VANCOUVER, Feb 23 (Reuters) - Sven Kramer, the overwhelming favourite to win the men’s 10,000 metres, had his golden expectations shattered with a jaw dropping blunder when he was disqualified for crossing into the wrong lane on Tuesday.
Kramer, the 5,000m champion who was eyeing an Olympic triple gold haul in Vancouver, crossed over into the inner lane at his confused coach’s instruction with eight laps to go and squandered a certain gold.
The 23-year-old Dutchman finished more than four seconds faster than Lee Seung-hoon of South Korea, but the shocking error handed gold to former short track skater Lee, who had finished second behind Kramer in the 5,000m.
“I am furious,” Kramer, who at first blamed his coach before accepting some responsibility, told reporters.
An 18-year-old Minnesota man was ice fishing for the first time when he heard some small-caliber rifle firing on the lake shore. This kind of occurrence is not uncommon in Minnesota. He went back to tending his line and pulled in his first walleye. Moments later he was lying face down on the ice with blood coming out of his head. Some overzealous environmental protector shot him in the head. Or, more likely, it was a ricochet or accidental shot. The young man rushed to the emergency room where doctors said that he was fine. He found the bullet on the ice, but police confiscated his trophy. They have no other leads in the case. Still, it was probably more fun that ice climbing.