Eh Game

South Korean fencer turns down special medal at the Olympics

Don Landry
Eh Game

View photo

.

South Korea's Shin A Lam has rejected a special medal. (Reuters)

"No thanks," says South Korean fencer Shin A Lam to a "special medal" that fencing's governing body has plans to give to her, in recognition that she probably got jobbed at the Olympics Monday night.

Can't blame her, either. The medal, the International Fencing Federation said, would be for "aspiration to win and respect for the rules."

What?!

No disrespect to the IFF, they're trying to do something - anything - to appease the 25 year old South Korean, who thought she might earn a berth in the gold medal event, only to have it taken away from her when an extra second was added to her duel with German fencer Britta Heidemann. She ended up losing in that last second, and did not recover, failing to even win the bronze. Her appeal of the decision was not upheld.

[Related: Luck shines on Canada's Cochrane]

First of all, a medal for "aspiration to win and respect for the rules" sounds like something every single kid in every single league in North America now gets because it's just not correct to have winners and losers. Just winners.

Secondly, wouldn't every single Olympian get one of these things? Aren't they all supposed to be trying to win within the bounds of the rules? Sounds like they could name it the "I'm just happy to be here" medal, except that wouldn't apply to Shin, as you can bet your official London Olympic die-cast Concorde keychain (yes, you can get one of those) that she really isn't. And sure wasn't, on Monday night when she staged a protest at the fencing venue, seen here in a Guardian Lego re-creation:

Shin is having no part of any made up medal of appeasement:

"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."

The governing body for fencing appears to agree, but there is no remedy in place to correct the mistake and allow Shin to take a crack at the gold, since, as mentioned, her appeal of the matter was already turned down, forcing her to try and gather herself for a shot at bronze.

As for the medal for "aspiration to win and respect for the rules"?

That needs to go the way of Olympic croquet.


More Olympics coverage on Yahoo! Sports Canada:
Eight badminton players booted from Olympics for match-fixing
Britain's first gold medal should stop Canada's taunting
Canadian tennis star Raonic makes Olympic history despite loss

Sign up for Yahoo Fantasy Hockey
Sorry you didn't like this comment. Please provide a reason below.

Are you sure?
Rating failed. Try again.
Request failed. Try again.
We will promote constructive and witty comments to the top, so everyone sees them!
Sorry, we can’t load comments right now. Try again.
    • Dortmund's Goetze out of Champions League clash with Real Madrid

      Dortmund's Goetze out of Champions League clash with Real Madrid

      Attacking midfielder Mario Goetze has been ruled out of Borussia Dortmund's Champions League clash with Real Madrid due to a knee injury, the German club said on Tuesday. Dortmund said the injury to the 24-year-old was minor, adding that he had a … More »

      Reuters - 4 minutes 8 seconds ago
    • Field days, uh, nights, for Colts in 41-10 romp over Jets

      Field days, uh, nights, for Colts in 41-10 romp over Jets

      With their star quarterback behind center again, Dwayne Allen and T.Y. Hilton had field days against the New York Jets. Make that a field night at the Meadowlands as they helped the Indianapolis Colts (6-6) move into a tie atop the AFC South with a … More »

      AP - Sports - 5 minutes ago
    • Denmark's Bjorn named Europe's Ryder Cup captain

      Denmark's Bjorn named Europe's Ryder Cup captain

      Denmark's Thomas Bjorn was named as Europe's Ryder Cup captain on Tuesday with the task of reclaiming the trophy from the United States at Le Golf National in Paris in 2018. The three past captains were the key decision makers in selecting Thomas," … More »

      Reuters - 11 minutes ago
    • Golf-Denmark's Bjorn named Europe's Ryder Cup captain

      (Adds detail, quotes) LONDON, Dec 6 (Reuters) - Denmark's Thomas Bjorn was named as Europe's Ryder Cup captain on Tuesday with the task of reclaiming the trophy from the United States at Le Golf National in Paris in 2018. The three past captains … More »

      Reuters - 13 minutes ago
    • Liverpool go bonding in Barcelona

      Liverpool go bonding in Barcelona

      (Reuters) - Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp has flown his squad to Barcelona on a two-day bonding trip ahead of the visit of West Ham United in the Premier League on Sunday, the Liverpool Echo reported. Liverpool suffered a shock defeat at … More »

      Reuters - 14 minutes ago