Yesterday we forwarded the CBC’s important — and potentially huge — story on Speed Skating Canada’s investigation and placing on leave of national team coach Michael Crowe.
As more details emerge, bear in mind that the reasons Crowe got kicked out of the U.S. speedskating program are no mystery. Former skater Eva Rodansky is the key Crowe whistleblower on our side of the border; she wrote a guest column for Concussion Inc. and has been a source for many of our stories. Here is what Rodansky wrote at her own blog on April 9, 2006, at http://evarodansky.blogspot.com/2006/04/:
“Some athletes have had good experiences working with Mike Crowe. I think he does just fine working as a coach with a small group of male skaters. But the job of Program Director was way over his head. Not only that: In my opinion, no female speedskater should ever be within Crowe’s sphere of influence in any way, be it coaching, team selection, or anything else. I can’t imagine that it would be a good thing, whether you’re the favorite or the unfavorite.”