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Four women sexually assaulted by Canada’s former national ski coach when they were adolescents said Monday he robbed them of much of their
Genevieve Simard , Gail Kelly, Amelie Frederique-Gagnon and Anna Prchal attended a news conference
more than 20 years after the repeated abuse.
”My childhood was stolen,” Simard said. ”Skiing was my passion. I aspired to great things. I had dreams and skiing was my life. The sexual abuse I suffered
completely destroyed my self-confidence.”
The women won the right last week to be identified after a judge granted their request to lift a publication ban.
Bertrand Charest was found guilty a year ago of 37 of the 57 sex-related charges. He received a 12-year prison term and is appealing both his conviction
and sentence. He was denied bail last year.
The convictions involved nine of the 12 women who accused him of crimes that occurred more than 20 years ago when the victims and alleged victims were
between ages 12 and 19.
Quebec court Judge Sylvain Lepine said the victims were still suffering from what he called ”serious health consequences” from the abuse that took place
between 1991 and 1998.
Kelly said Charest took advantage of her passion for skiing and ”my dream quickly turned into a nightmare.” She said she has three young children and
would never let them compete at the provincial or national level in any sport
under the current structure.
”It is urgent that we put in place a system that allows our children to be safe,” she said. ”I don’t want anyone to go through what I did: being
manipulated, denigrated and belittled.”
”I used to be funny, smiling and very sociable,” she added. ”But because of this manipulator, I became sad and withdrawn and someone who felt like a
complete loser.”
The Portland Trail Blazers fought their way through a pressure-packed playoff race to earn home-court advantage in a series, then lost it in one game.
The Toronto Raptors know that problem all too well Cheap Josh Jackson Jersey , so they want to take advantage of playing from ahead for a change.
They try for their first 2-0 playoff series lead ever Tuesday night against Washington, while the Trail Blazers try to even things up in against the New
Orleans Pelicans.
Boston and Milwaukee play the other Game 2 on Tuesday after the Celtics pulled out a 113-107 overtime victory on Sunday.
The No. 3 Trail Blazers were the highest-seeded team to lose so far, falling 97-95 on Saturday. Anthony Davis was dominant, Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum
were slow-starting, and the Pelicans got a couple big defensive plays down the
stretch from Jrue Holiday to hold on after the Blazers nearly came back from a
19-point deficit.
”I think it puts some pressure on us,” Lillard said. ”You know, you come in with home court, the first two games on your floor and you lose the first one,
and now they’re saying in their locker room we got one Cheap Isaac Yiadom Jersey , why not go get another one. And our job is to defend the home court.
”We’ve got to tighten up, come back sharper, and take care of home floor.”
Toronto had lost Game 1 at home all six times it had home-court advantage in a series, part of an overall 10-game losing streak in series openers, before
beating Washington 114-106 dropped on Saturday. Finally, the Raptors could enjoy
the start of postseason play.
”And for me, this year is finally a year I can be happy watching other games and not be like `Damn, I lost Game 1,”’ point guard Kyle Lowry said.

Some things to know about Tuesday’s matchups:
Toronto leads 1-0. Game 2 , 7 P.M., NBA TV.
NEED TO KNOW: Toronto’s only other 1-0 series lead was in the 2001 Eastern Conference semifinals against Philadelphia, which won Game 2 and ultimately the
series in seven games.
KEEP AN EYE ON: The 3-point line. The Raptors made a franchise-record 16 in the opener, twice as many as Washington for a 24-point advantage behind the
INJURY UPDATE: Raptors reserve Fred VanVleet (right shoulder) went through most of practice Monday after missing the opener but remains day to day. Lowry
was fighting a cold but joked he was ”out tanning” Sunday during an ice
PRESSURE IS ON: Washington’s bench. The Wizards‘ reserves probably aren’t going to win the battle against Toronto’s highly productive second unit, but
need to produce something more after getting next to nothing beyond Mike Scott’s
14 points in the opener.
Boston leads 1-0. Game 2, 8 P.M., TNT.
NEED TO KNOW: Giannis Antetokounmpo has scored 20 or more points in eight straight games against the Celtics after scoring 35 before fouling out in
overtime of the opener.
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and Brian Shaw did it in a 1991 game. Throw in Jayson Tatum’s 19 points, and the
Bucks let too many players get hot in Game 1.
INJURY UPDATE: Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Marcus Smart is getting some shots up and working on lower body and conditioning as much as he can, but has
been told by the training staff that April 27 is the earliest the guard could
begin basketball activity.
”We’re still a ways away from that and a lot of games away from that,” Stevens said.
PRESSURE IS ON: Eric Bledsoe. Milwaukee needs more from its starting guard who had more combined fouls (6) and turnovers (5) than points (9) in a bit of a
Game 1 dud.
New Orleans leads 1-0. Game 2, 10:30 P.M., TNT.
NEED TO KNOW: Anthony Davis had 35 points in the opener and has scored 25 or more in his first five postseason games. He can tie LeBron James for the
second-longest streak to begin a career, behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s 14
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KEEP AN EYE ON: Rajon Rondo. A 17-assist, eight-rebound opener was another reminder of how much the Pelicans’ point guard can elevate his game in the
INJURY UPDATE: Portland’s Maurice Harkless is nearing a return from late-season left knee surgery, but may not be available until later in the
PRESSURE IS ON: The Blazers’ backcourt. Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum combined to shoot just 13 for 41, and their three combined points on 1-for-15
shooting in the first half doomed Portland to a big hole from which it could not

AP Sports Writer Kyle Hightower in Boston and freelance writer Ian Harrison in Toronto contributed to this report.

Posted 11 Aug 2018

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