Hagen Kearney, Olympics Snowboarder, Accused of Using Racial Slur

Olympic snowboarder Hagen Kearney has been accused of "routinely and continuously" using racial slurs by a former teammate.

Callan Chythlook-Sifsof, who competed at the Winter Olympics in 2010, alleged on Instagram that Kearney used the n-word "intentionally to get under my skin" when they were both on the U.S. team in 2014.

Kearney, 30, is representing the United States at the Winter Games in Beijing this week. Newsweek has contacted him for comment on the allegations.

Chythlook-Sifsof, 32, wrote on Instagram: "Since day 1 of making the team, Hagen Kearney had routinely and continuously used the n-word (as a norm) but intentionally to get under my skin.

"After battling with Hagen about the use of the word all of 2014 (in front of US Team athlete/staff) it came to a head at the last Olympic qualifier in Canada."

According to Chythlook-Sifsof, Kearney then remarked that "Kanye West gives Black people a bad name."

At one point, she said, Hagen "cupped his hands to his mouth and yelled the n-word on repeat about 20 times as we walked."

Chythlook-Sifsof added that Kearney "got 6 inches from her face" and then followed her up a stairway when she walked away. She has also accused him of making rape jokes.

A spokesperson for U.S. Ski & Snowboard, the sport's national governing body, told USA Today on Friday: "The concerns regarding Hagen were dealt with at the time and appropriate action was taken."

Hagen Kearney
Hagen Kearney attends a press conference ahead of the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on February 8, 2018. He has been competing in Beijing this week. FLORIAN CHOBLET/AFP via Getty Images

Chythlook-Sifsof has also accused U.S. snowboarding coach Peter Foley of inappropriate behavior, alleging that he had "taken naked photos of female athletes for over a decade."

She claimed that Foley had made an explicit comment to her about another woman's appearance in 2014.

Foley has denied the accusations and told Newsweek he was "surprised by them."

He said: "I'm surprised by the allegations. I vehemently deny the allegations. I'm doing my best to concentrate on supporting the athletes at the Olympics."

A U.S. Ski & Snowboard spokesperson said the organization was "aware of the recent allegations" and told Newsweek it takes "these very seriously and these are being investigated."

In another post, Chythlook-Sifsof wrote: "This is the truth. I will not carry this stuff around anymore, there was bizarre behavior across the board.

Callan Chythlook-Sifsof
Callan Chythlook-Sifsof speaks to the media ahead of the Winter Olympics on February 10, 2010, in Vancouver, Canada. Her allegations are being investigated by U.S. Ski & Snowboard. Jamie Squire/Getty Images

"The people I've named have overtly behaved toxically but the truth is the culture on the team protected this behavior. Things have been normalized that are not okay.

"Other athletes have in engaged in racist, misogynist behavior, actively participated in the strange dynamics that Peter Foley created and caused female athletes/staff to be victims of sexual violence. I was told by other athletes that I 'made the van ride awkward for everyone' in 2014 with Hagen."