Olympics hero Shaun White apologises for brushing off sexual misconduct claims

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White, 31, won his third gold medal this morning in Pyeongchang, South Korea, to add to medals he won in 2006 in Italy and 2010 in Canada.

Numerous users used the hashtags #MeToo and #TimesUp.

Shaun White's latest masterful performance in the halfpipe was barely five hours old. A handful of female reporters apparently were attempting to ask White questions but were all passed over in favor of male reporters.

In the offseason, White also has performed as the frontman in a band called "Bad Things".

Shaun White, a three-time Olympic gold medalist in the halfpipe, may not be celebrating his recent victory for too long, since more attention is being given to allegations of sexual harassment against him.

White: I'm at dinner then have to take an important call.we've just talked about it for a while now and I think it's time.

"I actually did the same trick that injured me here in the half pipe today".

"I found myself in this position that I love. I think that stands on its own".

At that point, a U.S. Ski and Snowboard communications official, who was calling on reporters with questions, could be heard saying "Absolutely".

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"I think we're here to talk about the gold medal and the fantastic day we had today", Alexakos said.

"I'm very proud to be part of team US and be an American", he said.

Alexakos started to respond, but White leaned into the microphone.

Some people may feel disappointment over discovering what kind of person White may be, but that disappointment should not be directed toward his accuser - it should be directed toward White himself.

White previously dismissed the allegations as "gossip", something he apologized for during his interview on the Today Show Wednesday.

"And, you know, I'm just truly sorry".

The first-ever gold medal awarded at the Olympic Winter Games was won by USA long track speedskater Charley Jewtraw on January 26, 1924 in the 500-meter.

The controversy stems from the lawsuit filed by Zawaideh in 2016.

"White sent sexually explicit and graphic images to (Ms) Zawaideh of engorged and erect penises, forced her to watch sexually disturbing videos, including videos sexualising human faecal matter, and made vulgar sexual remarks to her such as, 'Don't forget to suck his balls!' when commenting on her boyfriend". I regret my behavior many years ago and am sorry that I made anyone - particularly someone I considered a friend - uncomfortable. I do better when the pressure's on and I'm at the top, one run to go, the world's watching, my whole family's here, everybody's cheering for me and I put it down.