The short track speed skater most folks in Korea love to hate after the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City has incensed them again at the Vancouver Winter Olympics according to an article in the Korea Times today:
For South Koreans, the name Apolo Anton Ohno doesn’t ring the most pleasant memories. And Ohno made a comment that made South Koreans bristle.
Ohno won a silver medal at the men’s 1,500-meter short-track final at the Winter Olympics on Saturday in local time in Vancouver as two South Korean gold favorites—Sung Si-bak and Lee Ho-suk—crashed into each other in their final stretch toward the finish.
The incident made Ohno, who was trailing behind them, grab the silver medal.
Ohno’s rough manner of playing the match, pointed out by South Korean short track skater Lee Jung-soo, who won the gold in the same event, incensed Koreans.
But what earned him notoriety was a comment he made after the game.
Exhilarated Ohno revealed in an interview after the awarding ceremony that he was actually hoping that there was disqualification of the other athletes who were racing ahead of him all three South Korean athletes, according to Yonhap News Agency, which cited the interview transcripts posted on “INFO 2010,” a web site managed by the winter sports organizing committee.
Hmm…sounds to me like some poor losers.
Read the rest of the article here.