Women’s figure skating gold medalist Kim Yu-na outscored her competitors by a wide margin. As reported by the LA Times (here) and other news outlets, here’s how 1984 men’s figure skating champion and sports announcer Scott Hamilton described Yu-na’s performance:
“Yuna is like Seabiscuit, a champion who found a way of breaking others’ will,” Hamilton said.
I liked Scott Hamilton as a skater and I (generally) like him as a commentator, but couldn’t he come up with a better comparison? Something other than the women’s gold medalist was like a horse? Yeah, yeah, Seabiscuit dominated horse racing, but surely Hamilton is more creative than that.
This isn’t the first time that women athletes have been compared to horses — no, wait, that horses have been considered “women athletes.” Remember the Fox Sports list of Top Women Athletes, blogged by Ann here? Scott Hamilton, please don’t stoop to Fox’s level.