8/16/2008

Olympic Sized Poor Sportsmanship


Who said poor sportsmanship was confined to soccer moms and football hooligans? Mike Cavic, an American swimming for Serbia showed poor sportsmanship in his loss to Michael Phelps.

Phelps won the race by the slimmest of margins, beating Cavic by only .01 of a second. Yet, immediately Cavic's coach filed a challenge saying the clock was broken. So, the committee looked at the clock and determined it wasn't broken. Then they looked at the video down to a speed of 1/10,000th of a second. They determined that Phelps had indeed touched the wall before Cavic and the gold medal - and history were his.

While the challenge might have been legitimate it was Cavic's behavior afterwards which shows true unsportsmanlike conduct. Before the event he had made some wild boasts about beating Phelps. He had even said Phelps should loose because he wasn't "good for swimming" because he won so much. Sour grapes? Sounds like it.

Later, Cavic was asked if Phelps was, indeed, the gold-medal winner.

Said Cavic: "Is Michael Phelps the gold-medal winner? If we got to do this again, I would win it."

Or, he might just make you look like a complete idiot instead of making you seem like you're almost as good.

Let's see how a true sportsman operates. In the last Olympics Michael Phelps could have tied this record. Instead, he gave up his place on the relay to another swimmer so that person could receive at least one gold medal for the games! Now, that's a team player.

What does Cavic do? Challenge the results then when that doesn't go his way he follows it up with smack talk and petulance.

What a loser in every sense of the word. Shut up and go home, you wuss, you weren't good enough to swim for the USA where you live and train and you weren't good enough to beat the best. Maybe it's time you used that Serbian passport and went there to eat those sour grapes.

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