Occasionally, the Olympic performances will result not in preservation of a moment of perfection but a wipeout. On this occasion, it was not a downhill skier but an NBC reporter who asked Gold Medalist Sven Kramer who he was, what country he was from, and what he just won. He responded with “Are you stupid?”
Kramer had won the gold medal in the men’s 5000m race. It turns out that he is Dutch, which must mean he is from Dutchland or some such country. The foreign press is having a field day on this one, but is it our fault that he did not become an American citizen? Besides, the reporter was mistaken to even inquire as to Kramer’s importance. She should have gone directly to how Kramer felt about the performances of Shani Davis and Chad Hedrick finishing 11th and 12th, respectively. So, no Mr. Kramer we are not stupid. You are simply unabashedly, irretrievably not American.
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