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Sven Kramer's coach takes full responsibility for Dutch Olympic skaters costly mistake and DQ

Posted Feb 23 2010 4:26pm


Sven Kramer's long-time coach is taking full responsibility for the Dutch super star's skating mistake which cost Kramer the gold medal in the 10,000 meter final today.

"I am furious," Kramer said after the race.

Kramer made what looked like an amateurish mistake when he failed to switch lanes just about at the halfway point of the race, and was thus disqualified.

Had he not been disqualified the world record holding speed skater would have easily won the gold medal at the 10,00 meter event.

"In a split second I had to take a decision and I took it. I can not explain it. At the end of the day it is the skater who is on the ice. Maybe we have to say we got it wrong," Kramer said.

Kramer's coach, Gerard Kemkers, was devastated and took responsibility for the gaffe.

"It was my mistake, my responsibility," said Kemkers, who has coached the world champion and world record holder for the last five years.

"It is a disaster. My world has collapsed, he added. "It is the worst thing that has happened in my life."

You may recall from THIS recent story that the Dutch Speed Skater Sven Kramer was already in the news after a controversial remark to a NBC Olympics reporter.

When asked to say his name by an ABC Olympics reporter the Dutch skating super star responded by asking the reporter if she was stupid. The reporters question and Kramer's response sparked an international debate about the ignorance of Americans, as well as the ignorance of the America media.

You can watch that video here HERE.

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