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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

PostHeaderIcon Disqualified Dutchman Loses Speedskating Gold and a Record

[via N.Y. Times]

RICHMOND, British Columbia – After 25 laps around the Richmond Olympic Oval, Sven Kramer of the Netherlands crossed the finish line Tuesday and raised his arms in triumph, having secured – or so he thought – his second Olympic record and gold medal of these Winter Games.

Within seconds, Kramer’s celebration turned icy cold. When his coach, Gerard Kemkers, caught up to him during his cool-down lap, he palmed his head and delivered the bad news: Kramer was disqualified for incorrectly changing lanes with eight laps remaining in the 10,000-meter race. (...continue reading....)



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