The Heart & Seoul of Tonya Harding

The Heart & Seoul of Tonya Harding

London : United Kingdom | Jul 31, 2012 at 9:54 PM PDT
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I’m not really a fan of The Summer Olympics; I don’t get fencing unless it’s to keep the dogs in, and my wife makes me watch the Winter Olympics. But I was reading a story about South Korean fencer, if that’s what they’re called, Shin A. Lam. Ms. Lam parked herself in the middle of the arena for an hour, protesting whatever it was she didn’t like about getting eliminated from the competition. I just assumed she lost. She had to be carried off what they call the “fencing piste.” Based on the name, I'm guessing this happens a lot.

But Ms. Lam, apparently a trooper, returned to the fencing piste (appparently now more piste) and faced the next competitor now with a shot for the bronze. She lost that, too. FIE, the fencing governing's body, has announced that Ms. Lam is still getting a medal anyway. It’s going to be specially inscribed, "For aspiration to win and respect of the rules." Apparently the rules, and their respective protest, for Olympic competition were changed somewhere between Tonya Harding’s broken shoe lace and her plea agreement for conspiracy to obstruct justice.

So I couldn’t help but wonder if Tonya had just parked herself in the middle of the ice if she would have a medal today. I also have to wonder if this new style protest is to reduce the chances of a judge or Olympic official from getting knee capped or is it just the easiest way to end a temper tantrum.

This brings up the next issue; sport discrimination. People like Michael Phelps and all of the other water sports people would have their tantrums, protests and tears underwater. Since no one really gets to hear or see them, are these athletes now are barred from getting their own, whatever color they may be, tantrum metal. I mean, c'mon, who can sit in the middle of the pool for an hour?

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Scott-Ross is based in Woodland, California, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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