Evgeni Plushenko is such a whining little loser. One of the best skaters in the world came out of retirement after three years away from the sport and won a silver medal in yesterday's figure skating final at the 2010 Winter Olympics.
But that apparently was not enough. While most people would have been over the moon with second place at the Olympic Games, Plushenko was critical of the scoring and dismissive of winner Evan Lysacek's achievements.
Instead of being proud of a silver medal, Plushenko instead decided to fire a number of barbs at the champion, mainly surrounding his decision not to incorporate a quadruple jump into his free skate program.
Lysacek has been very positive about the whole incident, displaying the grace and humility of a true Olympic champion. I am not as well mannered.
Here are a selection of the quotes from international media outlets:
• “I was positive I won,” Plushenko said through an interpreter. “I suppose Evan needs a medal more than I do. Maybe it’s because I already have one.”
• “Without quadruples, I don’t know; sorry, but it’s not men,” Plushenko said after his short program. “It’s not men’s figure skating.”
• As he said after the short program, "I don't care today about the transitions or the scoring system. I care I did a clean program."
• "If the Olympic champion doesn't know how to jump a quad, I don't know," Plushenko said. "Now it's not men's figure skating; now, it's dancing."
• "I was sure I had won my second Olympic Games, but this is the new system," Plushenko said. "The quad is not valued anymore."
• "It's clear why the judging system was changed because the United States and Canada don't have anyone who can do a quadruple jump," Plushenko said.
Plushenko should be ashamed of his comments, ashamed of his attitude. He's a sore loser who hides behind the smoke screen of a new scoring system when the reality is that he was distinctly second-best.
His international prestige is not enough to make him think he is invincible. Once a great champion, his comments come off as bitter and resentful. I thought he was better than this, but apparently not.
He's all smiles and brashness in victory, when his overconfidence comes across as cocky. But when you're the very best in the world, I suppose you can afford to put yourself on a pedestal.
People don't necessarily like his attitude, but they accept it as part of his champion psyche and mentality.
But when the gold medal is not around his neck, his poor attitude resonates with many spectators as spiteful. The gold medal was not around his neck last night, and in his haste to leave the arena, neither was the silver—he just couldn't wait to get it off.
That's not the mark of a winner. It's the sign of a sore loser, a disappointed and frustrated athlete, who can't be humble in defeat. It's the sign of a man who needs to seriously consider if he's really in the sport for all the right reasons.