Speedskating. When I watch it, my legs twitch. Being nearly moved to a city with a few rinks, I had already planned to skate and try to teach my son. Now, I want to visit Ottawa and try to skate the entire canal.
I watched the 1500 metre men's final and have a few unpopular opinions. First, I haven't watched much speed skating, but Ohno and the others bounced around a lot before the final lap. He might reasonably have felt disqualifications were in order.
Second, it's a shame that Lee Ho-seok is in for a lifetime of torment. Or, a few weeks of torment, which feels longer for young people (I'm such an old fogey). I can say he clearly made a mistake that cost him and his teammate medals, but he was absolutely right to try to improve his placing.
Speed skating is not a team sport and it is every competitor's duty in individual sports to strive for their personal best.
Yes, it hurt him, his teammate, and his nation's medal count. However, he would have been untrue to what I feel the Olympics are about by accepting third place if he could have gone faster.
He did the right thing, but did it poorly, as far as I, with no real knowledge of how his sport works, can see.
I see the Samsung chairman, recently pardoned, is again an IOC member. I am late to comment, but I have to say it does not make the IOC nor Korean justice look good.
VANCOUVER, Feb. 10 (Yonhap) -- Former Samsung Group Chairman Lee Kun-hee, who was recently reinstated as a member of the International Olympic Committee, attended an IOC general assembly in Vancouver on Wednesday.I would like to link to a fellow K-blogger on the subject, but a quick search of Roboseyo, ROKDrop, Bizarro Brian and Chris in South Korea (links in the sidebar -I'm using the 'not my home computer' excuse again) showed nothing. I do remember posts on the subject.