Hateful US Skier Blames Ivanka For Ruining His Olympics After Not Getting Medal, Then Gets More Bad News

The Olympic Games are coming to an end. As such, the Vice President has already returned to the United States while First Daughter Ivanka Trump went to conduct political business with South Korea’s leaders as well as lead the American Olympic delegation home. However, one Olympic athlete, in particular, was not too pleased with this.

The Huffington Post reported,

“U.S. Olympian Gus Kenworthy on Sunday issued a dig at Ivanka Trump colder than snow on which he skied during the Winter Games. “So proud of all these people,” he tweeted as Team USA prepared to participate in the closing ceremony for the 2018 Olympics Pyeongchang, South Korea. Kenworthy, who came in 12th place in the slopestyle final, noted that “everyone has worked so hard to make it to the Olympics.”

“Well … Everyone except Ivanka,” he quipped. “Honestly, tf is she doing here?”

The first daughter traveled to South Korea to head the U.S. delegation during the closing ceremony. She met and dined with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Friday and greeted athletes from Team USA earlier on Sunday. Trump has faced backlash over her presence at the event, as did Vice President Mike Pence, who led the delegation who led the delegation during the games’ opening ceremony.”

Dan Calabrese had a particularly interesting opinion on Kenworthy’s comments,

“OK, fine, you don’t like her politically and you think she doesn’t support your agenda. I’m not actually sure that’s true where Ivanka is concerned, but whatever. She’s Trump’s daughter and you’re politically anti-Trump. OK. Got it. Why exactly does that necessitate this? For those not up to speed on current online lingo, “tf” means “the f***”. I suppose we can’t ignore this 800-pound gorilla: Kenworthy, like Adam Rippon, is gay and is being hailed as a gay rights ambassador by those enthralled with that movement.

Also like Rippon, he apparently feels the need to go off on anyone connected to the Trump Administration who shows up at the Olympics in support of the U.S. team, regardless of whether the administration member being attacked has said or done anything averse to him. What is Ivanka doing there? She’s doing what presidents always send representatives to do, which is providing the Olympic team with the imprimatur of the head of state’s support and leadership. Every country at the Olympics will have someone there from its government serving as a titular figurehead of the team. To not do that would be to disrespect the Olympic team in a way that would surely set Twitter alight all its own.

Two questions:
1. Can you imagine Mike Eruzione, or Dorothy Hamill, or Mark Spitz, or Michael Jordan, or, er . . . Caitlin Jenner . . .  taking an unprovoked shot at a president’s son or daughter, regardless of their politics, just because they showed up at the Olympics? And if they did, can you imagine leading cultural voices hailing such behavior as brave and courageous?

2. Both Kenworthy and Rippon are being lauded for the way they’re representing the gay community. Isn’t it a stereotype of gay men that they tend to be catty? Isn’t that exactly what their respective unprovoked attacks on Mike Pence and Ivanka Trump are, by definition?”


US Weekly also reported more about the backstory,

“Trump traveled to PyeongChang to support the U.S. delegation during the Closing Ceremony. She landed in the country on Friday, February 23, and spent time with President Moon Jae-in before greeting the athletes on Sunday.

Kenworthy also spoke out against Vice President Mike Pence’s trip to the country two weeks earlier when the conservative politician cheered on Team USA at the Opening Ceremony. “Our country is a patchwork nation, so I want to make sure people remember that,” the openly gay athlete previously told Us Weekly. “The LGBT community has been so marginalized and underrepresented in so many ways that it’s more important than ever to stand up and be proud at these games. Mike Pence may say he’s an ally, but he has previously pushed agendas that have not been supportive, so that’s why I want to use my voice.”

Ivanka Trump was representing the United States because President Trump and Vice President Pence had to go back to the states to do work. She is a well-known member of the Trump administration and thus is a good representative. It is completely normal for her to be there. For anyone to take issue with that is simply strange.

Kenworthy did not even medal at the Olympics and perhaps if he had worried less about politics and who was attending the Olympics from the administration he would have actually succeeded and received a medal. But instead, he chose to focus on superfluous nonsense that did not really matter.

Share if you agree it is embarrassing for someone representing the United States to behave this way on social media.

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WHOA!! US Hockey Players Just Pissed Off Entire Olympics With What They Wore On The Ice! HELL YEAH!

