Welcome to the world of former Japanese Prime Minister Mori Yoshiro (surname first) who thought it best to kick an Olympic athlete when they are down.
Yoshiro, the former Prime Minister was appointed one month ago as the head of the 2020 Tokyo (Sumner) Olympics organizing committee.
He chose to snipe at Japanese figure skater Asada Mao (Photo above of her at the end of her final skate), who at the age of 27 is a two-time world champion and an Olympic Silver medalist at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games.
She was the only woman at the Olympics who had a triple Axel in her program, and is indeed one of the few women to have ever landed one.
Unfortunately, in her short program on February 19, she missed her triple Axel, and never recovered... and performed poorly.
Mori, feeling that it was his right to criticize someone clearly more athletic than himself accused Asada of "always falling at the most critical time."
He continued his poor sportsmanship by blaming it all on the fact that she had earlier skated in a team event competition, which he said caused her not to have enough energy left in the tank.
"We shouldn't have taken part in the team competition," Mori says "The psychological damage (Asada) incurred must have remained," for the short program.
Have another okonomiyaki (Japanese pancake) you dumb bastard.
Asada did fall during the team event as Japan came in 5th place.
Too gracious to respond, Asada did what an athlete can only do. She skated.
In the final Free Skate long program, Asada performed Rachmaninoff's "Piano Concerto No. 1" in what might be the world's last chance to see her skate. She had already announced her retirement from the sport following these Games, though she might still perform at the world championships next month in Japan.
In her final skate, Asada hit her opening triple Axel and was awesome to the finish, with a triple flip/triple loop, double axel-triple toe, triple-flip-double-loop-double-loop, triple loop, spins and spirals and footwork.
She earned a a SB 147.71 for the free dance, 198.22 overall. It was enough to raise her to 16th place overall... well below where she herself expected to be, but after the short performance debacle, her final skate was a fitting conclusion.
Mori, not knowing when to shut his dumbass mouth was also critical of Japanese ice dancers Chris and Cathy Reed, who were born in Kalamazoo, Michigan (see HERE for an article on them), but compete for Japan. "They live in America," Mori complains. "Although they are not good enough for the U.S. team in the Olympics, we included these naturalized citizens on the team."
Japan... with Mori running the show right now for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, you currently has an asshole who knows nothing of sportsmanship.
Why would Japan want a person like that running a world event where sports and sportsmanship should be at the forefront.
For shame, Mori. It's obvious you can't see the trees for the forest.
PS: Mori, when translated to English means "Forest".