Now that the press has published the score sheets from the women’s figure-skating finals in Sochi, the evidence looks sadly compelling: although Adelina Sotnikova's short program and free skate were very strong, biased judging was very likely the decisive factor in denying Kim Yu-na the gold medal.
But there’s a silver lining for Kim: her stature remains undimmed in the skating world and in the eyes of the media. And unlike previous Olympians who’ve been victimized by terrible judging or officiating (e.g. Roy Jones Jr. in Seoul, Shin A-Lam in London), Kim already has a gold medal.
A few closing thoughts on the Sochi Olympics:
1. Outrage in South Korea over Sotnikova’s victory was such that Kim still would have been hailed a national hero if she had pouted, stamped her feet and complained that she was robbed of her rightful place on the podium. But she didn’t do any of that. Instead, the 23-year-old Kim responded to the judging controversy with grace and class, providing a lesson in sportsmanship and humility for a country where athletes, coaches and fans have too often failed to demonstrate either.
2. Russia probably has an incentive to support greater transparency in the Olympic figure skating judging process. Why? There’s a good chance that the 17-year-old Sotnikova and her 15-year-old compatriot Yulia Lipnitskaya will be part of the figure skating team that Russia sends to the next Winter Olympics in 2018. Remember who’s hosting those Games? Notwithstanding the high road taken by Kim, you could already script a pretty good skit for “SNL Korea”: “That’s a really nice figure skating performance you got there. Be a shame if something happened to the score.”
3. South Korea finished the Sochi Games with just three gold medals, half its haul in each of the previous two Winter Olympics. Of course, the country would have racked up a higher tally if it could have included the two individual gold medals won by…
4. …short-track skating star Ahn Hyun-soo. Ahn, a South Korean who competed for Russia as “Viktor Ahn,” enjoyed a remarkably successful Olympics in Sochi, also winning a team gold medal and a bronze medal. South Koreans were supportive of his success, focusing their anger instead on the Korea Skating Union for allegedly driving him away. Ten or 15 years ago, Ahn would have likely been branded a traitor. But last week, a Dong-a Ilbo editorial reacted to his victory in the men’s 1,000-meter final with pride:
His nationality change has emerged as a hot topic of debate in Korea and it was even reported to President Park Geun-hye. Truth needs to be told about this – whether Ahn was the victim of political fights within the skating community or he changed his citizenship for his dream – but we should not be obsessed with the nationality issue…After tireless efforts, he overcame his injury and skated faster than others with excellent skills. This represents the victory of his unwavering will in the face of challenges. We give a round of applause to the short-track “czar” for his comeback.
a Spunky Korean turned 3 today!
두려움을 넘어서는 최선의 방법은 자신이 감추고 싶은 그 두려움을 사람들과 공유하는거야.
척. 척. 척만 하다간 너를 더 다치게 할수 있어..
너의 두려움을 사람들과 공유하는것이야말로 너를 자유롭게 할수 있는거다.
More than 500 students from the Busan University of Foreign Studies were enjoying a freshman orientation party at the Kolon Corp.-owned Mauna Ocean Resort in Gyeongju Monday night when the roof suddenly gave way, killing 10 and injuring more than 100.
Yonhap reports that local authorities believe heavy snow on the roof may have caused the collapse. That’s the sort of lame excuse you used to hear all the time during the 1990s when horrifying accidents occurred in South Korea with sickening regularity.
A Kolon spokesman tells Bloomberg that the company conducts its own safety checks of the resort because it isn’t subject to government inspections. Gee, you don’t say.
That is a joke!!
Watchig RMR via youtube on my smart tv! Pretty fancy, huh!?
“Ideology never says: I am ideological. It is necessary to be outside ideology, i.e. in scientific knowledge, to be able to say: I am in ideology (a quite exceptional case) or (the general case): I was in ideology. As is well known, the accusation of being in ideology only applies to others, never to oneself (unless one is really a Spinozist or a Marxist, which, in this matter, is to be exactly the same thing)." - Louis Althusser
Just survived from my unusually terrible flu. This was one of the most horrible one that I have ever had in my life. In fact, I am telling you I am a type of person who never ever wants to go to a medical clinic or a hospital, and rather tries to be just calm down and laid himself down on a bed to wait for the body to heal itself no matter how long it would take. It is because of the fact that I have…a needle phobia. yeah.. I do… I have to admit that now. In Korea I am pretty sure if you get sick and then go to a medical clinic, I am 100% sure that you will be half naked(?) by a A-zum-ma(mature) nurse and get a shot somewhere on your butt hard before you get your prescription. I just hate that. People here in Korea are very much obsessed with the one shot solution. They keep praising having one shot in your buttock can make you away from those sick flu viruses…
Whenever my mom and wife see me sink exhausted and look haggard even, they say “You fool, you are just keeping your flu worse, One flu shot can finish your suffering!”, “How come you are even more scared of going to a hospital than your 5 year old nephew is? “please Grow up!”
Yeah… anyway..who cares anymore?! I am healthy now..I am telling you I alright now.. I am ok.. I am normal!! I am r..ea…ll….y…. ok!! ….o…k…o…..k…. .. ..o.. ………………k…..
Happy New year, everybody. I wish your new year’s resolutions would be all accomplished! Way to go, year of 2014!!!!