PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The Latest at the Pyeongchang Olympics (all occasions native):
Shaun White has pushed aside the sexual assault allegations made in opposition to him in a 2016 lawsuit as “gossip.”
White gained his 3rd Olympic gold medal Wednesday within the males’s halfpipe, then was once criticized on social media and wondered in a press convention about allegations made in a lawsuit by means of a former drummer in White’s rock band.
The lady says White sexually confused and refused to pay her. The lawsuit was once settled ultimate May.
White was once requested in a media convention if the lawsuit may tarnish his recognition.
He says, “I’m here to talk about the Olympics, not gossip and stuff.” He provides, “I don’t think so.”
Reporters tried to practice up concerning the lawsuit, however the convention moderator shot them down. White rushed off level as newshounds wondered him concerning the allegations following the convention.
The Olympic girls’s person biathlon has been postponed because of sturdy winds hitting the Alpensia Biathlon Center.
Forecasts are predicting gusts of greater than 15 mph Wednesday evening, making it tough for competition to shoot their rifles.
The tournament has been moved to Thursday, beginning forward of the boys’s person biathlon.
Wind has been an issue all over the Pyeongchang Olympic Games. The girls’s slalom was once additionally canceled Wednesday and spectators have been requested to evacuate the Olympic Park within the coastal town of Gangneung as it was once so gusty. The males’s downhill and ladies’s large slalom have additionally needed to be postponed.
There are sports activities rivalries, after which there is Korea as opposed to Japan. The fierce grudges over historic persecution can’t be untwined from the sports activities for plenty of Koreans, and those feelings shall be entrance and heart Wednesday when a blended group of North and South Koreans performs regional continual Japan in girls’s hockey.
Both haven’t begun to win a sport those Olympics. Both desperately need that win to return in opposition to their loathed rival.
South Korean ahead Choi Ji-yeon says defeating Japan would deliver “much happiness” to the Korean folks as a result of the “bad things that happened with Japan in the past.”
The Korean group has had some difficult video games, and Japan is the favourite. Korea misplaced Eight-Zero to Switzerland on Saturday, after which Eight-Zero to Sweden on Monday. After that sport, Korean avid gamers vowed redemption of their ultimate initial spherical fit in opposition to Japan.
American ski racer Tommy Biesemeyer will omit the boys’s downhill Thursday after hurting his proper ankle whilst coaching. The U.S. ski group stated Wednesday he was once taken to a neighborhood medical institution to obtain remedy and was once launched.
Ryan Cochran-Siegle will take his position within the race.
Biesemeyer stated in a remark: “You are supposed to be optimistic in times like these and say something like, ‘I will come back stronger than ever.’ But I just can’t bring myself to do it. I am honored to have been named to Team USA and walking in the Opening Ceremony is a moment I’ll never forget.”
Officials are asking spectators to evacuate the Olympic Park within the coastal town of Gangneung and take safe haven indoors as a result of sturdy winds.
An announcement in Korean and English advises fanatics to move within for protection Wednesday afternoon. Workers are disassembling tents across the park.
Volunteers are additionally the use of bullhorns to inform fanatics to move within. Many have been queued as much as pass throughout the Samsung development close to the hockey enviornment.
Winds are blowing ceaselessly round 23 mph (37 kph) with stiffer gusts damn and shaking the enormous tent anchored with steel beams in Gangneung.
A media paintings tent was once closed as a result of the gusting winds forward of a girls’s hockey sport between Japan and Korea.
American Emily Sweeney is getting better from a daunting crash that knocked her out of the overall run of the Pyeongchang Olympic girls’s luge festival.
Sweeney was once nonetheless experiencing again ache after Tuesday’s crash, and he or she was once being monitored by means of USA Luge’s scientific workforce. USA Luge says Sweeney is doing neatly and her folks are visiting together with her within the Athletes’ Village.
The Pyeongchang Games have been Sweeney’s first Olympics. Sweeney misplaced keep an eye on round a curve thought to be the observe’s maximum treacherous spot, then careened via a number of extra turns prior to crashing.
The plan is for Sweeney to proceed being checked frequently by means of docs for the following few days. USA Luge says, “Further steps will be taken, if necessary.”
Sweeney does not have some other occasions scheduled on the Olympics.
The winds are so sturdy on the Pyeongchang Olympics that officers are ultimate the media paintings tent outdoor the Kwandong Hockey Center forward of a sport between Japan and Korea.
An legitimate requested newshounds and photographers to transport to paintings places throughout the hockey rink Wednesday for the reason that media tent was once being closed.
