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U.S. Olympic snowboard jitney investigated for allegations of sexual misconduct, racism

Former Olympic snowboarder Callan Chythlook-Sifsof made the allegations in a series of posts on Instagram over the concluding 4 days well-nigh coach Peter Foley

ZHANGJIAKOU – A U.South. snowboard coach denied on Saturday allegations of inappropriate behave fabricated by a former Winter Olympian, while an American competitor issued a statement albeit past employ of a strong racial slur but denying other allegations.

U.S. Ski and Snowboard said it was investigating allegations made by former Olympic snowboarder Callan Chythlook-Sifsof in a series of posts on Instagram over the last iv days about coach Peter Foley.

Reuters could not reach Chythlook-Sifsof. Reuters could not independently ostend or deny her allegations.

Foley strongly denied the allegations, speaking to reporters after his team’s snowboard cantankerous win at the Beijing Winter Olympics.

“I was totally surprised by the allegations,” Foley said. “I vehemently deny the allegations.

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“I’ve been doing my best to concentrate on supporting the athletes at the Olympics.”

Separately, Hagen Kearney, a current U.S. snowboard cantankerous competitor, issued a statement on his Instagram account on Saturday, proverb he had used the Northward-word in what he called a “joking context” in an argument during a van ride while he was around Chythlook-Sifsof in December 2013 to aggravate her.

He chosen it an act of “utter stupidity and icky behavior” on his part and said he had immediately regretted what he had done.

Chythlook-Sifsof is of Yupik/Inupiaq Eskimo heritage and grew up in Alaska.

U.S. Ski and Snowboard said the concerns regarding Kearney were dealt with at the time and said appropriate activity was taken.

“The coaches were prompty informed of what happened and I faced being let get from the The states Team,” Kearney wrote, adding that he had apologised to Chythlook-Sifsof for it at the time.

He denied other allegations contained in Chythlook-Sifsof’s post.

“At no point during this case did I simulated punch at her, follow her, shout the North-give-and-take repeatedly, and I have certainly never fabricated rape jokes while being on this team, but I am all the same aback about using that give-and-take to this day,” he said.

Reuters could not immediately reach Kearney for comment.

U.Due south. Ski and Snowboard said in a statement it had been made aware of recent allegations about motorcoach Foley.

“Nosotros take these allegations very seriously and the allegations are beingness investigated,” information technology said.

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The United States Olympic & Paralympic Commission said in a statement information technology had followed protocol.

“Our policy is that all instances of abuse are reported to U.Due south Center for Safesport,” the committee said in a argument on Saturday. (Reporting by Reuters Olympics staff Editing past Ken Ferris and Frances Kerry)