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The fall from grace always seems a little more tragic when it involves the more theatrical sports. The juxtaposition between beautiful costumes full of sequins and color seems so harsh compared to prison orange and a makeup-less mug shot. Former American figure skater Nicole Bobek is no exception. Dubbed as America's best chance for Olympic Gold in 1998, Bobek will now be serving five years probation for charges stemming from her crystal meth case, reports MSNBC.
Looking at her mugshot, Bobek commented, "It was very sureal. When I look at it now I was in a complete haze and you can see that. I was not under the influence when the picture was taken, but I was absolutely a different person." The photo of the skater shows the toll that years of drug and alcohol abuse took on Bobek. During her skating prime, Bobek's barbie-doll looks helped her to rake in $300,000 a year in endorsement deals. Hardly recognizable in her 2009 mugshot, Bobek tells MSNBC that she has been drug-free for thirteen months now.
The 32 year-old pled guilty to conspiring to distribute crystal meth and will serve five years probation, pay a $2,500 fine, and work 250 hours of community service. Bobek views her punishment as an opportunity, "I've been given a chance to make a difference, and hopefully help others who suffer from addiction problems; do benefits, get back on the ice, and continue with my treatment and do everything I need to do to change my life around," adds MSNBC. In not sentencing Bobek to prison time, the New Jersey Judge is hoping that Bobek will put her sentiments to action.
A conspiracy charge is a separate crime from the offense itself. Conspiracy has to do with the planning and preparation of individuals to commit an illegal act -- in this case the conspiracy Bobek is charged with is in planning to sell crystal meth. Nicole Bobek will be skating on some thin ice for the next five years, as the judge in this case already warned her of the consequences of breaking probation.