Competition from within

Apparent pettiness within U.S. Speedskating jeopardizes medal chances

Updated: February 11, 2010, 11:31 PM ET
By Melissa Isaaacson | ESPNChicago.com

Nancy Swider-Peltz Sr. has a unique coaching style.

"I coach intuitively," she said. "I need to feel what my skaters feel. I used to actually skate with them to accomplish it."

Swider-Peltz, who lives in Wheaton, Ill., is a four-time Olympic speedskater and former world-record holder who coaches her daughter, Nancy Jr., as well as Brian Hansen of Glenview, Ill.

Swider-Peltz stretches her skaters, massages them and fixes their skates. While on the ice during training, ...

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