i imagine the Wisconsin hayseed is surrounded by a posse of slick PR managers and Wheaties marketing goons all screaming at him to "keep the gold at any cost!"
Not wanting to swap for a silver I can vaguely understand, but TBH, he really has no excuse for not sharing the gold under the circumstances. It's not like he'd be the first to have ever had to do so, and the marketing types would still get to say he's a gold medalist and go home happy..
I think I'd have a really hard time seriously competing in a sport wherein you could go out there and bust your ass better than anyone else, only to have some idiot judge get involved and crush your dreams.
I really do think there is something in the notion that a "true Olympian" would do the right thing and acknowledge the achievement of his peer. I mean, who better than the athletes themselves should understand that what's really important is the effort, skill and determination it takes to reach Olympic status in a sport?
Of course, they have rule-books that say otherwise, but IMO 0.049 points of difference between the two in a subjective event like this one is a fucking tie and he knows it..Especially
if the goddamn judges are seen to be maintaining their usual impeccable Olympic standards
I say step up and show you've got a pair, Hamm (unless, of course, clinging to the gold is helping you to compensate for unknown deficiencies in that dept). Say the judges are on the crack, Yang kicked-ass, and you think he deserves to share the victory. NOBODY would have a problem with you taking that position (although, admittedly it's a bit late now). In fact, many people will think this shows very good character on your part, and use phrases like "strong moral fibre", and "excellent sportsmanship - he's a real
Olympian" when describing you. The chicks will lap it up, among other things (unless, of course, see above ;)) Best of all, the story will go away with everyone thinking what a nice young man you appear to be.
As it stands now, you're going to be remembered as Paul 'oh, you mean that guy who probably won a silver but was awarded a gold because of some kind of judging irregularity and lots of people thought it should have gone to the Korean, but he said that it looked like even the Korean might have made a mistake too, so nobody knew what to think, but he went on Letterman and said he wasn't going to share the gold anyway' Hamm.
Solid. Your grandchildren will weep with pride when you tell them about it (unless, of course, .. )
"... this has ALL been done before, better and by people who are slightly more competent than a pack of one eyed gerbils on acid."
I'm not even angry. I'm being so sincere right now, even though you broke my heart and killed me.