Watch starting at 4:00 and see if Kim does anything to block Ohno. Ohno makes that gesture but, it doesn't look like Kim did anything to have lost his medal...
Also, this was just another incident....
Unfortunately, it looks like Ohno and the chinese skater kinda bumped into each other (well honestly it looks like Ohno kinda pushes against that Chinese skater), and while trying to get his balance back, Ohno just crashes and knocks out that Korean skater.....
Last edited by berrymuffin; 10-15-2011 at 10:16 PM.
What do you think, seniorita?
Apolo Ohno has a habit of trying to squeeze himself on the inside, sometimes even when there isn't enough space. The above example is one of them, and he actually leans on/pushes the second Canadian skater ahead of him aside and knocks him out. Just after the race is over, Ohno raises his hand and is all smiles like nothing happened and silver is his. He was rightly disqualified. (And yay for Charles Hamelin!)
In the second example, it actually looks to me like the Chinese skater on the outside pushes against Ohno first.
Last edited by prettykeys; 10-16-2011 at 06:10 PM.
Short track is like a horse race - knowing when, where, and how to squeeze through the crowd is a crucial skill. Funny they actually have lanes for long track when only two skaters go head to head. Hmmmm.
The funniest ever winter sport event is when Steven Bradbury of Australia won 1,000Km Gold in 2002 Olympics by being way back as the underdog. But I guess the Chinese, Americans, and especially the Koreans don't think it's so funny as shown in the clip chosen by berrymuffin above.
Another funny one that had me in stitches was a long event so skaters were playing cat and mouse at the beginning with nobody willing to go out fast first. A Korean skater decided to take off and they let him since he was a nobody. He skated away from the pack and ended up tucking himself behind the last place skater and hitching a ride, looking like he was the loser. They gave up on catching up with him and it was an easy and comfortable win for the guy. I just don't remember the event or any names, just the laughs.
Last edited by Violet Bliss; 10-16-2011 at 07:00 PM.
I once saw on TV, a sport of indoor bicyclists on a very small circular track. For a while, they all had to get behind a "pacer," some guy on a black bicycle. Then when the pacer would get off the track, they would all VERY SLOWLY bicycle around each other and stop, strategising about who would go first. Then after a while of cat and mouse, they'd all go to the finish line. There was also only one track.
I don't remember the name of the sport, but it was even more boring than speed skating (sorry speed skating fans). It's like horse racing, or greyhound racing, or Nascar, or swimming, or track and field. They're all so repetitive.
Last edited by brightphoton; 10-17-2011 at 01:36 AM.
Edit: I just noticed the new emoticon so I inserted it into this post.
Last edited by prettykeys; 10-17-2011 at 03:10 AM.
The real reason why Ohno is hated in Korea has more to do with his nationality and background than anything else, which is not too surprising given how over the top Korean nationalism can be. It's seriously off-putting at times, and that's coming from a Korean!
I for one like many Japanese of past or present, but can’t help building some negative bias whenever I find someone like you faking own identity.
Vash01 and Mikemba would welcome you to their club (Of course, they’re just outside observers, one being an American and the other a Scandinavian, both with no whatsoever connection with Japan, as they claim). Hats off to you all, cowards..
BTW, is Ohno popular in the U.S. as a fair player? This inquiry, of course, has nothing to do with his name. I hope you’ve got it by now.
Meeeeeow! Someone's feeling feisty.
In the US, Ohno is a guy who won Dancing with The Stars, who was announced on DWTS as having won Olympic medals, at which people said, "For what? What is that strange short track skating thingie? Did he do a quad?"
They might have seen medal ceremonies & the post interview on the morning news. They probably switched the channel during the actual races.
He also does advertising bits.
Which is why North American people ask, "Why do Korean people hate him?"
We, as a group, don't generally follow short track speed skating.
Last edited by dorispulaski; 10-20-2011 at 09:48 AM.
Short track skating was new to me a few Olympics ago, and on first viewing I remembered thinking, Wow, that's a way for opponents to cut one another to ribbons. It immediately went on my list of sports not to watch, along with football, mixed martial arts, pro wrestling, and anything with cars. It's so aggressive that I don't understand how one person can be considered rougher than any other. They'd all have to be steamrollers to compete. This is the kind of sport that makes me grateful for ice dancing and track and field.
My testimonial about what I think of short track skating.
I like Michael Phelps because I saw him on the cover of Time Magazine wearing nothing but a speedo. I like Apolo Ohno because I saw him in ESPN's Body Issue wearing nothing but ice skates.