There's so much big money involved in world-class sport, politics inevitably appear. That 15,000 people would spontaneously and suddenly write like-minded threatening messages to Apollo Ohno is far fetched: Apart from spin doctors at the NBC Television Network, nobody ever heard of this guy until last week. Obviously, there is organization behind the message-writing; and just as obviously its base motivation is one of politics.
Jimmy Carter, a man for whom I voted and whom I still otherwise admire, started all this malarkey with that stupid boycott of the 1980 Olympic Games â€” destroying the dreams and efforts of hundreds of our nation's young athletes in the name of politics. Since then, the Games have been a political forum for every chest-thumping nationalist with a big mouth. It's just Korea's turn, that's all.
P.S.: Ohno wasn't disqualified. His opponent from Korea was disqualified. It's the Koreans who are upset.