Shiffrin golden in gi­ant slalom


Amer­i­can Mikaela Shiffrin won gold in the women’s gi­ant slalom in her Pyeongchang Olympic de­but ear­lier to­day.

She used a hard-charg­ing fi­nal run to win her sec­ond ca­reer Olympic gold medal. The 22-yearold Amer­i­can stand­out trailed by 0.20 se­conds head­ing into the last run, but made up ground in no time by pow­er­ing through ruts that had de­vel­oped on the course.

Shiffrin fin­ished 0.39 se­conds ahead of Nor­way’s Ragn­hild Mow­inckel at Yong­py­ong Alpine Cen­ter. Fed­er­ica Brignone of Italy cap­tured bronze, 0.46 be­hind Shiffrin’s com­bined time of 2 min­utes, 20.02 se­conds. First-run leader Manuela Moelgg of Italy wound up eighth.

At the 2014 Sochi Games, Shiffrin won the slalom crown at age 18. She will de­fend that ti­tle to­mor­row.

Canada tops U.S.

Meghan Agosta and Sara Nurse scored in the sec­ond pe­riod and de­fend­ing Olympic cham­pion Canada clinched the top spot in pool play by edg­ing the United States, 2-1, to­day in an early show­down be­tween the dom­i­nant pow­ers in women’s hockey.

Genevieve La­casse made 44 saves, in­clud­ing stop­ping Hi­lary Knight at the post in­side the fi­nal 90 se­conds. Bri­anne Decker hit two posts, the sec­ond in the fi­nal se­conds, be­fore the two ri­vals ended up in a scrum.

Ken­dall Coyne scored the lone goal for the Amer­i­cans.

Canada and the United States are the only coun­tries to ever win gold at the Olympics. The Amer­i­cans won gold in 1998 when women’s hockey joined the Olympics, while Canada is here look­ing for a fifth straight gold medal.

They played eight times last fall through a preO­lympic ex­hi­bi­tion tour and the Four Na­tions Cup. The United States won two of the first three, but Canada now has won five straight against their big­gest, and only, ri­val in the sport.

White apol­o­gizes

Shaun White apol­o­gized after dis­miss­ing the sex­ual mis­con­duct al­le­ga­tions made against him in a 2016 law­suit as “gos­sip” shortly after win­ning his third Olympic gold medal in the men’s half­pipe.

White has been the dom­i­nant snow­boarder for more than a decade, win­ning gold medals in 2006, ’10 and again this year, com­plet­ing a comeback after fin­ish­ing fourth in ’14. As he was com­pet­ing late Tues­day, many on so­cial me­dia resur­faced the details from the law­suit by a for­mer drum­mer in White’s rock band, Bad Things. Lena Zawaideh said White sex­u­ally ha­rassed her and re­fused to pay her wages after he fired her. The law­suit was set­tled in May for an undis­closed amount.

White was asked dur­ing a news con­fer­ence if the al­le­ga­tions might tar­nish his rep­u­ta­tion. “I’m here to talk about the Olympics, not gos­sip and stuff,” he said. “I don’t think so.”

Yes­ter­day, White said on NBC’s “To­day” show he used “a poor choice of words to de­scribe such a sen­si­tive sub­ject.”

“I’m just truly sorry. I was so over­whelmed with just want­ing to talk about how amaz­ing to­day was and share my ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Dutch speed on

Jorien Ter Mors won the gold medal in the 1,000 me­ters and kept the Nether­lands perfect in speedskating with five wins in five races. She set an Olympic record in the 1,000 at 1 minute, 13.56 se­conds, and posted the fastest time any woman has ever skated at sea level over the dis­tance. Nao Ko­daira and Miho Tak­agi, ex­pect­ing to fin­ish 1-2 for Ja­pan, had to set­tle for sil­ver-bronze.

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