|Tiger looking despondent after a bad shot. (Or, rather, The New Normal.) Photo from Agence-France Presse.|
Anyway, I'm mentioning this because Lance Armstrong has been in the news a couple times in the last month for, of course, being a jerk. If you didn't know, he's now an Iron Man Triathlete - a race length that's roughly four times that of the Olympic length. But he's still the same poor-sport that he was renowned for being whilst doing the cyclying thing.
In the stories that I've linked, Lance is criticized for doing a number of jerky things:
- refusing to shake hands with the winner of a race, after Lance came in second
- refusing to shake hands with the guy who passed Lance at the finish-line of another race (but this was only for sixth place) and, subsequently, ignoring his 10 year-old daughter as she tried to give him a participant medal
|Snubbing his daughter. Classy. Screen cap by cafemom.com.|
- mocking Olympic triathlon as a "shampoo, blow dry & 10k run" (singling out the "drafting" strategy of having a teammate sacrifice himself in order to help the team's star conserve energy - which, hilariously, is a strategy that every team uses in the Tour de France) and thus offending a bunch of his ostensible peers.
Honestly, I'm not sure.