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The U.S. Center for SafeSport suspended 1988 U.S. Olympic pairs bronze medalist and renowned figure skating coach Peter Oppegard Monday after an investigation of allegations of physical abuse, according to emails obtained by USA TODAY Sports and two people questioned by SafeSport. 

SafeSport did not specify the length of the suspension on its disciplinary database but did list the misconduct as “physical & emotional.”

Oppegard, 62, did not immediately return a phone call and text message seeking comment. 

A member of the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame, Oppegard allegedly bit a teenage female skater on the arm during a 2013 training session, according to the skater, her mother and a person who was present in the rink and said they saw the bite mark immediately afterward.



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