Unlike every other Olympics in history, the 2018 Winter Olympics has set a foul new tone that we hope doesn’t carry on through future competitions. The ratings of the games suffering because of it, as Americans are sick of athletes inserting divisive messages where they don’t belong. However, now, Olympians are being punished too for all the wrong reasons, proving that politics mixed into sports are here to stay. Not all Olympians are on board with that, as the US Women’s Hockey Team just proved when they came out on in the ice to compete and sent a huge message that royally enraged every racist hater at the Olympics, including the International Olympics Committee.

The US Olympic Committee already proved that what’s most important isn’t athlete’s ability, it’s diversity. They don’t like that there’s a disproportionate amount of white Olympians, to those of different races and sexual orientations. They’ve even compiled a list of qualifications for winning medals, which showed that Golds should be handed out in an affirmative action style, rather than on actually being the best in your sport if you’re white. While it seemed like the Olympics couldn’t have gotten further off track from the point of the competition being about unity and rewarding excellence, the International Olympic Committee just made it worse with what they ordered two white athletes on Team USA to do.

The US Hockey team has come under scrutiny before by the US Olympic Committee who said that there were too many white players on the team and needed to make it more diverse. However, now’s it’s what’s on the female goalie’s helmets that has landed them in hot water for being too American. In a time when a lot of athletes on Team USA are being anti-American and against our administration, it’s nice to see players being patriotic and proud to represent our country. The committee doesn’t see it that way.

USA Today reports:

USA Hockey is working with the IOC to see whether goalies Nicole Hensley and Alex Rigsby really will have to remove the Statue of Liberty from their goalkeepers masks.

USA Hockey spokesman Dave Fischer said on Tuesday “discussions are ongoing” after the IOC said earlier the images would have to be removed.

The IOC views the image as a possible violation of its policy against political symbols. The rule from the IOC Guidelines Regarding Authorized Identifications: No item may feature the wording or lyrics from national anthems, motivational words, public/political messaging or slogans related to national identity.

Hensley’s Statue of Liberty image is on the left side of her mask, and Rigsby’s is on her chin. Neither goalie played in USA’s opening 3-1 win against Finland. Maddie Rooney was the starter.

What is possibly “too political” about a patriotic symbol? The Olympics are supposed to be a place of pride for each athlete’s individual country and there’s nothing divisive about the Statue of Liberty, in fact, it represents the first sight seen be many immigrants who came to America to pursue freedom and achieve their dream – just like the Olympics. What is actually “too political” is the from the Olympic committees to ensure diversity among the athletes and not their actual ability, while putting a priority on fairness and equality. This isn’t just a decision the US Committee made on their own, they are forced by outside government to do so.

“The USOC and the governing bodies for each sport are required by law to submit a report to lawmakers every four years detailing the participation of minorities, as well as women and disabled individuals,” IJReview reported. “Additionally, the USOC requires the governing bodies to fill out an annual ‘diversity scorecard,’ as Maese describes it.”

“We wanted to see what that diversity looks like, how we could measure it, track it,” Thompson said. “That has had an incredible impact. I think it means we’re being transparent with our fans, so people can see, No. 1, it’s a priority, and, No. 2, we’re being honest about it. In some areas, we got some work to do.”

Ultimately, the IOC decided to allow the goalies keep the image of Lady Liberty on their helmets, but that doesn’t change the fact that it came under criticism in the first place. Furthermore, why was this image brought under question while all other patriotic and possibly political imagery present on all other athletes at the game not? If the Statue of Liberty was called into question for the reasons stated, then all other anthems and flags from around the world on uniforms should have been a problem for the IOC too. The real issue is that committee clearly sees America as an issue. Some of our athletes such as anti-Trump/Pence figure skater Adam Rippon, racist speedskater Shani Davis, and Trump-hating downhill skier Lindsey Vonn, have not helped in proving otherwise – they only perpetuate the problem.




A prayer room that was supposed to be used by Muslims at the Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea was scrapped after South Korean citizens protested.

The mobile prayer room was too be set up and paid for by The Korea Tourism Organization, in cooperation with Olympic officials. Taxpayer money would have paid for the prayer room, but locals were upset that their money was to be used to accommodate what they believe was a radical, violent religion.

Officials behind the prayer room insist it was to be open to all faiths, but in most instances of public prayer rooms, that usually is not the case. In those cases, Muslims who use the prayer room are not accommodating to other faiths.

That was one of the reasons an anti-Muslim group rallied the public against the prayer room, gathering enough signatures to get it shut down.

Yahoo Sports reports.

The Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) has announced that it will no longer go forward with plans to set up a mobile multi-faith prayer room for spectators in Gangneung, where all of the Games’ indoor events are taking place, following “strong opposition” from anti-Muslim protestors, according to Al Jazeera’s Haeyoon Kim and Faras Ghani.

