While you were sleeping: Shaun White says sexual harassment allegations are ‘gossip’

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While you were sleeping

WHITE RESPONDS TO ALLEGATIONS
Shaun White, who won Olympic gold in halfpipe, said on Wednesday at his gold-medal news conference the sexual allegations against him were “gossip”

A former bandmate accused him of harassment in a 2016 lawsuit and they reached an undisclosed settlement in May 2017. White admitted at the time to sending the explicit texts mentioned in the lawsuit, but claimed the woman was a former friend who was trying to ruin his career.

When White won the gold in halfpipe on Wednesday, the issue came up again. One reporter asked if he thought the incident would ruin his reputation. He didn’t go into much detail, but replied: ““I’m here to talk about the Olympics, not gossip and stuff,” adding, “I don’t think so.”

DUHAMEL, RADFORD SIT IN THIRD
Even in what might be the deepest pairs figure skating field in Olympic history, there is separation at the top — even on ice, the cream rises — and Canadians Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford will have to be that much better one last time.

They were just good enough for third place in the short program on Wednesday. Good, but not great, as Radford put it so succinctly, after he and Duhamel lost synchronization on their side-by-side triple Lutzes. It all comes down to the long program on Thursday night. – Dan Barnes

IT’S…WINDY AGAIN
No one can escape the wind at these Olympics – it’s destroyed the women’s alpine schedule, now that the women’s slalom has been postponed to Friday. This is the third straight day events have been cancelled because of weather.

Delays are complicating an already packed competition schedule and mean that some athletes will be sometimes be forced to compete twice in one day.

In Gangneung, the city hosting Olympic skating events, organizers took to loudspeakers to urge pedestrians to go inside and take shelter from the wind. They also cancelled general admission to Olympic Park over safety concerns.

Can’t-miss events

Figure skating: Pairs free skate
8:30 p.m. (TSN5); 10 p.m. (TSN, joined in progress); 11 p.m. (TSN4, joined in progress)
The Canadians are sitting in a comfortable position after the short program, but nothing is guaranteed on Thursday. Also worth watching: The North Korean pair of Tae Ok Ryom and Ju Sik Kim wowed the crowd on Wednesday. What do they have planned for the free program?
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Alpine skiing: Men’s downhill
9 p.m.(CBC)

This event was postponed for four days due to furious winds, but the reason to watch hasn’t changed. 34-year-old Canadian Manuel Osborne-Paradis is on the downswing of his career, but he flashed medal potential by winning the first of three training runs last week.

Women’s hockey: Canada vs. U.S.
10 p.m. (CBC)

The greatest (and, really, the only) rivalry in women’s hockey resumes in the final game of …read more

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