August 27th, 2013
11:34 AM ET

Olympic Speed Skater Sabotages Competitor, Blames Coach

An Olympic speed-skater is banned from the sport for two years after tampering with a competitor's skates back in 2011.

American Simon Cho, largely considered one of the teams' best, was suspended this week for bending the blade in the skates of a Canadian rival, reports CNN's Rachel Nichols. 

The International Skating Union handed down the punishment saying Cho will not be able to compete in the Sochi Olympics in February.

Cho won a bronze medal in Vancouver in 2010, and he was also crowned a World Champion in 2011, reports Nichols, although he has since admitted that at that competition, he secretly bent Canadian Olivier Jean's skate blade while alone in a locker room the two countries shared.

Cho calls it the biggest mistake of his life, but claims he was badgered by his former coach, Jae Su Chun.

While the older man denies the allegations, he was also suspended by the ISU for two years for violating the code of ethics.

The disgraced Cho spoke to CNN's Chris Cuomo on Tuesday morning.

While he initially reasserted the incident was his coach's fault, the athlete eventually had a lesson for his younger fans.

"I definitely want to advocate, you know, sports ethics and behavior. Sometimes when you're lost and you're chasing a dream, you want to be the next Michael Jordan or the next Michael Phelps of your sport, sometimes you get tunnel vision, and you lose sight of things. Hopefully young athletes in this generation are able to take away from my experience."


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