I regret the poor sportsmanship that one of the women who competed in the shorter baton relay showed. She ran forward without grasping the baton, and
Accidents can happen, and I understand the US relay teams do not practice as much as some other relay teams. Some nations pick their four athletes weeks or more in advance and practice the relay, over and over, with the same people in the same legs, getting down the transfer.
Unfortunately, the lady who did not grasp the baton insisted that the American team was the best team out there.
No, it wasn't. If the task includes three baton transfers, and most of the other teams accomplish them, but the American team doesn't, it is NOT the best team out there. It might consist of the fastest runners (I don't know that this was true, but she thought so)--but the best team must do all that the rules require, including the transfers.
I saw other American athletes who made mistakes, even major mistakes, without showing such poor sportsmanship. If the other team does better, be gracious in acknowledging that--for that day--they are the better team.
P.S. When she reached back for the baton, she did not make a C with her hand, as you are supposed to do. She kept it flat, and thus was not in a good grasping position.
There were a few bad sportsmanship incidents in the games this year.
Your incident was mild to some.
One was a kickboxer type sport I think, where the loser smacked the referee.
Another was the bronze medal winner (Russian I believe ) who threw his medal on the floor in disgust, both were banned for life from the olympics as far as I know.
I suppose when the American athlete said they were the best team she may have been referring to to their speed and times already clocked up and
providing they successfully had have passed the baton they would have romped home, but many a slip between cup and lip/ on another note about the
Chinese Olympics I found some of the refereeing decisions bizarre and biased, favouring some Asiatic athletes. the worst decision I ever saw in an
Olympics happened in 1988 in Seoul where an American boxer called Roy Jones was blatantly robbed by the officials in favour of a South Korean, who had
taken a real hiding from Jones. who later went on to be one of the best pound for pound boxers of all time, the verdict stunk, jmb
ps to all our American viewers that is the British way of spelling favour
and favourite and not favorite and favor jmb