Australian snowboard cross athlete Jarryd Hughes has bizarrely refused to address a straightforward question about his teammate and Olympic gold medal favourite Alex "Chumpy" Pullin.
Hughes - who along with Olympic teammates Torah Bright, Scotty James and Belle Brockhoff - have hinted through the hashtag "#teamoutcast" in social media about what they perceive to be funding and support issues in the Australian snowboard team, wouldn't speak about his teammate, a two-time world champion.
Asked simply what Pullin had taught him and what he was like to be around, Hughes said: "no comment".
He repeated it two more times.
Hughes also would not address particulars about what "#teamoutcast" was, other than offering: "We're just a team of riders on World Cup who hang out and like to help each other in World Cup."
The Australian Olympic Committee has rejected the group's concerns, saying that Bright and James had been offered scholarships and that Hughes and Brockhoff were given support commensurate with their results.
Hughes, 18, won his first World Cup event in December.
Pullin said he got on fine with Hughes and was glad to have competition in the group.