Two-time US figure skating champion committed suicide :: Society :: RBC

The body of John Coughlin was found in the house of his father in Kansas City. The skater was 33 years old. In December, due to accusations against him of the organization’s struggling with violence, the athlete was suspended from participating in competitions "in any capacity"

John Coughlin and Cady Danny

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In the US, died two-time American champion in figure skating, John Coughlin. About this, with reference to the message on Facebook, his sister Angela Lown reports the publication USA Today.

“My wonderful, strong, surprisingly merciful brother John Coughlin committed suicide. I have no words, ”the girl wrote. Information about the death of the athlete also confirmed in the United States Figure Skating Association.

“We are stunned by the news of the death of the double champion of America in pairs skating John Coughlin. We sincerely and deeply condole with his father Mike, sister Angela and the rest of his family, ”the organization said on Twitter. “Out of respect for the family,” the remaining details about Kaflin’s death in the association have so far declined.

The body of the skater, as indicated by USA Today, was found in the house of Kaflin in Kansas City. According to official figures, the athlete lived there earlier, and now his father is constantly there.

The data that law enforcement officers were sent to the house at this address the day before at 16:54 local time in connection with the “suicide”, police sergeant Jake Bechchine confirmed USA Today. He did not name the deceased.

John Kaflin was 33 years old. He was a regular participant in figure skating competitions. In addition, the athlete traveled across the country as a coach, television commentator and a rising star in both American and international sports.

However, last December, SafeSport, an organization that fights violence, limited its ability to participate in sports activities. With what exactly it was connected, USA Today does not explain, noting, however, that the day after this became known, Coughlin resigned from his post as brand manager of a large American company producing blades for skates John Wilson Blades.

After this, SafeSport reinforced disciplinary for Coughlin to “temporary suspension” of sports activities. The United States Figure Skating Association then imposed its own punishment on the athlete. By the organization’s decision, the skater was forbidden to participate "in any sporting activity or competition in any capacity".

This restriction, according to USA Today, should have affected Coughlin's work at the national figure skating championship in Detroit. The event will take place next week. The head of the television station, which will cover the championship, earlier, as USA Today indicates, has already stated that Caflin will not work as a commentator at these competitions.

Himself an athlete charges against himself called "unfounded."

SafeSport, as specified by USA Today, was opened in 2017. Their goal representatives of this organization call the need to "put an end to all forms of abuse in sports." In particular, SafeSport has exclusive jurisdiction over sexual misconduct, as well as combating other forms of violence. As a rule, SafeSport does not provide detailed information on the nature of the charges against the athlete until the end of his own investigation, writes USA Today.

Coughlin twice became the champion of the United States - in 2011, paired with Caitlin Yankouskas - and in 2012 - with Cady Denny. In addition, the figure skater was the silver medalist of the championship of four continents in 2012. In 2017, Coughlin was elected to the Commission of Athletes of the International Figure Skating Union (ISU).