Shaun White’s victory news conference in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on Wednesday evening wasn’t all golden and good news.
Hours after winning the men’s halfpipe at these 2018 Winter Olympics, White talked about the emotions of rebounding from a slump and a bad crash to capture the third gold medal of his career. He talked about his third run of the day, when he landed back-to-back 1440s for the first time in his life.
U.S. Alpine skier Tommy Biesemeyer injured his right ankle during training Wednesday and won’t be able to compete in the downhill.
Teammate Ryan Cochran-Siegle will take Biesemeyer’s place in the downhill Thursday at the Jeongseon Alpine Center.
“I wonder why this happens,” Biesemeyer said in a statement. “It is hard to not think if there is a deeper meaning to it all. 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.”
The reservoir of tears that welled up in the eyes of Maame Biney started to roll down her cheeks.
“I just have to wait four more years to be able to get back to this big stage, so I can’t wait until those four years,” she said, brushing aside a tear on the left side of face.
There will be no gold in Biney in her first Olympics — or medal of any color. The always-smiling 18-year-old short track speedskater was eliminated from her signature race in the 500 meters in the quarterfinal round Tuesday night in Gangneung Ice Arena, finishing last in her four-woman heat.
American luger Emily Sweeney avoided serious injury in a frightening crash that knocked her out of the Pyeongchang Olympics on Tuesday during the final heat of the competition.
The diagnosis was that Sweeney had only some bumps and bruises."I'm OK," Sweeney said.
Sweeney lost control around Curve 9, the track's most treacherous spot, and then began careening all over the track. She wound up sliding feet-first up one curve toward the track roof before getting thrown from her sled and eventually tumbling to a stop.
American teenager Maame Biney has been eliminated from the 500 meters in short-track speedskating.
Biney landed in a tough quarterfinal that included former world champion Fan Kexin of China. The 18-year-old from Virginia trailed throughout after trying to go for the lead early and getting crowded out by Fan and Sofia Prosvirnova of the Olympic Athletes from Russia. She finished fourth in her heat with a time of 44.772 seconds.
Only the top two in each heat advance to the semifinals later. Biney still has another event left in Pyeongchang, as she also qualified for the 1,500 meters