5 Things You Need To Know Wednesday

USA's Shaun White celebrates after winning the men's snowboarding halfpipe finals at Pheonix Snow Park Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.(Photo: Laurent Salino/Agence Zoom, Getty Images)

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The red, white and blue make Olympic history in Pyeongchang

Shaun White's dad had never seen his son cry, until now. White needed a near-perfect run to win the men's snowboard halfpipe event, and the Flying Tomato delivered to win his third Olympic gold medal and the United States' 100th all-time in the Winter Olympics. White cemented his snowboarding legacy, but sexual harassment allegations against him may tarnish his reputation. Meanwhile, Mikaela Shiffrin was sidelined once again as the women's slalom was postponed until Friday. In other not-so-great news, a Canadian speedskater is being harassed on social media and a Japanese snowboarder took a nasty fall on the halfpipe. But on the bright side, six medal events will take place Wednesday, including the first men's hockey games.Don't forget to check out how Team USA is faring in the medal count. 

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Peter Penz and Georg Fischler (AUT) react after run
Peter Penz and Georg Fischler (AUT) react after run their second run in luge doubles.  Kevin Jairaj, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenUSA players celebrate a goal against Slovenia.
USA players celebrate a goal against Slovenia.  James Lang, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenUSA forward Jordan Greenway scores a goal against Slovenia
USA forward Jordan Greenway scores a goal against Slovenia goaltender Gasper Kroselj.  David E. Klutho, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenUnited States goaltender Ryan Zapolski during the game
United States goaltender Ryan Zapolski during the game against Slovenia.  David E. Klutho, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenOlympic Athletes from Russia forward Ilya Kovalchuk
Olympic Athletes from Russia forward Ilya Kovalchuk reacts after losing to Slovakia.  Geoff Burke, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenRussian defenseman Andrei Zubarev checks a player from
Russian defenseman Andrei Zubarev checks a player from Slovakia into the bench.  Geoff Burke, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenTobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt (GER) react after their
Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt (GER) react after their second run in luge doubles. They won the gold medal.  Matt Kryger, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenJustin Krewson and Andrew Sherk (USA) compete in run
Justin Krewson and Andrew Sherk (USA) compete in run one of luge doubles.  Matt Kryger, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenEric Frenzel (GER) reacts as he finishes the cross
Eric Frenzel (GER) reacts as he finishes the cross country portion of men's nordic combined.  Rob Schumacher, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenHideaki Nagai (JPN) reacts after the cross country
Hideaki Nagai (JPN) reacts after the cross country portion of men's nordic combined.  Rob Schumacher, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenViktor Pasichnyk (UKR) competes in the ski jumping
Viktor Pasichnyk (UKR) competes in the ski jumping portion of men's nordic combined.  Rob Schumacher, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenA fan goes shirtless while watching the ski jumping
A fan goes shirtless while watching the ski jumping portion of men's nordic combined.  Jeffrey Swinger, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenLukas Klapfer (AUT) competes in the ski jumping portion
Lukas Klapfer (AUT) competes in the ski jumping portion of men's nordic combined.  Rob Schumacher,USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenAkito Watabe (JPN) competes in the ski jumping portion
Akito Watabe (JPN) competes in the ski jumping portion of men's nordic combined.  Rob Schumacher, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenSkaters warm up before the women's speedskating 1000m.
Skaters warm up before the women's speedskating 1000m.  Daniel Powers, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenJerica Tandiman (USA) competes in the women's speedskating
Jerica Tandiman (USA) competes in the women's speedskating 1000m.  Daniel Powers, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenJohn Shuster (USA) reacts during men's curling round
John Shuster (USA) reacts during men's curling round robin play.  Mark Hoffman, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenJohn Landsteiner (USA) throws a stone as Matt Hamilton
John Landsteiner (USA) throws a stone as Matt Hamilton (USA) sweeps during men's curling round robin play.  Mark Hoffman, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenMatt Hamilton (USA) throws a stone as John Landsteiner
Matt Hamilton (USA) throws a stone as John Landsteiner (USA) sweeps during men's curling round robin play.  Mark Hoffman, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenKim Boutin of Canada celebrates winning bronze during
Kim Boutin of Canada celebrates winning bronze during the medals ceremony for the women's short track 500m.  Soobum Im, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenTeam Switzerland celebrates a victory over Sweden.
