View Full Version : Britain wins bronze...deserved gold?

Feb 21st, 2002, 08:26 AM
Alex Coomber won Britain's first medal of the games yesterday winning the bronze in the WOmen's skeleton...

But as so often in these games there was a touch of controversy...

During the second run there was rather heavy snow, but rather than clean the track before the 4 or 5 medal hopes competed they waited until AFTER the third place Briton had gone.

Then there was a delay of a couple of minutes while the track was cleaned...

Interestingly, the last two competitors were both from the host nation, who benefited from a newly cleaned track, and the Brit missed out on gold by just a few tenths of a second...

Coomber herself doesnt wan't to cause a fuss about it, but its all a bit fishy...and worth looking into...the destination of the gold shouldn't depend on officials choosing to clean the track at a critical moment.

Feb 21st, 2002, 08:44 AM
I saw it live on BBC yesterday. I thought that one minute delay was because there was something wrong with the track, a dent or something, something that needed repairing. I didn't realise until now that they were simply clearing the track! If that is true, it certainly isn't fair!
Two days ago there was a discussion on Dutch TV about which Dutch team would go first (bobsleigh). It was important, they said, because with the heavy snow fall, the teams that come first have a slight advantage. That snow does make a difference.
It really does seem fishy that they'd clear the track right before the two Americans had to start.

Feb 21st, 2002, 08:48 AM
I don't know about controversy, but for me the truth is that Alex didn't have a clean skate at all.

If she'd been even a touch cleaner round the turns... there's your time difference already - newly cleaned track or not.

I guess you're being slightly tongue-in-cheek Chris, considering all the drama in the pairs? ;)

Feb 21st, 2002, 08:54 AM
Mildly tongue in cheek perhaps. :)

But it is a bit dubious, and Id like the officals at least to explain that suspicious delay.
She only missed out on gold by 0.26 of a second, a quick clean of the track could account for that...

If we kick up a fuss we might get gold. But sometimes the Brits are afraid to kick up a fuss. :)

Feb 21st, 2002, 08:57 AM
And at least you got a medal, which is more than we can say;)

Feb 21st, 2002, 09:17 AM
Yeah, we don't kick up a fuss, and we are too resigned to defeat.

Even with the curling, my immediate thought was.... nah, we can't win the Gold (even though we've put out the 2 favourites in Sweden and Canada).

British mentality is programmed to expect defeat/failiure, and not kick up a fuss if there's even a hint of 'wrong doing' - alleged or otherwise.