Shaun White interview on ‘Last Call: Carson Daly’ (video)

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Two-time Olympic halfpipe champion Shaun White has hit just about every Los Angeles media stop in promoting his Air & Style event this weekend.

On Thursday, White was on NBC’s “Last Call: Carson Daly” to discuss not only his Air & Style venture but also his lack of sports knowledge, the origin of his name and the Sochi Olympics, where he finished fourth.

White, 29, has said repeatedly since at least September 2014 that he plans to compete at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Games. He said the Beijing 2022 Winter Games are also possible, according to a New York Times story published Thursday.

White was the oldest U.S. Olympic men’s halfpipe snowboarder at the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics and, in 2018, would be older than any previous U.S. Olympic men’s halfpipe snowboarder. The sport debuted at the Olympics in 1998.

White has competed twice since Sochi, finishing fourth at the 2015 Winter X Games and winning the Dew Tour Mountain Championships on Dec. 12.

White said he was uninvited from the Winter X Games Aspen last month, he believes due to “constructive criticism” about the event made last fall. An X Games official said White was not uninvited, but rather not invited to begin with. Had White finished in the top three last year, he would have received an automatic invite. The X Games haven’t detailed why White was not invited.

White’s coach said before Aspen that White would compete at Winter X Games Oslo next week, but after deliberations White will not compete in Oslo, despite outright qualifying for the event, according to The New York Times.

In this 90-minute podcast recorded last week and published Thursday, White also discussed many topics, including turning down his own bobblehead and fragrance and why he admires tennis legends Andre Agassi and Bjorn Borg.

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*Clarification: An earlier version of this article reported that White was uninvited from the X Games. An update reflects the X Games’ stance that White was not invited to begin with.

World Alpine Skiing Championships on for 2021 after request to delay rejected

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GENEVA (AP) — A request by the organizers of next year’s skiing world championships in Italy to postpone the event by one year was rejected Thursday by the International Ski Federation.

FIS ruled that the event will go ahead from Feb. 9-21, 2021, in Cortina d’Ampezzo — the highlight of an Alpine season that faces challenges to find safe protocols for international travel and attending races in Europe, North America and China.

The Veneto region of northern Italy was hit hard by the coronavirus and the season-ending World Cup races in Cortina in mid-March were canceled. That week-long event was to be a test for the 2021 worlds.

“The last month of efforts to come to this solution demonstrates the strong collaborative spirit of the ski family and stakeholders.” FIS president Gian-Franco Kasper said.

Organizers in Italy have said they expect losses of about 30 million euros ($34 million) if the worlds are also canceled. They asked for a postponement to March 2022, which would be only weeks after the Beijing Olympics.

“But we will be ready in any case and we will show that these world championships can change the history of a region despite the current difficulties,” Alessandro Benetton, president of the Cortina organizing committee, said in a statement.

Italian racer Sofia Goggia, the 2018 Olympic downhill champion, said she was “happy for Cortina because it will host the first major international event after the coronavirus epidemic.”

Cortina, which hosted the 1956 Olympics, will co-host the 2026 Winter Games with Milan and use the worlds as a showcase for the resort.

The women’s World Cup downhill on the Olympia delle Tofane course each January is one of the most scenic in the sport with a signature jump between tall outcrops of jagged rock.

The Dolomites venue was awarded the 2021 worlds by FIS after missing out as a candidate four straight times from 2013-19.

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Russia track and field athlete clearance frozen due to unpaid fine

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MONACO (AP) — The program allowing Russian track athletes to compete internationally will be frozen because the country’s federation failed to pay a fine on time, World Athletics said Thursday.

The Russian track federation, known as RusAF, owes a $5 million fine and another $1.31 million in costs for various doping-related work and legal wrangles. World Athletics said RusAF missed Wednesday’s deadline to pay.

World Athletics said it would freeze the work of the Doping Review Board, which vets Russian athletes who want the “authorized neutral athlete” status that allows them to compete internationally, and its taskforce monitoring RusAF’s anti-doping reforms.

World Athletics said both bodies will be “put on hold” until its council meets to discuss the situation at the end of July.

“RusAF is letting its athletes down badly,” World Athletics president Sebastian Coe said in a statement. “We have done as much as we can to expedite our ANA process and support RusAF with its reinstatement plan, but seemingly to no avail.”

RusAF president Yevgeny Yurchenko earlier told the Tass state news agency that his federation’s finances were damaged by the coronavirus pandemic and that it had asked for more time to pay.

World Athletics’ statement didn’t directly address that issue, but said Russia hadn’t indicated when it would pay.

Russia was fined $10 million by World Athletics in March, with $5 million suspended for two years, after the federation admitted to breaking anti-doping rules and obstructing an investigation.

The Athletics Integrity Unit said fake documents were used under the previous management to give an athlete an alibi for missing a doping test.

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