Speedskater Bridie Farrell will make her fourth try at the U.S. Olympic Team on December 27 after suffering in silence after years of sexual abuse at the hands of a former coach and mentor. Earlier this year, we counseled Bridie in the difficult going-public process about the abuse.
The ability to overcome adversity is a key attribute any athlete must possess to reach their highest potential. This could not be truer for speedskater Bridie Farrell, a 31-year-old short track racer who came forward in March of this year with sexual abuse allegations against her former coach and Olympic silver medalist Andy Gabel. Immediately following the long-hidden admission, Farrell announced that she would once again make a run for the U.S. Olympic Team, an achievement that has eluded her in three previous attempts.