Andy Gabel, 48, four-time, short track speedskating U.S. Olympian and silver medal holder, has been accused by a second female speedskater of sexual abuse. This newest accusation comes from a female speedskater who claims that Gabel raped her when she was only 15-years-old, MSN reported on March 10.
Nikki Meyer, former Olympic winner of the short track relay for the U.S., now 37-years-old and known more popularly by her maiden name, Nikki Ziegelmeyer, made the accusation on Friday.
Meyer went on to say that after the rape, Gabel successfully manipulated her into an “illicit three-year relationship that ended at the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics.”
According to Meyer:
"He wasn't a hero. He wasn't the god of speedskating."
"He's a child molester. He's a rapist. He's a sexual abuser. He's a pedophile. By no means should anybody think he is anything more than that."
Gabel issued his own statement denying the accusations.
"I want to emphasize there was no incident of any abuse ever," Gabel said.
"I never forced myself on any individual, and any allegations of that nature are absolutely false. Any relationship I had was consensual."
It was only last week when speedskater Bridie Farrell informed the media that she too had “an improper relationship with Gabel” that took place in the 1990s. Farrell said that her relationship with Gabel started when he was 33-years-old and she was only 15.
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