Team Switzerland celebrates a victory over Sweden.  David E. Klutho, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenA player from Switzerland is tripped up by a player
A player from Switzerland is tripped up by a player from Sweden in a hockey game.  David E. Klutho, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenSwitzerland goaltender Florence Schelling (41) cover
Switzerland goaltender Florence Schelling (41) cover the puck as Switzerland defenseman Nicole Gass (8) and Sweden defenseman Annie Svedin (8) fall on top of her in a hockey game between Sweden and Switzerland.  David E. Klutho, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenSwitzerland goaltender Florence Schelling (41) makes
Switzerland goaltender Florence Schelling (41) makes a save against Sweden forward Emma Nordin (27) in a hockey game between Sweden and Switzerland.  Kelvin Kuo, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenSweden goaltender Sara Grahn (1) cannot stop the puck
Sweden goaltender Sara Grahn (1) cannot stop the puck from going in as Sweden defenseman Emilia Ramboldt (10) and Switzerland forward Phoebe Staenz (88) crash the net in a hockey game between Sweden and Switzerland.  Kelvin Kuo, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenSwitzerland forward Lara Stalder (7) falls to the ice
Switzerland forward Lara Stalder (7) falls to the ice as Sweden defenseman Johanna Fallman (5) and Sweden defenseman Annie Svedin (8) defend in a hockey game between Sweden and Switzerland.  Kelvin Kuo, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenShaun White (USA) reacts after winning gold in the
Shaun White (USA) reacts after winning gold in the mens snowboarding halfpipe final.  Jack Gruber, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenShaun White (USA) reacts after winning gold in the
Shaun White (USA) reacts after winning gold in the mens snowboarding halfpipe final.  Jack Gruber, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenScotty James (AUS) competes in run two of the mens
Scotty James (AUS) competes in run two of the mens snowboarding halfpipe final.  Jack Gruber, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenScotty James (AUS) competes in run two of the mens
Scotty James (AUS) competes in run two of the mens snowboarding halfpipe final.  Guy Rhodes, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenShaun White (USA) reacts after he falls in run two
Shaun White (USA) reacts after he falls in run two of the mens snowboarding halfpipe final.  Jack Gruber, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenRaibu Katayama (JPN) competes in run three of the mens
Raibu Katayama (JPN) competes in run three of the mens snowboarding halfpipe final.  Jack Gruber, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenAnnika Hocke and Ruben Blommaert of Germany compete
Annika Hocke and Ruben Blommaert of Germany compete in the Pairs Short Program.  Robert Deutsch, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenYuto Totsuka (JPN) is attended to by medical personnel
Yuto Totsuka (JPN) is attended to by medical personnel in run two of the mens snowboarding halfpipe final.  Jack Gruber, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenAnna Duskova and Martin Bidar of the Czech Republic
Anna Duskova and Martin Bidar of the Czech Republic compete in the Pairs Short Program.  Robert Deutsch, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenFrom left Marc Kennedy (CAN) , Ben Hebert (CAN) and
From left Marc Kennedy (CAN) , Ben Hebert (CAN) and Brent Laing (CAN) during men's curling round robin play.  Mark Hoffman, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenRaibu Katayama (JPN) falls in run two of the mens snowboarding
Raibu Katayama (JPN) falls in run two of the mens snowboarding halfpipe final.  Jack Gruber, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenAyumu Hirano (JPN) competes in run two of the mens
Ayumu Hirano (JPN) competes in run two of the mens snowboarding halfpipe final.  Jack Gruber, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenPatrick Burgener of Switzerland competes in run one
