Wednesday, February 22, 2006

It's not good enough? Give it back!

Oh that Chad Hedrick makes me very angry. He didn't win the Gold medal last night, so instead of being gracious about his Bronze Medal this is what the Miami Herald sports section has as his quote:

Hedrick admitted he was not happy with a bronze. "That's not what I'm here to do. I came to win. If you come here for any other reason, in my eyes you're wasting your time. Anything less than a win, second, fourth, eighth, 10th, 50th, it's all the same to me."

Talk about being ungracious! If he doesn't want the bronze medal give it to someone for whom the accomplishment means something, or GIVE IT BACK!!

In my eyes he is not the kind of person who promotes good will for his sport, he diminishes the Olympic Games by making statements like that. It's not about the winning, it's about the competition and if he doesn't get that then he doesn't deserve any medals.

He also went on to say that the competition and tension between him and Davis was good for the sport, then he talks about not being focused on winning because of it. He as so busy thinking about beating Shani Davis that he didn't do his best. Sounds like he's blaming Davis again for own deficient performance, doesn't it?

Yeah, well it seems to me that he talks that way because he likes to shift the blame. He did not get a chance to win 5 medals because of Davis (read, it's not my fault) and now the rival caused him to lose focus (again not my fault). Shades of Tanya Harding. What next? My skate shoe lace broke so I can't fairly compete. Oh PLEEZE.

He is not only selfish, but mean spirited and his remark brings dishonor to all who do their best to compete for their country. He makes Americans look bad, no mater how many personal achievements he garners for himself.

Shame Chad, shame on you.

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