AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Slutskaya skated third and not many saw her morning performance. No resolution for Nardiello: Suspended coach Tim Nardiello and the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation were in an arbitration hearing for nine hours Wednesday with no resolution. The sides will resume their hearing today, and could continue into Friday if necessary. Neither Nardiello – who is seeking reinstatement as the national skeleton team coach – nor the federation made any public statement about the closed-door session, with both sides saying they will withhold comment until the arbitrator issues a ruling. Nardiello was placed on paid administrative leave by the USBSF on Dec. 31, after slider Felicia Canfield and the mother of 2002 Olympic gold medalist Tristan Gale both wrote the federation and accused the coach of sexual harassment. Snowboard star’s comeback over: Snowboard legend Shaun Palmer’s inspirational comeback from a near-fatal drinking and drug episode last year ended Friday in Kronplatz, Italy, when he tore an Achilles’ tendon. Irina Slutskaya captured the short program Wednesday, putting the Russian in position to win and overtake Katarina Witt and Sonia Henie with her seventh title at the European Championships. Slutskaya skated early but her score of 66.04 points held up for nearly five hours. Russia’s Elena Sokolova was second at 60.88, followed by Switzerland’s Sarah Meier at 60.87. The long program is today. If Slutskaya wins, she will break the European record she shares with Witt and Henie, two of figure skating’s greatest names. “I don’t think about it,” Slutskaya said. “It is still a hard competition; I just want to give my best. It is not the reason why I’m coming here. ” Palmer, 37, was injured while performing a banked turn during a World Cup snowboardcross qualifying heat. Palmer, of South Lake Tahoe, will miss next month’s Turin Games, which begin Feb. 10. “I could hear it rip,” Palmer said of the tear. “I just collapsed and my Olympic dreams were over. It was more heartbreaking than anything in my career.” One of the most famous extreme sport athletes, he was poised to become a mainstream star at the Winter Olympics. After a six-year hiatus, Palmer was trying to qualify in snowboardcross, which is like motocross on snow. Also known as SBX, the event is making its Olympic debut in Italy. Before the injury, Palmer was expected to be one of four men nominated to the American team, U.S. snowboarding coach Peter Foley said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!