Ax skating commentators after degrading search on Canada’s Duhamel caught by hot mic

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The International Skating Union has replaced its commentators at the world figure skating championships after an open microphone picked up a degrading remark directed at retired Canadian skater Meagan Duhamel.

The ISU said Thursday it was “shocked” by the language and apologized to Duhamel.

Simon Reed made the comment at the end of Wednesday’s Pairs broadcast, apparently believing his microphone was off. This made fellow commentator Nicky Slater laugh.

“There is no place for harassing and abusive language or remarks and behavior in sport and our society,” the ISU said on Twitter. “The ISU has taken immediate action with its service provider to suspend both commentators with immediate effect and neither will cover future figure skating events for the ISU.”

He pledged to launch an “internal investigation”.

“The ISU has sincerely apologized to Ms. Duhamel for the inappropriate and unacceptable behavior of the two commentators,” the skating federation said.

Duhamel, a two-time world champion in pairs and Olympic champion in the team event, had criticized Reed and Slater’s comment earlier in the meet.

“Skate twitter hope we all enjoy some amazing skating today,” Duhamel wrote Thursday. “I have received a personal apology from Simon Reed and the President of the ISU and I do not believe a public apology is necessary at this stage. I appreciate and respect their apologies.


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