“We sat down with them for talks, but in the end, we had to cancel the plans,” Gangneung city government tourism division chief Kang Suk-ho told Al Jazeera.

The KTO’s Kim Yeong-ju told Korea Exposé’s Ho Kyeong Jang that opposition to the prayer rooms was so strong that local officials “could no longer do their jobs.”

Much of the hostility has flowed from the PyeongChang Olympics Gangwon Citizens’ Islam Countermeasure Association, a relatively new group that pushed a petition against the prayer room via Google. The petition — which stoked fear about radical Islam in the South Korean province of Gangwon — has collected more than 56,000 digital signatures.

“The government has already spent too much of the taxpayers’ money on the Games, and we shouldn’t spend more building a prayer room,” Seo Ji-hyun, the director of operations at the Islam Countermeasure Association, told Al Jazeera. He also suggested that Muslims should refrain from prayer at the Olympic Games as they supposedly would while flying or driving.

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BREAKING! Pissed Off Pence Just Showed Rude World Leader At Olympics Who’s REALLY The Boss!

And once again the bleeding heart liberals in the Main Stream Media have gotten their panties in a bunch over something the Trump administration did. This time they were whining about something that happened between U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and the North Korean delegation at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

In what was a precise and calculated move by VP Pence he decided not to shake hands with this North Korean murderous regime. And by not doing so he sent a powerful message to the world that the Trump administration is not going to put up with egomaniacal bullies who threaten our nation, torture their own people and who’s leader murders his own family members if he feels they looked at him in the wrong way.

So in spite of all the liberal whining and moaning while they call out VP Pence as being rude and unrefined, he did the correct thing by not acknowledging a nation which is keeping the world on the verge of what can is considered to be a dire nuclear threat against the west coast of the US, Japan, South Korea and Hawai. And every American should be proud knowing we don’t bow to our enemies anymore.


Now let’s keep in mind who these offended liberals are. They are the same characters who had no issue whatsoever with all the sexual adulterous shenanigans that went on in the white house during the Kennedy and Clinton administrations. And now all of a sudden they care about manners when it pertains to a murdering regime which goes against every value America, and the American people hold close and dear. Yup, sounds about right, isn’t that what Liberals always do every single time? Provide aid and comfort to America’s enemy?

Via The AP:

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — For all of Vice President Mike Pence’s efforts to keep North Korea from stealing the show at the Winter Olympics, the images of the two Koreas marching together — and their officials shaking hands — at a time of heightened tensions on the peninsula proved impossible to counteract.

Pence spent the days leading up to Friday’s opening ceremonies warning that the North was trying to “hijack the message and imagery of the Olympic Games” with its “propaganda.”

But the North was still welcomed with open arms to what South Korean President Moon Jae-in called “Olympic games of peace” and the U.S. appeared to be the one left out in the cold.

Pence sat stone-faced in his seat as Moon and North Koreans officials stood together with much of the stadium to applaud their joint team of athletes. White House officials stressed that Pence had applauded only for the American team, but Asia experts said the vice president’s refusal to stand could be seen as disrespectful to the hosts.

U.S. officials have been urging South Korea to be cautious in its rapprochement with the North — a point Pence drilled home in private meetings with Moon on Thursday.

But North Korea’s terrible record on human rights and the growing threat from its nuclear weapons program appeared out of mind as Moon warmly greeted Kim Yo Jong, the sister of dictator Kim Jong Un, and Kim Yong Nam, the country’s 90-year-old nominal head of state.

Even Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who has shared the American skepticism of warming inter-Korean relations, greeted Kim Yong Nam.

At an earlier VIP reception for delegation leaders, Pence arrived late and stayed for just 5 minutes — and did not interact with the delegation from the North.

“The Koreans will think it’s a mood kill,” said Frank Jannuzi, an expert on East Asia at the Mansfield Foundation in Washington. He criticized the Trump administration for straining too hard to signal disgust of Kim Jong Un’s government.

“The grievances that the world has about North Korea are very legitimate. But the Olympic moment that President Moon is trying to generate here is not a time to nurse those grievances,” Jannuzi said. “It’s a time to focus on messages of reconciliation and peace.”

As it turned out, with the two Koreas celebrating a moment of unity, the United States was left outmaneuvered by an adversary and out of step with an ally.

