Court Upholds Suspension of U.S. Skeleton Coach

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Embattled U.S. skeleton coachTim Nardiellolost his bid yesterday to be with his Olympic-bound team at this weekend's World Cup competition in Germany.

New York Supreme Court JusticeJames Dawsonupheld Nardiello's suspension and issued his decision by fax one day after the coach went to court in Elizabethtown, N.Y., seeking reinstatement.

Nardiello, placed on paid administrative leave Dec. 31 by the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation after two sexual harassment complaints were made against him, is expected to continue appealing with hopes of coaching the U.S. team at the Turin Olympics next month.

He's scheduled to be interviewed by U.S. Olympic Committee officials later this week. The USOC has the final say on which athletes and coaches make up its delegation for the Turin Games.

"After reviewing the employee handbook, the Court is not convinced that the Plaintiff . . . is entitled to any relief directing the [USBSF] to remove him from administrative leave pending an investigation into the complaints against him as an employee," Dawson wrote in a five-page decision.

Even if the USOC doesn't issue Nardiello a credential, he still could coach at the Olympics, although not in any official capacity with American sliders.

Nardiello also coaches four international athletes -- three of whom are expected to compete in Turin -- and could obtain credentialing through the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation or through the nations of the foreign athletes he works with.

-- From News Services

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