Patrick Burgener of Switzerland competes in run one of the men's snowboarding halfpipe final during the Winter Olympics at Phoenix Snow Park in Feb 14, 2018; Pyeongchang, South Korea.  Jack Gruber, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenRaibu Katayama competes in run one of the men's snowboarding
Raibu Katayama competes in run one of the men's snowboarding halfpipe final during the Winter Olympics at Phoenix Snow Park in Pyeongchang, South Korea.  Jack Gruber, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenShaun White of the United State shows off his excitement
Shaun White of the United State shows off his excitement after run one of the men's snowboarding halfpipe final at the Winter Olympics at Phoenix Snow Park in Pyeongchang, South Korea.  Jack Gruber, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenMiu Suzaki and Ryuichi Kihara of Japan compete in the
Miu Suzaki and Ryuichi Kihara of Japan compete in the Pairs Short Program during the Winter Olympics at Gangneung Ice Arena in Pyeongchang, South Korea.  Robert Deutsch, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenPaige Conners and Evgeni Krasnopolski of Israel compete
Paige Conners and Evgeni Krasnopolski of Israel compete in the Pairs Short Program during the Winter Olympics at Gangneung Ice Arena in Pyeongchang, South Korea.  Robert Deutsch, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenFeb. 13: Miu Suzaki of Japan flies through the air
Feb. 13: Miu Suzaki of Japan flies through the air during the Pairs Short Program during the Winter Olympics at Gangneung Ice Arena in , 2018; Pyeongchang, South Korea.  Robert Deutsch, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenFeb. 13: Miu Suzaki and Ryuichi Kihara of Japan compete
Feb. 13: Miu Suzaki and Ryuichi Kihara of Japan compete in the Pairs Short Program during the Winter Olympics at Gangneung Ice Arena in Pyeongchang, South Korea.  Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenEkaterina Alexandrovskaya and Harley Windsor of Australia
Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya and Harley Windsor of Australia compete in the Pairs Short Program during the Winter Olympics at Gangneung Ice Arena in Pyeongchang, South Korea.  Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenJohn Shuster of the United States reacts during men's
John Shuster of the United States reacts during men's curling round robin play in the Winter Olympics at Gangneung Curling Centre in Gangneung, South Korea.  Mark Hoffman, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenMatt Hamilton of the United States gets ready during
Matt Hamilton of the United States gets ready during men's curling round robin play in the Winter Olympics at Gangneung Curling Centre in Gangneung, South Korea.  Mark Hoffman, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenKyueun Kim and Alex Kang Chan Kam of Korea compete
Kyueun Kim and Alex Kang Chan Kam of Korea compete in the Pairs Short Program during the Winter Olympics at Gangneung Ice Arena in Pyeongchang, South Korea.  Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenAlexa Scimeca Knierim and Chris Knierim of the United
Alexa Scimeca Knierim and Chris Knierim of the United States take a selfie before the Pairs Short Program during the Winter Olympics at Gangneung Ice Arena in Pyeongchang, South Korea.  Robert Deutsch, USA TODAY Sports>Fullscreen

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    Feb. 22: The Rays traded LF Corey Dickerson to Pirates
    Feb. 22: The Rays traded LF Corey Dickerson to Pirates for RHP Daniel Hudson and a minor leaguer.  Kim Klement, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenFeb. 20: The Rays traded OF Steven Sousa Jr. to the
    Feb. 20: The Rays traded OF Steven Sousa Jr. to the Diamondbacks in a three-team trade.  Jay Biggerstaff, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenFeb. 20: The Diamondbacks traded 2B Brandon Drury to
