GAMES FACES

The Oklahoman - - WINTER OLYMPICS -

ON THE BOARD

The joint Korean women’s hockey team fi­nally scored its first goal of the Olympics, cour­tesy of a pair of Amer­i­cans. Randi Heesoo Grif­fin scored at 9:31 of the sec­ond pe­riod on the Kore­ans’ 33rd shot of the Olympics in their third game. She grew up in Cary, North Carolina, and her mother is from South Korea. Grif­fin was set up for the goal by Marissa Brandt, who now lives in a sub­urb of the Twin Cities in Min­nesota and who is play­ing for the coun­try where she was born. Her birth name is Park Yoon­jung, the name she uses on the back of her Korean team jersey. Grif­fin’s goal led to an erup­tion from the fans fill­ing Kwan­dong Hockey Cen­ter.

HELLO AND GOOD­BYE Har­ley Wind­sor be­came the first in­dige­nous Aus­tralian to com­pete at the Win­ter Olympics when the pairs skater joined team­mate Eka­te­rina Alexan­drovskaya on the ice for their short pro­gram. Wind­sor and his Rus­sian­born part­ner were among the first pairs on the ice, and their to­tal of 61.55 points was just off their sea­son’s best.

WHITE APOL­O­GIZES

Shaun White has apol­o­gized after re­fer­ring to a sex­ual mis­con­duct law­suit filed against him in 2016 as “gos­sip” dur­ing a news con­fer­ence fol­low­ing his his­toric gold medal in the men’s half­pipe. White is­sued the apol­ogy on NBC’s “To­day” show on Wed­nes­day. He said he used “a poor choice of words to de­scribe such a sen­si­tive sub­ject” and he’s “truly sorry.” The snow­boarder’s post-gold news con­fer­ence got con­tentious when re­porters ques­tioned him about the law­suit. Lena Zawaideh, a for­mer drum­mer in his band, claimed in the law­suit White sex­u­ally ha­rassed her, forced her to watch pornog­ra­phy and re­fused to pay her after she was fired. The suit was set­tled last spring.

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