Awards Whistle-Blower Thousands
, DECEMBER 28, 2005: Bruce
G. Cohne, a sports arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association (AAA),
today awarded Jon Jackson a victory in his arbitration case against the United
States Figure Skating Association (US Figure Skating).
was a key witness in the 2002 Winter Olympics scandal, having blown the
whistle on the French judge who admitted to having cheated in a vote-swapping
deal with the Russians.
arbitration award, totaling over $18,000.00 for attorney’s fees, costs and
AAA fees, was based on the US Figure Skating’s failure to follow its own
bylaws and rules in its attempt to sanction
. This was US Figure Skating’s second attempt to unjustly punish Jackson,
the first being an attempt to strip Jackson and Ron Pfenning, the referee of
the Olympic Pair Event, of their eligibility after they formed the now defunct
World Skating Federation - a cleaned-up, competing organization to the
International Skating Union (ISU) in 2003.
after hearing the news, “which is rare in the figure skating world.”
is the author of an upcoming memoir that blows the lid off the tightly kept
secrets of the mysterious and often scandal-ridden world
of figure skating.
His book “On Edge: Backroom Dealing, Cocktail Scheming, Triple Axels, and
How Top Skaters Get Screwed” is due for release the week of January 9, 2006.
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