Winds are blowing ceaselessly round 23 mph (37 kph) with stiffer gusts damn and shaking the enormous tent anchored with steel beams in Gangneung.
A heavy contingent of media is on the Kwandong Hockey Center for the ladies’s hockey sport between Japan and Korea. The two international locations have an extended and sour historical past.
Switzerland has edged Sweden 2-1 to take the highest spot in Group B of ladies’s hockey on the Pyeongchang Olympics.
The win guarantees Switzerland, the 2014 bronze medalist, will face both Finland or the Russians on Saturday within the quarterfinals.
Phoebe Staenz scored the game-winner at 11:28 of the 3rd duration. Alina Muller additionally had a purpose and an help, and Christine Meier had two assists. Goalie Florence Schelling made 33 saves for an Olympic report together with her 9th occupation win, breaking a tie with Canada’s Kim St. Pierre.
Muller gave Switzerland a 1-Zero lead with a power-play purpose at 13:51 of the second one duration for her tournament-best 6th purpose.
Sweden, which hasn’t medaled since taking silver in 2006 at Turin, tied it with Anna Borgqvist’s power-play purpose at 7:35 of the 3rd.
Staenz scored at the power-play to stay the Swiss undefeated. They beat Sweden to win bronze in 2014.
Next prevent is Tokyo in 2020 for the oompah band Kleintje Pils, aka “the Dutch giants on clogs” on the Pyeongchang Games.
It shall be complete circle in the event that they make it to the Summer Games in two years’ time. The brass band, identified for his or her stirring renditions of classics like Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline,” began out on the 1998 Nagano Games in Japan.
The Dutch already reign ideal at the ice on the speedskating oval and on Wednesday, Kleintje Pils, which interprets to “Small Beer,” took the infield once more.
“Just before leaving for Korea, we studied the song ‘Gangnam Style’ and it has become our biggest hit here,” stated Ruud Bakker, who wields a bass drum. “Koreans may be subdued, but this gets them going.”
Decked out of their orange-striped shirts, informal pants and wood footwear, Kleintje Pils had its first efficiency at a hockey fit. “The fans are different. They raised the roof,” stated Bakker.
The Chinese pair of Sui Wenjing and Han Cong led Russian skaters Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov by means of not up to some extent after the quick program within the Pyeongchang Olympics.
Sui and Han scored a season-best 82.39 issues Wednesday to a panoramic, nearly airy model of the Leonard Cohen music “Hallelujah.” They embraced on their knees because the song got here to an finish, maintaining the pose for a second as the gang roared its approval.
Tarasova and Morozov scored 81.68 issues to a piano concerto by means of Rachmaninov to stay them in rivalry heading into Thursday’s unfastened skate.
Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford of Canada have been 3rd with 76.82 issues. That was once not up to some extent forward of German favorites Aliona Savchenkno and Bruno Massot.
Snowboarder Shaun White has gained America’s 100th Winter Olympic gold medal, throwing down a impressive ultimate run within the males’s halfpipe.
The United States is best the second one nation to win 100 wintry weather golds. It trails Norway, which began Wednesday with 121. Germany is 3rd with 92.
White’s gold was once the fourth for the U.S. in Pyeongchang. The others got here from snowboarders Red Gerard, Jamie Anderson and Chloe Kim. America has gained 14 gold medals in skiing since its Olympic debut in 1998, essentially the most of any nation.
This is White’s 3rd gold medal and primary since 2010. He ranks 3rd amongst Americans in person wintry weather gold medals, trailing best speedskaters Bonnie Blair and Eric Heiden, who’ve 5 each and every.
Snowboarding famous person Shaun White is a three-time Olympic champion.
The American threw down a impressive ultimate run in males’s halfpipe to slide by means of Japan’s Ayumu Hirano. White’s rating of 97.75 was once a marginally higher than Hiramo’s 95.25.
The gold medal is the 100th general gold for the United States within the Winter Olympics, and White is the primary American male to win gold at 3 separate Winter Games.
Australia’s Scotty James took bronze.
The North Korean pairs group of Ryom Tae Ok and Kim Ju Sink have scored a season-best 69.40 issues to in short transfer into 2nd position all through the quick program on the Pyeongchang Olympics.
North Korea’s best pair drew cheers from a big block of uniformly dressed fanatics for even the simplest of components in follow. Then, they well landed their opening triple twist raise, hit a triple toe and throw triple loop, and have been showered in a while with flora from their fanatics.
