Olympic medalist and U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame member Peter Oppegard allegedly bit a female figure skater on the arm during a 2013 training session, USA Today reported Thursday. Oppegard, 61, is also accused of throwing hot water and coffee on skaters on “multiple occasions” during coaching sessions from 2005 until 2018.
The alleged abuse occurred at East West Ice Palace in Artesia, California. Pairs figure skater Jessica Pfund told USA Today she was 15 years old when Oppegard became angry while coaching her on a jump.
“He was helping to position me on the ice to show me a landing position on a jump. Both of his hands were holding me, and he leaned over and bit me on the skin on my upper right arm, near the bicep,” Pfund said.
“I remember being completely baffled why he did it,” she said. “I went home with a bruise and a bite