to take the matter straight to the AAA rather than having the charges heard first by U.S. Speedskating, the organization’s attorney Steven B. Smith said Tuesday.

Seven skaters told The Post early last year that they witnessed or received corporal punishment from Kim. Kim has repeatedly denied hitting any children. Parents of skaters at D.S. Speedskating defended him last year, saying the allegations were made up.

Kim, an Olympic short track champion who settled in the United States after retiring from skating in 2002, returned to his native South Korea late last year after the charges became public and U.S. Speedskating opened an investigation.

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