    Feb. 20: The Diamondbacks traded 2B Brandon Drury to the Yankees in a three-team trade.  Gary A. Vasquez, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenFeb. 17: The Rays trade RHP Jake Odorizzi to the  Twins
    Feb. 17: The Rays trade RHP Jake Odorizzi to the Twins for minor league SS Jermaine Palacios.  Derik Hamilton, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenJan. 25: The Marlins  traded CF Christian Yelich to
    Jan. 25: The Marlins traded CF Christian Yelich to the Brewers for prospects CF Lewis Brinson, 2B Isan Diaz, CF Monte Harrison and RHP Jordan Yamamoto.  Steve Mitchell, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenJan. 19: The Cardinals traded OF Randal Grichuk to
    Jan. 19: The Cardinals traded OF Randal Grichuk to the Blue Jays for minor league RHP's Dominic Leone and Conner Greene.  Jay Biggerstaff, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenJan. 15: The Pirates trade OF Andrew McCutchen to the
    Jan. 15: The Pirates trade OF Andrew McCutchen to the Giants for minor league RHP Kyle Crick and CF Bryan Reynolds.  Charles LeClaire, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenJan. 13: The Pirates traded RHP Gerrit Cole to the
    Jan. 13: The Pirates traded RHP Gerrit Cole to the Astros for 3B Colin Moran, LF Jason Martin, RHP Joe Musgrove and RHP Michael Feliz.  Charles LeClaire, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenJan. 6: The Padres traded 2B Yangervis Solarte to the
    Jan. 6: The Padres traded 2B Yangervis Solarte to the Blue Jays for CF Edward Olivares and RHP Jared Carkuff.  Jake Roth, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenJan. 4: The White Sox traded 2B Jake Peter to the Dodgers;
    Jan. 4: The White Sox traded 2B Jake Peter to the Dodgers; Dodgers traded cash, RHP Joakim Soria and LHP Luis Avilan to the White Sox; the Dodgers traded SS Erick Mejia and RHP Trevor Oaks to the Royals and the Royals traded RHP Joakim Soria and LHP Scott Alexander to the Dodgers.  Denny Medley, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenDec. 20: The Rays traded 3B Evan Longoria and cash
    Dec. 20: The Rays traded 3B Evan Longoria and cash to the Giants for SS Christian Arroyo, CF Denard Span, LHP Matt Krook and RHP Stephen Woods.  Charles LeClaire, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenDec. 16: The Braves traded LF Matt Kemp to the Dodgers
    Dec. 16: The Braves traded LF Matt Kemp to the Dodgers for 1B Adrian Gonzalez, LHP Scott Kazmir, RHP Brandon McCarthy, SS Charlie Culberson and cash.  Jennifer Stewart, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenDec. 16: The Braves traded LF Matt Kemp to the Dodgers
    Dec. 16: The Braves traded LF Matt Kemp to the Dodgers for 1B Adrian Gonzalez, LHP Scott Kazmir, RHP Brandon McCarthy, SS Charlie Culberson and cash.  Mark J. Rebilas, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenDec. 16: The Braves traded LF Matt Kemp to the Dodgers
    Dec. 16: The Braves traded LF Matt Kemp to the Dodgers for 1B Adrian Gonzalez, LHP Scott Kazmir, RHP Brandon McCarthy, SS Charlie Culberson and cash.  David Kohl, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenDec. 16: The Braves traded LF Matt Kemp to the Dodgers
    Dec. 16: The Braves traded LF Matt Kemp to the Dodgers for 1B Adrian Gonzalez, LHP Scott Kazmir, RHP Brandon McCarthy, SS Charlie Culberson and cash.  Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenDec. 15: The Giants traded LHP Matt Moore to the Rangers
    Dec. 15: The Giants traded LHP Matt Moore to the Rangers for RHP Sam Wolff and RHP Israel Cruz.  Kelley L Cox, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenDec. 15: The Phillies traded SS Freddy Galvis to the
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    Dec. 11: The Marlins traded RF Giancarlo Stanton and cash to the Yankees for 2B Starlin Castro, RHP Jorge Guzman and SS Jose Devers.  Kim Klement, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenDec. 7: The Marlins traded CF Dee Gordon to the Mariners
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