Past administrations have been wary of efforts by Pyongyang to drive a wedge between Washington and Seoul, but still generally supportive of efforts to calm tensions at the heavily militarized border.
Today, Kim Yo Jong and other North Korean delegates will have lunch with Moon at the presidential Blue House. Rumors are swirling that she could be carrying an offer for Moon to travel to North Korea. The last inter-Korean summit was in 2007.

That may turn out to be errant speculation, but the U.S. doesn’t appear to share global relief that there’s a glimmer of hope for diplomacy after a year of escalating tensions and fears of nuclear war, fueled by insults slung between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un.

Although South Korea has been a trenchant supporter of Trump’s campaign of “maximum pressure” against North Korea, Moon has been keen to use the Olympics to pry open the door to better relations with its adversary. North Korea has jumped at the opportunity.

The downside for Washington is that it could expose growing differences with Seoul on the best way to deal with North Korea and achieve the ultimate goal of denuclearization.

American officials attempted to paint a rosier picture of Friday’s ceremony as showing solidarity among allies. They stressed the North Koreans in the VIP box had watched Pence, Moon and Abe hold a running discussion in the front row for the more than two-hour ceremonies.

The officials, who spoke on condition because they were not authorized to discuss the U.S. approach publicly, also denied that Pence had been blindsided by the seating arrangement — with the North Koreans in the row behind him, allowing Kim Yo Jong to be easily pictured in profile next to the vice president.
Although some White House aides were leery that the arrangement could produce less-than-ideal optics for Pence, there was no concerted effort to lobby their Korean counterparts for a change, in part out of fear of upsetting the Olympic hosts, said one administration official.

“It’s not a complete disaster,” said James Schoff, former senior Pentagon adviser for East Asia policy. He supported Pence’s moves to meet with North Korean defectors, paying respects at a memorial to 46 South Korean sailors killed in a 2010 torpedo attack blamed on the North. Pence also invited as his Olympics guest the father of U.S. college student Otto Warmbier, who died after he was imprisoned by North Korea for stealing a propaganda poster.

But Schoff said that by pouring cold water on hopes for better inter-Korean relations, Pence’s stance could be viewed as critical of Moon’s outreach to North Korea.

“The fact that’s become the narrative is due in part to things that he’s said and his body language,” Schoff said.

While Moon did not hesitate to shake hands and smile with his North Korean visitors, Pence didn’t appear to even look in the direction of the North Korean delegation during the Friday event.


HELL YEAH! Look White Pence Just Did At Olympics After They Locked Him Out In The COLD! ‘Merica!

The Olympics is not even entirely underway yet and the world is showing how they feel about the U.S. administration in a disgusting way that’s never been allowed before. Like all other major sporting events since President Donald Trump took office, it’s been an affair of who can come up with the more disparaging act against America and our leadership than the next person. The Olympics shouldn’t be a place for this, but we’re seeing that’s not the case with US athletes leading the charge of disrespect toward our president and vice president.

President Trump was targeted at the games already today by a couple of classless impersonators who waltzed onto the scene, one pretending to be a cliché version of him that liberals have created. It’s was rude and in exceptionally poor taste that got a laugh out of anti-Trump athletes and the liberals media back at home here in the U.S. This immature antic was followed up by more juvenile behavior out of adults in charge of the Olympics who decided to ensure that the Vice President of the most powerful nation in the world wasn’t given the VIP treatment and locked him out in the cold away from other world leaders in attendance.

The left thought that what happened to Pence was pretty funny but weren’t laughing a short time later when he infuriated his detractors by showing every person inside who’s boss. He put America first and made the citizens who support him proud in an awesomely unexpected way.

Like many dignitaries and athletes trying to make it through the chaotic Olympic area, Pence arrived a few minutes late to a dinner in which he was scheduled to attend. While it’s not uncommon, the organizers were quick to use it against him and refused him a seat at the table. Rather than letting him in, they left him outside as a total show of disrespect. The Washington Post’s Anna Fifield reported that Pence is at the 2018 games representing President Donald Trump’s administration.

Instead of sitting with U.S. athletes, organizers let him in and forced him to sit next to North Korea’s ceremonial head of state, Kim Yong Nam, among other dignitaries. It was awkward and intentional and he greeted everyone at the table except America’s North Korean nemesis, according to the Huffington Post. However, that was just the start of what he did to prove that he, and America, are the greatest at the table or in the stands at the game.

Ironically, the liberal rag Think Progress slammed the VP for what he did next after praising racist players for doing the same for months, for a different reason.

