John Coughlin, a former American figure skating champion, was found dead at his home in Kansas City on Friday, a day after being temporarily suspended by the US Center for SafeSport. He was 33 years old.
Coughlin’s sister, Angela Laune, announced the news in a post on her Facebook account. “My brother John Coughlin, a wonderful, strong and compassionate man, took his life today [Friday],” she wrote. “I do not know what to say.”
The US Center for SafeSport is an organization attached to the US Olympic Committee that aims to end abuses in sport, such as bullying, harassment, sexual abuse and sexual misconduct.
On December 17, Coughlin’s participation in activities related to the American Figure Skating Federation was reduced by the US Center for SafeSport because of a case that had been presented to the organization, the USA Today newspaper reported. January 7th. Last Thursday, he was officially suspended.
At the time the story was revealed by “USA Today”, Coughlin had written this via e-mail daily: “I would like to speak freely about unfounded allegations that I am subject to, but SafeSport’s rules prevent me from doing so. to do so while the case is in progress. I note, however, that the Notice of Allegation of SafeSport indicates that an allegation does not mean that SafeSport has found anything or that the allegation has any merit. ”
Coughlin, crowned American champion in 2011 with Caitlin Yankowskas and in 2012 with Caydee Denney, had retired as an athlete, but he was still active as a coach, television commentator, and a member of the American federations. international skating.
“The death of two-time American champion John Coughlin is a shock,” the American Figure Skating Federation wrote on Twitter on Saturday. We offer our deepest condolences to his father, Mike, his sister, Angela, and his entire family. Out of respect for his family, we will not comment further for the moment. “
Phyllis Reddon is a general assignment reporter at Rise Media. She has covered sports, entertainment and many other beats in her journalism career, and has lived in New York for more than 6 years. Phyllis has appeared periodically on national television shows and has been published in (among others) Yahoo News,, Politico, The Atlantic, Harper’s, Wired.com, Vice and Salon.com.