Con­tro­versy sur­rounds White out­side of gold

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By The As­so­ci­ated Press

Amer­i­can Shaun White’s vic­tory news con­fer­ence in Pyeongchang wasn’t all gold­e­nand good news.

Hours af­ter win­ning the men’s half­pipe at these 2018 Win­ter Olympics, White talked about the emo­tions of re­bound­ingfrom a slump and a bad crash to cap­ture the third gold of his ca­reer. He talked about his third run of the­day, when he landed backto-back 1440s for the first time in­his life.

“I just dug deep and made ithap­pen,” he said.

But there were also ques­tions about a sex­ual ha­rass­ment suit filed by Lena Zawaideh, a for­mer drum­mer in his band. The claim, which dates to 2016, has come back­into the news this week.

“Hon­estly I’m here to talk about the Olympics, not gos­sip,”White said.

“I am who I am and I’m proud of who I am,” he con­tin­ued. “And my friends, you know, love me and vouch for me and I think that stands on it­sown.”

When a re­porter tried to fol­low up, U.S. Ski & Snow­board of­fi­cial Nick Alex­akos in­ter­rupted, say­ing: “I think we’re here to talk about the gold medal. If you don’t have an­other ques­tion why don’t you go ahead and pass the mike.”

In an ap­pear­ance later on NBC’s “To­day” show, White apol­o­gized for us­ing the word “gos­sip” in ref­er­ence to the law­suit, say­ing he used “a poor choice of words to de­scribe such a sen­si­tive sub­ject”and he’s “truly sorry.”

Luger still re­cov­er­ing

Amer­i­canEmily Sweeney is re­cov­er­ing from a fright­en­ing crash that knocked her out of the fi­nal run of the women’s luge com­pe­ti­tion. Sweeney was still ex­pe­ri­enc­ing back pain af­ter crash, and she was be­ing mon­i­tored by USA Luge’s med­i­cal staff. USA Luge says Sweeney is do­ing well and her par­ents are vis­it­ing with her in the Ath­letes’ Vil­lage. Sweeney doesn’t have any other events sched­uled atthe Olympics.

U.S. skier out

U.S. Alpine skier Tommy Biese­meyer in­jured his right an­kle in train­ing and wasn’t able to com­pete in the down­hill. Team­mate Ryan Cochran-Siegle took Biese­meyer’s place in the down­hill.

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