- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Shaun White won gold in the men’s snowboarding halfpipe Tuesday at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang for his third career Olympic gold medal, but faced questions from reporters after his final run about a 2017 sexual harassment settlement.

A woman who played in White’s rock band alleged sexual harassment that included him repeatedly touching her inappropriately, making her watch pornography and withholding wages due to her after he fired her.

“I’m here to talk about the Olympics, not gossip and stuff,” White told reporters when asked about the settlement. “I don’t think so.”

The red-haired American nicknamed “The Flying Tomato” scored a 97.75 on his final halfpipe run to vault from silver- to gold-medal position over Japan’s Ayumu Hirano. The run included multiple 1440-degree revolutions.

Some Olympics fans felt the allegations should preclude White from competing in the Games:

USA Today columnist Christine Brennan made a further observation:

Other contest that because the case was settled, it should remain in the past.

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