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Dutch skater Sjinkie Knegt isn’t buying that whole ‘Spirit of the Games’ thing

- January 20th, 2014
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Sjinkie Knegt (R) of the Netherlands gestures next to Victor An (L) of Russia after Russia won the men’s 5,000-metre relay final race at the ISU European short-track speed skating Championships in Dresden, Germany, on January 19, 2014. (AFP PHOTO / ROBERT MICHAEL)

Dutch skater Sjinkie Knegt saluted Russia’s Victor An following the final of Sunday’s 5,000-metre relay at the European short-track speed skating championships in Dresden, Germany.

After losing the gold to Team Russia over the weekend, Knegt’s two-finger salute, two weeks out from the Sochi Olympics, didn’t exactly jive with that whole “Spirit of the Games” thing.

Since then, the above picture of Knegt, who was disqualified from the rest of the competition as a result of the gesture, has gone viral.

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These two teams are the front-runners to podium at next month’s Games, and will again go toe-to-toe in Sochi.

In the end, though, what Knegt did wasn’t all that bad, especially when you compare it to what American skater Simon Cho admitted to last summer.

The 22-year-old Cho, apparently under the influence of his coach, admitted to sabotaging Canadian Oliver Jean’s skates at the 2011 World Team Championships in Warsaw, Poland.

So, yeah, what Knegt did, while unsportsmanlike, is a bit more excusable.

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1 comment

  1. BayBruiser | January 20, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    He was just saying, “Yep, you’re Number 1″

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