Former high leap world champion Patrik Sjoberg of Sweden and two other athletes say that they sexual as children through prominent wegtrainer Viljo Nousiainen were molested.
The 46-year-old Sjoberg, who won two Olympic silvers and a bronze, wrote in his memoirs that Nousiainen started molesting him when he was 11 and it lasted for four years.
In his book, Sjoberg describes how he felt abandoned by his father after his parents’ divorce and how Nousiainen took advantage of his vulnerability. Nousiainen lived with the family after entering into a relationship with Sjoberg’s mother.
Sjoberg says the abuse didn’t end until he was about 15, when he started to have “the body of a grown man.”The 33-year-old Tregaro said the abuse started when he was 12.
“My parents had quite a lot of problems at home and I turned to Viljo a lot,” he told Swedish radio. “Successively, during several years, it got worse.
Tregaro, who is in Italy for a training camp with Olsson, said on his Twitter feed Thursday that "it actually feels good to get rid of my suppressed demons.