-Olympic Games, Vancouver, British Columbia
Good sportsmanship was officially declared dead last week by miffed figure skater Yevgeny Plushenko, who threw a stiff hissy fit after suffering the ultimate embarassment of winning a mere silver medal at the Olympic Games. Plushenko, who won the gold medal in 2006, had hoped to stay on his throne of entitlement in Vancouver, but was forced to hand his crown over to American winner Evan Lysacek. The pissy Russian begrudgingly accepted the judge’s decision, but not without first taking a sledgehammer to the notion of friendly competition, then spitting all over the remains.
While Plushenko pulled off a technically challenging quadruple jump (with a shaky landing which cost him points), his program lacked the overall artistic merit the judges saw in Lysacek’s performance. But Plushenko, brazenly confident that wobbly execution of ONE difficult jump should have landed him on the gold platform, seized the opportunity to piss all over the judging system, and Lysacek. “I think we need to change the judging system because quad is quad,” the sore loser whined afterward about the totally unrequired element. “If Olympic champion doesn’t know how to jump quad, I don’t know. Now it’s not men’s figure skating, now it’s dancing. That’s my point.”
With the sport and its new champion securely buried in the rubble of the Russian’s insults, Plushenko then boldly skated to the medal ceremony and stepped right up on the gold platform, where he clearly had explained he belonged. When he finally acquiesced and stepped down to the silver platform, it was with a scowl and a scoff at Lycasek’s victory. At the conclusion of the American national anthem, Plushenko took off his humiliating silver medal of shame, and skated in a huff to the opposite side of the rink, where security actually had to redirect him to the proper exit.
Apparently over-indulging on the sour grapes, the pompous prima donna arrived 10 minutes late to the post-competition press conference, and delivered another kick to the groin. “I was convinced that I won,” he told reporters, “but I suppose that Evan needed this gold medal more than I,” he bragged passive aggressively. “Maybe because I already had one. It’s not that bad, three Olympic medals, one gold and two silver.”
Well, as long as he can put it all in perspective.
And with that final tasteful comment, he walked right out, officially leaving sportsmanship in a pool of blood in the corner.