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Was the NBC reporter being disrespectful? Or was 23-year-old speed skater Sven Kramer acting like a prima donna?
Don't know what I'm talking about? Click here for video of a post-race interview between a local NBC reporter and the Dutch long-track speed skater who won the gold medal at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in the men's 5,000-meter speed-skating race.
"I need you to say your name and your country and what you just won here," said the reporter.
"Are you stupid?" he asked.
"For tape identification purposes," she said.
"Hell, no," he answered. "I'm not gonna do that."
Granted, the reporter ought to have known who he was. Kramer is a superstar in the world of speed-skating. According to his page on NBC's Olympics site, "Kramer has won World titles in the 5000m, 10,000m and team pursuit from 2007 to 2009. He holds world record in all three events and also has a 2006 Olympic silver medal in the 5000m." He's one of the best-known athletes in the Netherlands, and he's favored to medal twice more while in Vancouver.
On the other hand, calling a journalist "stupid" wasn't exactly a golden moment for the Olympic champion. He perceived her question as a sign of disrespect, and responded in kind. A sad state of affairs. But then again, athletes are only human (as we know all too well, thanks to Tiger Woods!) and as a result, we have to remember they can't inspire us all the time.
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