Why did Canadians boo an Australian athlete last night? Photo: RCubedPhoto
I was fortunate enough to have purchased a couple of tickets to the Feb 15th victory medal ceremonies a couple of months back. Who would have thought that my $22 purchase would have allowed me into BC Place stadium on the night Canada was awarded its first gold medal on home soil. What an experience! The only thing that slightly tainted the evening for me was when some of the attendees booed a video replay of Australia's Dale Begg-Smith's silver medal winning performance. Canadians are known around the world as a pretty polite group of folks, but that booing session caught the attention of the Australian press who report "Canada's reputation for good manners took a battering".
Thankfully, when Begg-Smith actually came out on stage to accept his medal, the boisterous majority drowned out the previous rudeness and provided him with a big cheer. Last night was a wonderful moment in Canadian history that the 20,000 people in attendance won't soon forget. It's too bad not everyone in the room realized that, and simply showed up to support the accomplishments of the world's best athletes.
Begg-Smith may not be a warm and fuzzy kind of guy. He clearly doesn't fit all the stereotypes of what we expect from our heroic athletes. But did he deserve to be booed? Not a chance. If you want to read what the Aussies are saying, click here. What do you think? Leave a comment below and let us know.