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Olympian Suspended 2 Years For Skate Tampering

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File photo of a speedskater.  (credit: David Madison/Getty Images)

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KEARNS, Utah (AP) — Olympic short track medalist Simon Cho has received a two-year suspension from the International Skating Union after admitting he tampered with the skates of a Canadian rival.

U.S. Speedskating announced the decision Sunday. The suspension runs through Oct. 4, 2014, which means Cho will not be eligible to compete for the U.S. short track team at the Sochi Olympics.

Cho confessed on Oct. 5, 2012, that he sabotaged the skates of Canada’s Olivier Jean during the 2011 World Team Championship. Cho says he did it at the direction of former short track national coach Jae Su Chun.

Chun denies those allegations. But the ISU suspended him for two years through Aug. 25, 2015, saying he violated the code of ethics.

Cho won a relay bronze medal at the Vancouver Games.

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