Oh. The. Agony. Oh. The. Poor. Mistreated. People.
Would someone please bitchslap the Russian and Korean delegations? They surely do need it right now.
The fun part was the Korean press conference in which they asserted that the medal should go to the person who crossed the line first, and not the most photogenic or predestined one or something like that. Leaving aside the fact that I mostly agree with them ... People, it's short track speed skating. Outside the individual sports federations and the families and friends of the competitors ... nobody cares. Really. It's just not that big a deal.
That aside, according to commentary, when you race in short track, you apparently have to sign an agreement stating that you will abide by rules regarding "race calls" by the referee. There IS no right of protest, no means for filing an appeal of such calls.
As for their threats to take their toys ... er, pardon, their athletes and go home ... fine. Go. It's been nice. Of course, it would be a slightly more meaningful threat if there were more than just two days of competition left, and if they were actually doing it before the big Russia-US hockey game. And despite the fact that the figure skating mess did not actually hurt the Russians -- they did not have to forfeit their gold medal -- the Russians are still in a snit over that.
The general thinking is that the Russians are trying to place pressure on the figure skating judges at tonight's womens event, and on the referee in tomorrow's hockey game. I don't know about hockey, but figure skating judges tend to get awfully bloody-minded when you put that sort of overt public pressure on them. It's not likely to be all that helpful, especially since there are very few judged events left. In fact, there are very few events left. Really, Russia and Korea just need to get a grip.Posted by iain at February 21, 2002 09:04 PM