The couple wearing silver and black and carried out to a canopy of the Beatles music “A Day in the Life” by means of English rock guitarist Jeff Beck. They have been the 10th amongst 22 groups to take the ice throughout the Gangneung Ice Arena and all of the medal contenders have been nonetheless to return.
Still, their rating certified them for the unfastened skate on Thursday.
Japan’s Ayumu Hirano has vaulted previous Shaun White and into first position within the males’s halfpipe ultimate.
The 19-year-old Hirano submit a rating of 95.25 all through his 2nd run to edge previous White. Hirano washed out in his first run however spoke back by means of throwing back-to-back 1440-degree spins all through his 2nd run.
White, making an attempt to turn out to be the primary American to win gold in 3 other Winter Olympics, sat down on his 2nd run to stay in 2nd.
White gets one ultimate shot to surpass Ayumu. White would be the ultimate rider to move within the 12-man ultimate.
Mikaela Shiffrin’s debut on the wind-blown Pyeongchang Olympics has been postponed a 2nd time.
Plans to run the slalom, with Shiffrin protecting her identify from 2014, have now been shelved, one hour after the unique scheduled get started at 10:15 a.m. South Korea time. There have been 3 delays in hope of ready out the sturdy gusts. Now the race shall be held Friday as an alternative.
Shiffrin already had her large slalom race postponed Monday at blustery Yongpyong. That race was once moved to a Thursday slot, when winds are forecast to ease.
That creates a hectic program for the following two days: Two girls’s technical races at Yongpyong and two males’s velocity races at Jeongseon, 30 miles (50 kilometers) away.
Harley Windsor turned into the primary indigenous Australian to compete on the Winter Olympics when the pairs skater joined teammate Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya at the ice for his or her quick program.
Windsor and his Russian-born spouse have been some of the first pairs at the ice, and their overall of 61.55 issues was once simply off their season’s excellent. And it additionally intended an extended wait to determine whether or not they made the minimize from 22 pairs to 16 for Thursday’s unfastened skate.
Windsor says he began to “feel a bit nervous” the evening prior to competing, however he was once pleased with the efficiency. Both of the 21-year-old Windsor’s folks have Australian Aboriginal roots, and his mom Josie was once cheering him on from the stands.
American snowboarder Shaun White is within the lead after one run within the males’s halfpipe ultimate.
The two-time Olympic champion posted a rating of 94.25 all through his opening set, throwing a quadruple-twisting flip early in his run to set the benchmark at Phoenix Snow Park.
Australia’s Scotty James is 2nd after placing up a 92.00. American Chase Josey is 3rd. Japanese famous person Ayumu Hirano washed out at the first run.
Riders get 3 makes an attempt down the slushy halfpipe, which softened in a single day as temperatures rose.
The determine skating program on the Pyeongchang Olympics has resumed with the quick program for the pairs festival, the place the German pair of Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot are the favorites.
There it will be simply as many eyes at the North Koreans.
Security was once slightly tighter at Gangneung Ice Arena on Wednesday than it was once for the group tournament, perhaps as a result of the presence of Ryom Tae Ok and Ju Sink. They have been a powerful 3rd finally month’s Four Continents and positioned 15th finally 12 months’s global championships.
And sure, the North Korean cheerleaders are in attendance.
Other favorites come with Russian pair Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov, two-time global champs Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford of Canada, and Chinese pair Sui Wenjin and Han Cong.
Mikaela Shiffrin’s debut on the Pyeongchang Olympics is in a maintaining trend with a 3rd extend to the ladies’s slalom get started.
Strong winds, and now some secure falling snow, have put the race in danger at the Rainbow route at Yongpyong.
The opening run is now scheduled to start out at 11:45 a.m. South Korea time on Wednesday (nine:45 p.m. at the U.S. East Coast,) after two earlier delays of 15 mins from the unique 10:15 a.m. get started. The 2nd leg may then get started at 2:45 p.m.
Shiffrin, the protecting champion, is because of put on the No. three beginning bib in an 83-racer lineup.
Katie Couric has apologized for announcing that the Dutch are such a success in velocity skating as a result of skates were used as a type of transportation when canals freeze within the Netherlands.
Her commentary all through the Olympics’ opening rite invited some Dutch mockery on social media from individuals who stated the tips was once out of date. The Netherlands embassy to the United States invited Couric to consult with the rustic to peer all the cutting edge techniques the Dutch get round.
Couric past due Monday tweeted her apologies for being on skinny ice together with her feedback.
The veteran anchor stated she was once seeking to salute the rustic’s historical pastime for the game, but it surely did not pop out that means.
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