The Korea Times reports that a “series of blunders compromise Olympic credibility.”
Honestly, I was unaware that the Olympics actually had any credibility.
In fact, I’d been operating under the impression that as an organization, the Olympics were only slightly more corrupt than Mobutu’s Zaire.
Anyway, KoreaBANG has much more on Korean reactions to the Olympic officiating. Needless to say, some quarters of Korean cyberspace feel very, very aggrieved.
UPDATE: How aggrieved do they feel? Well, according to the Seoul Sinmun (quoting the German press), the Austrian judge’s email and phone number have been leaked online, and she’s getting threats via Twitter. And her Facebook page is under siege.
For her part, Shin isn’t taking the judgement sitting down (rim shot). She’s apparently refusing a special award from fencing’s governing body:
Fencing’s governing body announced that heartbroken South Korean Shin A Lam will receive ‘a special medal’ after she felt she was robbed of a proper one in the women’s epee on Monday night.
The medal will be for ‘aspiration to win and respect for the rules,’ said the International Fencing Federation in a statement.
But Shin said: ‘It does not make me feel better because it’s not an Olympic medal.
‘I don’t accept the result because I believe it was a mistake.’
Yeah, tell it to Roy Jones, Jr..
And yes, the brick-by-brick account at The Guardian was quite cute (HT to Q):
UPDATE 2: German fencer Britta Heidemann’s Facebook page is apparently under assault, too. Judging from the title of the article, there may be nude photos of Ms. Heidemann floating around somewhere, too.