Snowboarding: I need more air to catch White - Hirano


Shaun White spoke with Savannah Guthrie Wednesday morning saying, "I've grown as a person over the years".

White was asked during a news conference if the allegations might tarnish his reputation.

"I am who I am and I'm proud of who I am and my friends, you know, love me and vouch for me and I think that stands on its own", he added. White rushed off stage as reporters questioned him about the allegations following the conference.

"Man, three gold medals".

The snowboarder was given the flag after his dramatic comeback to win the gold on his final run.

"I'm truly sorry that I chose the word gossip".

"I've had a insane couple of seasons and stood on a lot of podiums but this one's definitely sentimental", said the Australian. "I'm proud of the other riders for pushing me this whole time".

His victory means the United States have won all four snowboarding golds awarded at the Games.

That created a pressure situation for White on his third attempt.

The 31-year-old White trailed Japan's Ayumu Hirano going into the last of the three runs in the 12-man final, but put together a daring set that included consecutive 1440-degree spins.

White tallied a 97.75 to take gold at the final moment, an incredible comeback. "I'm feeling blessed. It means the world to me to come back from Sochi".

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"Here doing it for US again, not only to be an Olympian again, but to be a gold medalist again is unreal".

"My third gold medal at my fourth Olympics", he sighed. She was the only woman in the band.

Zawaideh first sued White and his company in May 2016, alleging breach of contract for lack of payment of her $3,750 monthly retainer from September 2013 until August 2014.

In the lawsuit, Zawaideh said White repeatedly sexually harassed her, forced her to watch pornography and refused to pay her after she was sacked.

"At one point, White stuck his hands down his trousers, approached Zawaideh, and stuck his hands in her face trying to make her smell them".

Demanded she "wear sexually revealing clothes" and cut her hair.

White vigorously denied Zawaideh's initial claims of sexual harassment, but admitted to sending text messages.

White's legal team filed a motion attempting to compel Zawaideh to submit to a mental health evaluation in February 2017, but the parties reached the settlement a couple of months later.

As White was competing, many on social media resurfaced the details from the lawsuit by a former drummer in White's rock band, Bad Things.

He's arguable the most popular American boarder and skater since Tony Hawk.

Shaun White of the USA performs a jump near a picture of himself during the men's snowboard halfpipe qualification round at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor February 11, 2014.