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Aya Yasuda, a Japanese athlete at her first Olympics, was disqualified on Monday from the Women’s Luge competition in Vancouver.
No, she didn’t get busted for juicing. And she wasn’t lying about her gender. She didn’t screw an Olympic judge. She didn’t put a hit on any of her opponents.
But she did accidentally bring too much weight with her to the Games.
Lemme ‘splain. From Yahoo! Sports:
“Yasuda, who tips the scales at a slender 60 kg (132 lbs), miscalculated the additional weight lugers are allowed to carry as ballast and failed the compulsory weigh-in after her first run at the Whistler Sliding Centre.
‘During a weight check at the finish of run one the athlete’s additional weight exceeded the maximum allowed which was 13.1 kilos,” race organisers said. “Her actual weight was 13.3 kilos.’”
Athletic disqualifiquasians don’t often shock me, but darn it all–this one does. I mean, an Asian busted for bad math? That’s like, UNTHINKABLE!
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Olympic Gold medalist, reigning world record holder in the 110-meter hurdles, and resident Chinese hottie, Liu Xiang, showed up at yesterday’s Prefontaine Classic ready to win–despite a kinda-sorta-maybe troubled hamstring. He didn’t get a chance to test the sturdiness of his bad leg, however, because he was disqualified after two false starts.
Wha?? A world champion getting DQ’d is just a buzzkill. And for Liu, the shock of the shame seemed to rattle him as he walked off the track with his backpack on, probably imagining how his father would chastise him on the phone later that evening (“Why did you put on the clothes and the shoes and get on your mark if you were not even going to race? Why do you dishonor your parents in front of entire world?”), but he still held his smile. Still, I’ve posted the photo above, a proud moment from the 2004 Olympics, just in case he’s reading this, to remind him of better daysians. They will come again!