We don’t normally put any kind of warnings or disclaimers before any of our articles, but it feels like this topic warrants one.
My goal is to only share the information that’s out there, and not draw any conclusions. I know that’s not what we typically do here at Unofficial Networks, but the subject matter feels too serious for me to attempt any of the silly jokes I normally include in my blogs.
I hope that clears everything up. Let’s get to the story.
Former professional snowboarder Callan Chythlook-Sifsof has taken to Instagram recently to call out the US Snowboard Team, the head coach of the US Snowboard team Peter Foley, and current US snowboarding Olympian Hagen Kearney.
The Instagram post is below. You can click the arrow to the right to read the entirety of the post.
Hagen Kearney has since responded on his Instagram page. He admits to using the ‘N-Word’ one time, but denies some of the claims made by Chythlook-Sifsof in the post above.
Check out that full post from Kearney below:
The posts have sparked conflict online, and others are getting involved. Notably, Trevor Jacob (the former US snowboarder who is accused of intentionally crashing his plane for a YouTube video), has been ridiculing Chythlook-Sifsof in the comments of her posts.
It seems that many of the comments have since been deleted, but Chythlook-Sifsof screenshotted a few and posted the images to her Instagram page.
Check out the comments allegedly left by Trevor Jacob below:
Callan Chythlook-Sifsof has also accused US Snowboard Coach Peter Foley of taking naked photos of female athletes.
She explains further in the post below.
US Ski & Snowboard is currently investigating the claims against Foley and Kearney. Foley has vehemently denied the allegations.
Again, I have no intention of drawing any conclusions on this developing story. My only goal was to inform all of you on what’s going down.
Will this story cause a shake-up in US Snowboard organization? Maybe, but that remains to be seen.
Here’s some background information on the parties involved for context. All info obtained from Wikipedia.
Callan Chythlook-Sifsof (born February 14, 1989) is an American snowboarder who has competed in snowboard cross since 2005. She is from Anchorage, Alaska. In 2006, she was invited to her first Winter X Games competition and won a silver medal in 2011. She won the U.S. National Championships in Tamarack, Idaho in 2007. In 2008 she won the Jeep King of the Mountain World snowboard series in Sun Valley. Her best World Cup finishes were 2nd place in Furano, Japan in 2006 and 2nd place in Arosa, Switzerland in 2011.
It was announced on January 26, 2010, that Chythlook-Sifsof made the 2010 Winter Olympic Team. She placed 21st in the qualifying round and did not advance.
Hagen Kearney (born November 6, 1991) is an American snowboarder who competes internationally. He is from Buffalo, NY.
He competed for the US at the FIS Freestyle Ski and Snowboarding World Championships 2017 in Sierra Nevada, Spain, where he won a gold medal in the men’s snowboard team cross, along with Nick Baumgartner.
He competed for the US at the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang County, Gangwon Province, South Korea, where he placed 13th overall in the Men’s Snowboard Cross.
He is currently competing at the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing.
Trevor Jacob (born August 6, 1993) is an American snowboard cross competitor, extreme sports athlete, aircraft pilot and YouTuber. He represented the United States in snowboarding in the 2014 Winter Olympics. In December 2021, he posted a YouTube video in which he parachutes out of a light aircraft after an apparent engine failure. A number of aviation enthusiasts have questioned the veracity of his claims about the event.
A native of Mammoth Lakes, California, Jacob competed at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He made it to the semi-final of the men’s snowboard cross, where he failed to qualify for the grand final, losing out to compatriot and eventual bronze medalist Alex Deibold by inches; he ultimately finished 9th.
Jacob competed in snowboard cross at the Winter X Games in 2014, 2015, and 2016, with a best finish of 5th place in the 2016 competition.
In addition to snowboarding, Jacob has participated in skateboarding, surfing, BMX riding, motocross and mixed martial arts, and was part of Travis Pastrana’s Nitro Circus collective.