Former US Olympian and current figure skating coach Peter Oppegard allegedly bit a skater on the arm and threw hot water and coffee at other skaters.
Her mother knew Oppegard bit her 15 year old daughter, even saw the bite mark, and allowed her to continue to train with him? I don't understand that.
Stop victim blaming. Pfund left after the end of that season. They also stated in the article that they didn't want to report Oppegard to USFS because they were concerned about what might happen to Karen and their kids.I can see how the culture might condition parents to accept some sketchy behavior, but biting??
They probably had a contract through the season. When the season was over, she left. That's actually pretty strong compared to what other figure skaters and their parents put up with.I did not victim blame. I said I do not understand why the victim's mother allowed the coaching to continue.
Yes, putting blame on the parent is not blaming the victim.I did not victim blame. I said I do not understand why the victim's mother allowed the coaching to continue.
Well said! The interview supposedly happened months ago, has Peter been allowed to coach since?Every time I hear the about "Safe Sport" I think "not so safe sport". If inaction of the past continue, Peter Oppegard will get on the list of people investigated. What happened to Delilah Sappenfield and TJ Nyman? What has happened to Zimmerman and Cipres?
The wheels of justice are slow but SS was supposed to keep athletes safe.
Jessica Pfund's parents' first concern should have been for their daughter's wellbeing. Putting Peter Oppegard's children's interest above hers was inexcusable.Sorry, I didn't mean to try to brush it aside. Yes, the parents should have been more active in pulling her out of an abusive situation. I imagine there were many dynamics to the situation - like the effect on her partner (Pfund was with AJ Reiss at the time), the coaching contract, and getting funding for the next season, etc. It does seem telling that Pfund left at the end of the season and Pfund and Reiss split.
I can see how the culture might condition parents to accept some sketchy behavior, but biting??
Or not have paid it. What would he have done? Gone to court and risk having the incident come out years earlier than it did?If they were that concerned about his kids, they could have paid out the contract with him and still not require him to coach their daughter.