Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Golden Denial

Yevgeny Plushenko is having trouble dealing with reality these days. The Russian figure skater is apparently still dumbfounded that he didn't win the men's competition despite being the only skater to land a quad jump which is considered the most difficult maneuver.

Plushenko's second place finish is definitely controversial, but he has officially gone off the deep end to protest it.

His website has announced that Plushenko's silver medal is actually platinum, a metal more precious than gold.

...Okay.

This sounds like a story for Jon Stewart. Russian skater upset with his medal decides to play make believe. The skater exclaims "Plushenko won in Vancouver!" He then shows Stewart his gold medal which is actually a paper cut out colored in gold crayon. "Plushenko colored a bit outside the lines. But is gold."

Right next to it is a second grader's drawing of her family which consists of stick figures, a brown spot that might be the dog, random grass, a giant tree, and the little cursive "m"s that make up birds flying below gigantic clouds and a sun with a smiley face. "Plushenko much better drawer than her. She can't even draw house correctly. She can't jump quad either."

Yeah, it's that kind of a joke now. Plushenko missed the gold which he though was his. Instead of sympathy, his actions are eliciting laughs. I hope he has a good sense of humor.

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