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Summit Daily News chastised for running news about Chad Otterstrom’s drug testing suspension

I was really disappointed to hear that the Summit Daily News has participated in the so-called “news” about Chad Otterstrom.

What right do you have to print an article with information that is wrong? You even called Chad and he told you not to submit the article about his suspension from snowboard competition because the information was misleading, and you insisted on still putting in the paper anyway.

Chad has helped make Breckenridge one of the most popular mountains in the nation because of his snowboarding abilities and choice to reside in the town.

And some how you have decided to forget about that and just accuse him of taking drugs. I have known Chad for more than five years and have been his roommate for two years, and I know that Chad doesn’t take drugs.

He may have tested positive for a banned substance, but it is a substance for which he has a prescription.

So what right do you have to add to the news of an article that makes him look like a serious drug user? Half of the kids in the world wouldn’t pass the test if prescription drugs are considered banned drugs in urine analyses.

But obviously no one thought of that. The news these days seems to take every opportunity to make a professional athlete look bad, without thinking or even researching the information to see if the facts are true. Put yourself in his shoes and see how you would feel.

His friends, family and role models all think he does drugs, with help from your newspaper and others across the world. I know Chad is outraged and very hurt by the community, a place he has lived in for more than seven years, supported and even made a better place by attracting more people here just because of his name.

Way to say thank-you to Chad, Summit Daily. You just defamed one of the biggest role models in snowboarding with information that is false. Way to help in making kids everywhere think that the guy they look up to in snowboarding takes drugs.

I think that you owe him a public apology. You owe his family an apology, too. I know that any person who has read this article and knows Chad is just as upset as I am. Chad is one of my best friends and doesn’t deserve this from anyone, especially from his local newspaper. You owe him an apology.

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