It’s all First Amendment and bravery when entitled pro football players don’t stand, but when Mike Pence refuses to do so for any other anti-American country but the United States, it’s a major offense. The reality is, Pence put America first and made a statement of his own that nobody was expecting out of this rather quiet guy with an almost perpetual smile. This is what makes his message even more badass.

However, Think Progress has a different take on it:

Athletes from North Korea and South Korea marching under the same flag in the opening ceremonies of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games was a significant symbolic moment for many. Vice President Mike Pence, in Pyeongchang to lead the U.S. delegation, was not impressed, however.

The Washington Post’s Anna Fifield described “huge cheers” when the unified Korea team entered the stadium on Friday. She also said it appeared that everyone in the VP’s box stood to acknowledge the moment — except Pence and his wife, Karen.

If Pence used the moment to make a political statement, it would be an interesting tactic, considering he walked out of an NFL game last year because several players linked arms or took a knee during the playing of the national anthem — a silent protest against injustice and inequality that Pence just couldn’t bear to witness.

It’s hilarious how it’s all statement and rights to make it when it supports liberal ideas, but when Pence rightfully chooses not to honor a nation that’s testing ballistic missiles to use against America, it’s some great offense. That’s when you sit, kneel, or don’t acknowledge what a flag represents – not when you’re getting paid millions of dollars to throw a ball yet somehow feel like you’re suffering under oppression. The real people who know what true oppression really feels like, are living under North Korea’s regime, without electricity, food, or information from the outside world. Pence was sitting for them too, knowing that they deserve freedom from their despot dictator.

Liberals need to know their outrage and get it right. If they did, they would be sitting with Pence and standing for the American flag.


WHOA! Scumbag US Olympic Committee Just Did It To White Athletes – Olympics Is OVER!

The Olympics is supposed to be about good sportsmanship, an impressive level of achievement,  and people coming together from all backgrounds and from around the world to compete against each other. Athletes who have made it to this point did so through their own hard work and dedication to the sport – they weren’t selected to be there by affirmative action. The only thing that got one competitor or team of competitors in the door, was having worked harder than those they were up against. Sheer determination and skill level, not race, has put the best of the best athletes up against each other, just how it should be.

However, that’s about to all change as the US Hockey team has just found out just hours before they’re set to compete in a game they’ve worked years to get to. For the US Olympic Committee (USOC), it’s not about ability and hard work, they’re more concerned with making sure everyone gets a ribbon even if it means America goes home without a medal in any sport and regardless of who they have to cut from the competition to ensure “fair and equal treatment.”

The committee previously expressed their displeasure with the team they sent to the Winter Games this year, which also happened to be the largest ever. Yet among those competitors, they noticed a massive problem. They had selected participants based on skill and accomplishment, just as they were supposed to, but the diversity didn’t shake out the way they had hoped. Not that it even should manner since race is not factor in qualifying for the Olympics.

However, the committee couldn’t let it go and waited until the last second to deliver some really disgusting news to the US hockey team which happens to be all-white by total coincidence.

The USOC has previously stated that it’s of top priority that they eliminate the overwhelming proportion of white participants and replace it with more diversified athletes. They boasted that this year, a mix of all races and sexual orientations had been achieved more than before in who they sent to the 2018 winter Olympics. However, there’s one exception to that which is an apparent thorn in their side as the hockey team is all white, which evidently, makes the USOC look bad.

Independent Journal-Review reports:

Of the 243 athletes set to compete in this year’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, 10 are African-American and 10 are Asian-American —- more than the number in previous years. There are also two openly gay men, one of whom has made news for his comments about Vice President Mike Pence.

Still, there are concerns among officials that improvements could be made, perhaps in light of how, for instance, USA Hockey had 131 team members in 2016, none of whom were minorities. Maese writes:

“The lack of diversity on the winter teams is certainly not a new issue, and it’s not unique to the United States. But the USOC has identified it as an area for targeted growth. Thompson was hired to his post in 2012, shortly after the job was created, because the USOC saw room for improvement at every level: from athletes and coaches to the officials who run the national governing bodies for each sport and executives who work for the USOC.”

“[W]e’ve just been trying to find ways to make sure our team looks like America,” Thompson said.

For their part, the committee is not so concerned about this because of their own ideas, they are receiving some substantial outside pressure by lawmakers to ensure a “fair” level of diversity. This is pretty disgusting.

“The USOC and the governing bodies for each sport are required by law to submit a report to lawmakers every four years detailing the participation of minorities, as well as women and disabled individuals,” IJReview reported. “Additionally, the USOC requires the governing bodies to fill out an annual ‘diversity scorecard,’ as Maese describes it.”

