Embattled U.S. skeleton coach fired

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February 05, 2006

U.S. skeleton coach Tim Nardiello was fired by the sport's national federation for ignoring orders to stay away from the team during its final Olympic preparations.

Nardiello, who was denied a credential to coach at the Turin Games, is in St. Moritz, Switzerland, where the four sliders representing the United States are training. The letter of dismissal was e-mailed Friday.

"I'm very disappointed," Nardiello said yesterday.

Nardiello was suspended by the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation on Dec. 31, accused of sexually harassing team members. He was reinstated 25 days later when an arbitrator found no credible evidence supporting those claims.

But the U.S. Olympic Committee, which conducted a separate inquiry, still refused to let him coach in Turin, citing other misconduct.

After his reinstatement, Nardiello asked permission to join the team in Europe and coach until the Turin Games open. The federation declined, but Nardiello went to Switzerland anyway.

"This action not only is in direct contravention of our instructions, it is in defiance of the USOC, and it constitutes clear insubordination," USBSF sports director Terry Kent told Nardiello in the e-mail.

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