Dutch Olympic athletes throw giant fake medal into crowd, injure women
An Olympic gold medalist from Netherlands has apologized after accidentally injuring two women with a massive mock medal.
Sven Kramer, a Dutch speed skater who already has Olympic medals under his belt, was celebrating his latest bronze medal at the Pyeongchang Games earlier this week when the incident occurred.
While at a party at the Olympic village’s Heineken House, members of the Netherlands team passed around a giant mock gold medal. Kramer and his teammates, Jan Blokhuijsen, Patrick Roest and Koen Verweij, then picked up the medal and tossed it into the crowd.
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But members of the crowd weren’t able to hoist up the massive medal and pass it around like the athletes had hoped.
The incident left two women injured, including one who was taken to hospital with a cut, according to Dutch newspaper De Telegraf.
Kramer posted an apology over the incident on Twitter Wednesday, writing in Korean.
A rough translation of the message reads: “I apologize for the injury last night in the Heineken House representing our team. You came here to cheer the Netherlands’ ice sports team. But accidents happen and I apologize for this. And I hope for a quick recovery.”
While this wasn’t Netherland’s proudest moment at the 2018 Winter Olympics, the country has been doing fairly well in the competition.
As of Friday, Dutch athletes had nabbed 18 medals, including eight golds.
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