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Shaun White apologizes for referring to sexual harassment lawsuit as 'gossip'

14 February 2018

American snowboarder Shaun White has won Winter Olympics gold for a historic third time in the snowboarding halfpipe, besting the field in Pyeongchang with a phenomenal 97.75 score in his final run and becoming the first person to win a trio of gold medals in the sport.

White started the competition with great confidence, having come through qualifying with a near ideal score of 98.50, and he continued to set the benchmark high for his rivals as he led after the first run by posting a 94.25 effort that included jumps as high as five and-a-half metres with added technical difficulty. She had already secured gold with her first run, nailing a backside air, frontside 1080, cab 720, frontside 90, McTwist and frontside inverted 720, according to NBC Olympics.

White was the last to go on Tuesday, and he sat in second place behind Japan's Ayumu Hirano going into his final run.

Podladtchikov was unable to compete in PyeongChang due to a recent injury, but there were two other riders considered to be White's biggest challengers at these Olympics: Japan's Ayumu Hirano and Australia's Scotty James.

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There were no flawless scores and no arguments about judging as the world's greatest snowboarder and his young contemporary left Scotty James with a halfpipe bronze medal at the Winter Olympics. Scott Blackmun, chief executive of the US Olympic Committee, paid tribute to the Americas Winter Games champions over the years, starting with speed skater Charles Jewtraw at the inaugural edition in 1924. "I'm truly sorry that I chose the word gossip", he told Today later that afternoon.

White's PyeongChang run is short with halfpipe competition beginning on February 13 and the medal finals running the following day.

This shouldn't be a problem for White, who has finished with the top score in his qualifying heat in each of his three Olympic games, per Sports Reference. "It was a poor choice of words to describe such a sensitive subject in the world today, and I'm just truly sorry, and I was so overwhelmed in just wanting to talk about how unbelievable today was and share my experience".

White put together a dazzling first run at warm, slushy Phoenix Snow Park, throwing a 1440 early on and building from there. "It's been a long journey to get to this point", White told Eurosport. "But I don't think so", he said, speaking at the Pyeongchang Games. White won gold in 2006 and 2010.

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Shaun White is golden again. He finished fourth in the same event at the 2014 Winter Olympics, and required 62 stitches after slamming his face into a superpipe while training in New Zealand back in October.

"I really do think I could be competitive".

"Oddly enough, I was a little nervous", White said.

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Shaun White apologizes for referring to sexual harassment lawsuit as 'gossip'