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Olympic ‘big boys’ will deal with trash talk, Canada’s chef de mission says

- February 6th, 2014
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U.S. snowboarder Shaun White adjusts his binding during snowboard slopestyle training at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Rosa Khutor, February 3, 2014. (REUTERS)

SOCHI, Russia – Steve Podborski is willing to cut Canada’s trash-talking snowboarders some slack.
Just not too much.

Canada’s chef de mission at the Olympic Winter Games said he would have preferred Maxence Parrot and Sebastien Toutant not taken American Shaun White to task on Twitter for withdrawing from the slopestyle event because of safety concerns.

Tweeted Parrot: “Shaun knows he won’t be able to win the slopes, that’s why he pulled out. He’s scared!”

“It’s easy to find excuses to pull out of a contest when you think you can’t win,” wrote Toutant.

Podborski said trash talking might be more acceptable in the the brash culture of snowboarding than in the general Olympics milieu.

“If I look at it from the sidelines I see a culture in that world that can be described generously as trash talk,” he said. “Is it something we would endorse? No. Is it something that happens in this world? Yes.

“They’re big boys and I think they are going to be fine at the end of the day. We have a great team that doesn’t need to trash talk.”

chris.stevenson@sunmedia.ca
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