2010 Winter Olympic unsportmanlike medal belongs to Evgeni Plushenko of Russia for continuing to whimper of finishing 2nd in the men's figure skating championship. Pleshenko's actions have landed him on thin ice in newspapers from around the globe.
Plushenko ungraciously started attacking American gold medal winner Evan Lysacek's performance.
"You can't be considered a true men's champion without a quad," Plushenko told Russian state television RTR. "If [the] Olympic champion doesn't know how to jump a quad, it isn't men's figure skating, it's men's ice dancing," Plushenko said.
Plushenko and the Russian team had unsuccessfully sought to make quadruple jumps a permanent part of Olympic competition. By all accounts, Plushenko's performance was flawed even though he did complete a quad while Lysacek did not (wasn't required). Lysacek apparently took a safer route by sticking to a less challenging but strategically correct routine which netted gold.
Plushenko even went so far as to post a false picture on his personal website wearing a platinum medal. Get a grip man, you lost. Be a true champion by acting like one. Enough officials thought Lysacek made fewer gaffe's and skated a cleaner routine. Whether or not it was harder isn't the main issue. To win gold a skater must show a near perfect skate. Plushenko was far from perfect. Lysacek was the best on ice that night.
Get over it Plushenko. Is wasn't the quad, or lack of one, which cost you gold. It was your performance. Deal with it!