Friday, February 14, 2014

American figure skater sends profane message to haters

(USA TODAY Sports Images)

American figure skater Jeremy Abbott lived through his worst nightmare not once, but twice this week, as he suffered two brutal falls during Olympic competition.

The most recent fall came Thursday night in his individual short program when he went crashing into the wall. To his credit, he got back up and finished his routine, and actually performed quite well considering the circumstances.

However, some aren't applauding Abbott for his efforts, but rather highlighting the fact that he fell on the ice twice in two different competitions. That led Abbott to unleash a profane message to the haters during a Friday press conference.

“I would just hold my middle finger in the air and say a big ‘[expletive]‘ to everyone who has ever said that to me because they have never stood in my shoes.

“They’ve never had to do what I had to do. Nobody has to stand center ice before a million people and put an entire career on the line for eight minutes of their life when they’ve been doing it for 20-some years. And if you don’t think that that’s not hard, you’re a damn idiot.

“So some people can handle it better than others, but everyone has that mental struggle, everyone goes through the same doubts. I am not alone. They just come at different times and different moments. Some people have their moment at the Olympics, and some have theirs at the national championships.

“I’m proud to be standing here. I’m a four-time national champion and a two-time Olympian, and no one can take that away from me. So whatever people have to say about me, that’s their own problem because I’m freaking proud of what I’ve done and I’m not going to apologize for any of it.”

*drops mic*

Well said.

Via For the Win (Photo: USA Today)

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