U.S. figure skater Gracie Gold apologized on Twitter after a tweet mentioning Japanese figure skater Mao Asada with language that could be considered offensive was posted and deleted Sunday.
Gold tweeted, “Onry one more sandwrich!” #mao #asada followed by an Instagram link on Sunday. Gold was tweeting after finishing fourth at the NHK Trophy in Tokyo, an event won by the 2010 Olympic silver medalist Asada.
The tweet was deleted, and, four minutes later, this tweet was posted:
Gold removed the first tweet “after realizing it could be misinterpreted,” according to the Chicago Tribune, citing Gold’s agent.
Gold’s account posted apology tweets after returning to Los Angeles from Japan on Monday evening.
The playful video mentioned is “THE ICE 2013 – ONE MORE SANDWICH” from the YouTube account of U.S. ice dancers Alex and Maia Shibutani where Asada says, “Hey guys, only one more sandwich.”
Gold, 18, is the reigning U.S. silver medalist and a favorite for one of three women’s singles spots on the U.S. Olympic Team to be chosen after the U.S. Championships in Boston in January.
Home sweep for Japan at NHK Trophy
Canada beat the U.S. for the 39th time in 43 games in World Hockey Championship history, 5-1 in the biggest rout between the two rivals since 1997 in their Worlds opener in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Friday.
NHL players Brad Marchand, Taylor Hall, Matt Duchene, Brendan Gallagher and Boone Jenner scored for Canada, which came back from a 1-0 deficit.
The U.S. had New Jersey Devils backup Keith Kincaid in goal. Canada started Edmonton Oilers No. 1 Cam Talbot, who allowed a first-period goal to Patrick Maroon.
The U.S., bronze-medal winner in 2013 and 2015, and reigning World champion Canada are in the same eight-team group at Worlds.
The top four teams in each group advance to the quarterfinals that begin May 19.
The U.S. next plays Belarus on Saturday. Full NBC Sports broadcast coverage information of Worlds is here.
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Lindsey Vonn continued her offseason tour by sailing with Oracle Team USA, winner of the last two America’s Cups, in the Hudson River in New York City on Thursday.
That came one day after Vonn joined Tom Brady, Jordan Spieth and Vanilla Ice at an Under Armour party in Baltimore.
Vonn is next expected to hit Louisville for this weekend’s Kentucky Derby.
NBC Sports will present live coverage of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series from New York at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday (NBC Sports Live Extra) and Sunday (NBCSN, Live Extra).
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