Showing posts with label Winter Olympics. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Winter Olympics. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

How Childish

Anyone can desecrate a flag if their team loses, but here's the story of a couple of "fans" who simply couldn't handle the fact that their team won and they couldn't deal with it like adults:
A celebration of Canada’s gold medal hockey victory over the United States in February may have two Canadian residents of California facing criminal charges of vandalism and flag desecration.

The La Quinta, California, Police Department said Monday it has asked the Riverside County district attorney to file misdemeanor charges against Ryan Smith, 25, of Bermuda Dunes, and Matt Seifert, 26, of Palm Desert.

After the Canadian national team defeated the U.S. 3-2 in overtime in the gold medal game in Vancouver on February 28, police say Smith and Seifert went to the top of desert mountain, removed an American flag that had been placed there to honor the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks and replaced it with a Canadian flag.

Robert C. Sterling Jr., whose mother erected the flag after 9/11, told The Desert Sun newspaper he found a torn U.S. flag buried under rocks at the site.

According to The Desert Sun report, a Riverside County sheriff’s detective who led the investigation said last month that the Canadian men were remorseful when told of the reason the U.S. flag was erected at the site.

It's sad when a detective has to get involved in a victory celebration gone horribly wrong. This kind of thing goes back and forth between U.S. and Canadian fans, and it got old a long time ago. Why can't people just grow up?

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Toni Sailer

From Left to Right: Ernst Hinterseer, Hias Leitner, Christian Pravda, Fritz Huber d.J., Anderl Molterer, Toni Sailer

Skiing great Toni Sailer died today:
Austrian skiing great Toni Sailer, who in 1956 became the first athlete to win all three alpine ski events at a Winter Olympics, has died. He was 73.

Sailer passed away in Innsbruck on Monday after a long illness, his Kitzbuehel Ski Club said in a statement Tuesday.

Sailer won gold in the downhill, slalom and giant slalom at the 1956 Cortina Olympics in Italy. At the world championships there, he took gold in the downhill, slalom, giant slalom and combined.

He also won gold in the downhill, giant slalom and combined, as well as silver in the slalom, at the world championships in Bad Gastein, Austria two years later. Due to his speed, he became known as "the black lightning bolt from Kitz."

After retiring from competition in 1959, Sailer became a singer and an actor. He also produced skis in Canada and served as technical director of the Austrian Ski Federation between 1972 and 1976.

He was awarded the Olympic Order by the International Olympic Committee in 1985. In 1999, the Kitzbuehel native _ who reportedly stood on skis for the first time at the age of two _ was honored as Austria's sportsman of the century.

There was a time when downhill skiing was, shall we say, a bit more mainstream than it is now, and the Austrians were formidable in the sport.