Coughlin, a former national pairs champion, killed himself in January while facing an investigation into accusations of sexual misconduct, including inappropriate conduct involving minors.
Coughlin, 33, told USA Today shortly before he died that the accusations were “unfounded.” He had been suspended from involvement in the sport by the U.S. Center for SafeSport, a nonprofit organization tasked with investigating reports of sexual abuse.
They include assaults of gymnasts by a national team doctor, Lawrence G. Nassar , who is now in prison; the accusations against Coughlin; and abuse cases in swimming and taekwondo.
Athletes under 18 are now prohibited from living with their coaches, once a common practice among skaters, who often left home to train at ice rinks around the country, Anderson said.
Coaches are also forbidden to be alone with skaters who are minors, whether at the rink or in a car to and from practice, Anderson said, and a member of figure skating’s SafeSport staff travels to all international events to monitor the American participants.
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