Ohno and Korea Should End Their Beef

I mean, really. You guys are still at it?

Back in 2002, there was a dust-up between American speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno and the entire speed skating delegation from South Korea over his Olympic gold medal win. See, actual frontrunner Kim Dong-sung was disqualified for allegedly blocking him.

Flash forward to the current Winter Olympic proceedings and apparently there are reports that they’re still talking smack to each other. Recent 1,500-meter short track gold medalist Lee Sung-su doesn’t think Ohno deserves the silver medal after telling Vancouver reporters that two other South Korean skaters should have been disqualified for too much bump-n-shove on the ice.

Sigh. And so it begins.

May I make a suggestion, Apolo and South Korea?

Let it go.

We don’t need any more international, inter-Asian hate. Be happy for each other. Because for real, you guys are the only ones who seem to win these speed skating races at all!

In the grand scheme of things, we’re talking about who can skate around in a circle faster. Let’s save that passion and enmity for something that truly matters like fighting social injustice, poverty or…maybe, who looks better in those form-fitting spandex suits?

Now that’s an argument I can get into.