St. Ignatius tops McHenry in
Palatine boys water polo tourney
Matt Peck scored five goals Friday for McHenry in an 18-9 boys water polo loss to St. Ignatius in the opening round of the eight-team Palatine Tournament. The victorious Wolfpack are ranked No. 15 by illpolo.com and the Warriors are not ranked in the top 25.
Also for McHenry, Miles Lucas had two goals, and Andrew Trocki and Kevin Braun each scored. The Warriors face tournament host Palatine this morning.
Second former speedskater makes accusations against Gabel
A second former speedskater came forward Friday with allegations against Andy Gabel, telling The Associated Press she was raped at age 15 by the one-time leader of the U.S. short track program, then manipulated into an illicit three-year relationship that ended at the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics.
Nikki Meyer, who was known by her maiden name of Nikki Ziegelmeyer when she won short track relay medals for the U.S. at the Albertville and Lillehammer Games, delivered the most recent accusations against Gabel, a medalist himself who competed in four Olympics, was a former president of U.S. Speedskating and, until last week, held a prominent position at the International Skating Union.
“He wasn’t a hero. He wasn’t the god of speedskating,” Meyer, now 37, told the AP in an hour-long telephone interview from her hometown in suburban St. Louis. “He’s a child molester. He’s a rapist. He’s a sexual abuser. He’s a pedophile. By no means should anybody think he is anything more than that.”
Gabel, now 48, issued a statement to the AP acknowledging he made mistakes during his skating career, but strongly denied forcing himself on anyone.
Last week, speedskater Bridie Farrell told Milwaukee public radio station WUWM that she had an improper relationship with Gabel during the 1990s, starting when she was also 15 and he was 33.
– Staff, wire reports