“We wanted to see what that diversity looks like, how we could measure it, track it,” Thompson said. “That has had an incredible impact. I think it means we’re being transparent with our fans, so people can see, No. 1, it’s a priority, and, No. 2, we’re being honest about it. In some areas, we got some work to do.”

Whatever happened to diversity being among people’s skill level and picking from that? How incredibly dull would the Olympics become if they best of the best aren’t competing against each other – races are of vastly different ability levels. There’s no competition there. The one person actually qualified to be there would blow the others there on affirmative action alone, out of the water. It’s not even a competition at that point, it’s just a ribbon ceremony where everyone gets a participation prize.


Racist Black US Speed Skater Just Denounced America At Olympics – Offers SICK Reason Why

It was announced that the four-time Olympian and luge champion Erin Hamlin would be the one to carry the flag for the U.S. Olympic team at this year’s opening ceremony in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and rightly so she was proud and honored by the opportunity. Later in an interview, Hamlin told The Associated Press she had learned she was the one chosen by a phone call with Alan Ashley, chef de mission, on Wednesday evening. Hamlin is the only American, male or female, to ever win a medal in the luge singles competition so she was certainly deserving of this coveted honor.

But as we all know in this day and age in America, things can never be this simple. Hamlin was one of eight contenders for the honor, but after the initial voting of the eight-person panel, there was a tie between Hamlin and speedskater Shani Davis. According to the Olympic Committee, if there is a tie, then the rules state a coin toss settles the decision. A coin toss which Hamlin won.

Hamlin won the coin toss and Davis was understandably disappointed. Instead of just keeping his head up high and waiting for next year, the spoiled athlete decided to take to social media.

Davis is as deserving as Hamlin of this honor. What does a coin toss have to do with black history month? Is he trying to say that because he’s a black man the panel should have forgone the rules to give him the honor because of his skin color? That can’t be, only Former President Barack Obama can get away with breaking the rules because of the color of his skin.

Via MSN News:

“The 35-year-old, who’s won four Olympic medals and was the first black athlete to ever win gold in an individual event, insinuated that his credentials should have given him the honor of carrying the American flag.

Hamlin, who is white, was among eight American athletes nominated as flag-bearer – one from each federation. After multiple rounds of voting, the final tally ended 4-4, whereupon a coin was flipped to decide the outcome. The tiebreaking procedure had been decided upon last year. No one found it dishonorable at the time.

With his tweet and reported boycott, Davis hasn’t just ruined whatever goodwill he’d regained after the early controversies of his youth, but he stepped on Hamlin’s moment and that of every other American athlete marching on Friday night. It’s a selfish move from an insufferable man.

The Opening Ceremony is an equalizer. Everybody is the same. Lindsey Vonn marches alongside alternate curlers. LeBron James and Michael Phelps wear the same ridiculous, patriotic outfits as every other American athlete. For the vast majority of competitors who won’t medal in Pyeongchang, the Opening Ceremony is their moment in the spotlight. It’s when they get to bask in the achievement of their lifelong dream without the pressures of competition. Davis has been there before. Others haven’t. One grown man throwing a temper tantrum won’t ruin the moment but Hamlin’s moment, in particular, has been tarnished.

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Flag bearers aren’t chosen based on their fame or past successes. The last four for the U.S. were Todd Lodwick, Mark Grimmette, Chris Witty and Amy Peterson. No Shaun White. No Bode Miller. No Lindsey Vonn. It’s a popularity contest, which is why the biggest surprise may be how close Davis got to winning the honor.

In the United States, the two-time gold medalist is almost as well known for his off-ice quarrels as he is for his speed skating success. (He’s a huge star in Europe, where the sport is far more popular.) In the 2006 Olympics, Davis got into a spat with American teammate Chad Hedrick, who’d said he’d been “betrayed” after Davis refused to compete in the team-pursuit race. Hedrick thought his teammate had cost him another chance at gold. Davis also made headlines in 2009 when he called Stephen Colbert a “jerk,” after the late-night host raised money for the U.S. speed skating team. The skater was apparently angry over Colbert’s past jokes about Canadians.

Though Davis came out looking bad in both those incidents, you could have made the argument that he’d gotten a bad rap. The Hedrick dispute was completely unfair: Davis had never planned on competing in the relay and was unaware he was even allowed to do so. He had been churlish in his NBC interview after winning gold and acted like a petulant child in a joint presser conference with Hedrick (who didn’t behave any better), but Davis had a point.”