Watch this video, at least the clip where the NBC reporter asks Mr. Kramer who he is and where he is from:
Yes, he asks the reporter Are you stupid?.
Sven Kramer, the overwhelming favorite to win the men’s 10,000 meters, threw down his glasses in fury after a lane violation Tuesday cost him his second gold medal at the Vancouver Games.
Kramer’s disqualification for a violation with eight laps remaining in the race handed Lee Seung-hoon of South Korea the gold medal at the Richmond Olympic Oval.
Who is stupid now, Sven?
You know, normally I would be sympathetic and in fact I would also argue the coach is primarily at fault for urging the lane change upon him. But after his attitude to the NBC reporter I do not feel one bit bad for him.
Karma is always your friend rewarding you or teaching you. Sven Kramer was taught, did he learn?
Update, I want to expand on my thoughts here.
It seems the question the NBC reporter posed to Sven was not for the actual “interview” but for technical & production reasons. I am seeing a lot of chatter about “timestamping” the video. Now, I don’t have any notion as to what exactly is meant here (timestamp to me is a datatype in various database servers) but my impression of the question (from the tone of the reporter in question) was it was extremely routine and a part of the procedure and not background information gathering.
A little bit of patience goes a very very long way, and patience in that episode would have turned what is a huge laughter for us into a situation where we would be with Sven and feeling really bad for him. Being an elite performer does not give you license to turn into a snotty arrogant SOB.
Once I laughed it up at a guy who was pulled over for speeding and getting a ticket. Within one week, that same police officer was writing me a ticket.