Lake Effect's Mitch Teich on All Things Considered.
UPDATED, 7:15 pm: Andy Gabel responded to WUWM's story this evening by email:
"I want to emphasize, there was no incident of any abuse ever. I never forced myself on any individual and any allegations of that nature are absolutely false. Any relationship I had was consentual [sic]. Looking back on it now, I understand that my conduct nearly 20 years ago, and longer, was still inappropriate. I've apologized publically [sic] for that and I am sorry for crossing that line. I understand that inappropriateness more than ever now.
And so I resigned from the International Skating Union and US Speedskating because I care about the athletes and the sport that I have given so much of my life to and I did not want this type of story to have any adverse effects on the athletes, the organization, and the progress of the sport.
Nearly two decades ago, I made personal mistakes and looking back on it now, I wish that I would have been more mature and made better choices."
US Speedskating released a written statement this evening, as well:
"US Speedskating is aware of a second allegation brought by another athlete against a former board member. We have engaged the law firm of Sidley Austin LLP to thoroughly investigate the allegations of sexual misconduct brought forward by both athletes. US Speedskating will not tolerate abuse of any kind and we intend to investigate these claims, and any others that arise."
Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews musician Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg.
Najda Salerno-Sonnenberg is one of the world’s most celebrated violinists. Her solo performances are electrifying: she combines supreme artistry and musicality with both precision and fearlessness. She dives deeply into the music and takes her audiences along with her on that journey.
(An earlier version of this story and the current audio version includes an incorrect characterization of Gabel's statement. It initially and incorrectly read "Gabel admitted to the behavior." Mr. Gabel admitted to a "brief, inappropriate relationship" with a fellow teammate.)
U.S. Speedskating's turmoil continues as new developments hit late Tuesday. A group of short-track speedskaters and their supporters filed a Section 10 complaint with the U.S. Olympic Committee, asking it to put U.S. Speedskating on probation and increase USOC oversight. They say the governing body hasn’t addressed grievances they brought to light last August.
The GOP-backed mining bill would alter Wisconsin's permitting process for iron ore mining, to accommodate a huge iron-ore mine just south of Lake Superior.
Pushing aside the heated debate surrounding the issue, WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence reports on how the proposed mine in the far off Penokee Range would operate. While several experts offer a rendering, unknowns remain.