Bridie Farrell

Regional
5:10 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

A Year After Telling Story of Abuse, Speedskater Bridie Farrell Achieves Personal Bests

After undergoing gall bladder surgery seven weeks before Olympic trials, Bridie Farrell placed seasonal and personal best in long-track skating.
Credit Courtesy of Bridie Farrell

Almost exactly a year ago, speedskater Bridie Farrell rocked the sports world when she went public with the story of her sexual abuse by former teammate, mentor and four-time Olympian Andy Gabel.

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Regional
5:30 am
Sat November 9, 2013

After Her Allegations Shocked Sports World, Speedskater Bridie Farrell Pursues Olympic Dream

U.S. Speedskater Bridie Farrell relocated her training to Salt Lake City to prepare for the Winter Olympic trials.
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Back in February, Olympic hopeful Bridie Farrell shook up the speedskating world with an interview on WUWM's Lake Effect, when she related her story of sexual abuse committed by a former teammate.

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Sports
3:31 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Speedskating Board to Consider Proposal to Remove Andy Gabel from Hall of Fame

Speedskater Bridie Farrell came forward with her story of sexual abuse in February.
Credit Courtesy of Bridie Farrell

The board of directors of US Speedskating is meeting this weekend in Salt Lake City, as a report has surfaced about another investigation into sexual misconduct by Olympic skater Andy Gabel.

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Speedskating
9:45 am
Sat March 9, 2013

Speedskater Nikki Meyer: "I Couldn't Believe What Was Happening"

A second speedskater has come forward with allegations of sexual abuse by a fellow skater.
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A second speedskater has come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct by four-time Olympic speedskater and former US Speedskating head Andy Gabel. Nikki Meyer, who was known as Nikki Ziegelmeyer during her skating career says she was fifteen years old in 1991 when Gabel forced her to have sex in a dorm room at the US Olympic Education Center in Marquette, Michigan.

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Speedskating
1:41 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Exclusive Audio: Second Skater Accuses Andy Gabel of Sexual Misconduct; Gabel Denies Charges

Former U.S. Speedskating head and four-time Olympian Andy Gabel has been accused by another speedskater of sexual misconduct.

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."

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Speedskating
12:49 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Bridie Farrell: "I Think the World Has Changed" Following Andy Gabel's Resignation

Bridie Farrell Skates in the American Cup Final in Utah
Mike Bernico

The fallout continues from speedskater Bridie Farrell accusations that she was sexually abused by a fellow skater fifteen years ago. On Lake Effect last week, Farrell came forward publicly for the first time with the story of her repeated abuse by fellow skater Andy Gabel, when she was 15 and he was 33. Gabel went on to medal in the Olympics, and later served as President of US Speedskating and on the board of the International Skating Union.

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Speedskating
12:26 pm
Sat March 2, 2013

Exclusive Audio Interview: Speedskater Bridie Farrell Speaks Out About Sexual Abuse by Andy Gabel

Bridie Farrell and Andy Gabel, top row second and third from left, at training in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., in 1997
Credit Bridie Farrell

This story has been updated as of Saturday, 3 PM.

Four-time Olympian and former head of U.S. Speedskating Andy Gabel has admitted to and apologized for what he calls "a brief, inappropriate relationship with a female teammate," according to an interview with the Chicago Tribune.

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Speedskating
9:04 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Local Speed-Skater Sets Sights and Skates on 2014 Olympics

Bridie Farrell speedskating in Milwaukee.
Credit Mitch Teich

One year from today, speed-skating events are set to begin at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Bridie Farrell hopes to be there. Today, though, she’s in Milwaukee, training at the Pettit National Ice Center.

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