As you may remember from THIS story Sven Kramer's long-time coach took full responsibility for the Dutch super star's skating mistake which cost Kramer the gold medal in the 10,000 meter final.
After the race Kramer was furious with his coach.
Kramer made what looked like an amateurish mistake when he failed to switch lanes just about at the halfway point of the race, and was thus disqualified but he failed to make the lane change based on frantic instructions from his coach.
Kramer's coach, Gerard Kemkers, was devastated and took responsibility for the gaffe.
"We had a good talk. It's a hard time for both of us, but in the end it will be good," Kramer said today. "I've won so many races with him and that doesn't get lost in one moment," he added.
Kemkers, for his part, stressed the long term nature of their relationship.
"We have worked together for five or six years now and we have done so many great things," Kemkers said. "If the relationship is strong, you can deal with these kinds of things."
You may recall from THIS
recent story that the Dutch Speed Skater Sven Kramer was already in the
news after a controversial remark to a NBC Olympics reporter.
You may recall from THIS recent story that the Dutch Speed Skater Sven Kramer was already in the news after a controversial remark to a NBC Olympics reporter.
When asked to say his name by an NBC Olympics reporter the Dutch skating super star responded by asking the reporter if she was stupid. The reporters question and Kramer's response sparked an international debate about the ignorance of Americans, as well as the ignorance of the America media.
You can watch that video here HERE.
Today Kramer said that his emotions got the better part of his judgment.
"I was very emotional and normally you have to go right after the race to the mix zone, but I was not in a state that I was able to [there] - it was too hot for me," he said.
"I was on my way to go to the locker room and get some rest and that's when they told me that I had to go to the mix zone and at that moment, it was a little too much for me. I did something wrong, it was an emotional thing and I want to say sorry for that," he added.