Every time an athlete fails to meet expectations we always hear the same cliched explanations. Not giving 110 percent, previous injuries, “What do you want? I play for the Cubs,” and anything else that gets thrown out every time the MLB Playoffs roll around. As a sports fan it gets old pretty fast. That's why it's a real breath of fresh air when failed sportsmen go outside the box when breaking down their disappointment.
After a disappointing silver medal performance, Odd-Bjørn Hjelmeset released the following statement that somehow made its way onto Sports Illustrated’s web site by way of the Olympic public relations department:
My name is Odd-Bjørn Hjelmeset. I skied the second lap and I f***ed up today. I think I have seen too much porn in the last 14 days. I have the room next to Petter Northug and every day there is noise in there. So I think that is the reason I f***ed up. By the way, Tiger Woods is a really good man.
See, Tiger? Somebody (besides various strippers and Butch Harmon) loves you.
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