Who said what at the Beijing Olympics?
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Beijing (AFP) – The Beijing Olympics conclude Sunday, drawing the curtain on more than two weeks of sporting – and otherwise – drama.
Here are some of the best quotes of the past few days:
“Why did you let it go? why did you let it go Tell me.”
— Kamila Valieva’s coach Eteri Tutberidze after the Russian teenager fell multiple times in the figure skating final.
“It was terrifying to see.”
— President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach on Tutberidze’s reaction.
“Right now I feel like a joke.”
— US ski star Mikaela Shiffrin after her third fall at the Games.
“I had a glass of wine before the Super-G.”
— The Swiss Michelle Gisin on the secret of winning gold.
“From zero to 10, my physical condition is about a five.”
— Italy’s Sofia Goggia on winning a downhill silver three weeks after a horrific fall.
“It changed my life forever.”
— China’s 18-year-old Eileen Gu on her first Olympics, where she won three medals.
“The most important thing is love. Snowboarding is not just about the competition.”
— Chinese teenager Su Yiming after winning snowboard Big Air gold.
“A halfpipe is a skier’s canvas… It’s our art form.”
— New Zealander Nico Porteous after winning freeski gold.
“Sometimes it feels like her heart isn’t in the right place, it feels like it’s a game of greed.”
— British freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy criticizes the International Olympic Committee.
“I only know the attack mode.”
— US bobsledder Elana Meyers Taylor, who won silver and bronze.
“Apparently the whole town is in the pub and they’re going to be cheering pretty loud.”
— Australian bobsledder Kiara Reddingius on how her small hometown is supporting her.
“I was lucky I didn’t land on my head and maybe got a little pillow from the cameraman.”
— Finnish freeskier Jon Sallinen after colliding with a cameraman on the halfpipe.
“We say that Nordic combined is the game of madmen.”
— Two-time bronze medalist Akito Watabe.
“We just finished our second puzzle today. Both were pizza cats—cats in space with pizza.”
– Canada’s Cynthia Appiah on enjoying herself within the confines of Covid restrictions.
“It was really a lot of exhausting days, especially mentally. I don’t wish it on anyone.”
– German figure skater Nolan Seegert on his isolation after testing positive for Covid.
“Play mode, baby. Turn on the beast.”
— US freestyle skier Aaron Blunck trains in the halfpipe.
“It’s a bit like being in a shark tank.”
— Skier Joana Haehlen on the fight for one of the three Swiss places in the women’s downhill.
“I thought that was an absolutely ridiculous decision.”
– Britain’s cross-country skier Andrew Musgrave after his race was shortened by 20km due to strong winds.
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