The snow-spangled banner at Olympic Games

February 15, 2018

Olympic gold medalist Shaun White acquitted himself pretty well after allowing the American flag to drag behind him on the snow as he walked from the medal ceremony.

Wow, we didn’t want to see that. At the same time, it’s certainly understandable that with the thrill of the win and the need to juggle heavy gloves and more –- he didn’t win the gold for juggling, after all –- he might have accidentally let the flag slip from his grasp and drag on the snow without realizing it. Still, it would have been nice for him to remember at his moment of glory that he had just won for the USA and to take pride in holding that flag as high as he could. Some took to Twitter to ream him out six ways from Sunday for disrespecting the flag, but others sympathized. And his apology did seem genuine.

“I remember being handed the flag,” he said, “but I was trying to put on my gloves and hold the flag and get the board. Honestly, if there was anything, I definitely didn’t mean any disrespect." He added, “The flag that’s flying on my house right now is way up there.”

I’ll bet somebody went over there right away to check.


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I’d like to think that this isn’t one more example of Americans taking for granted the freedoms symbolized by the Stars & Stripes. We’ve seen way too much disrespect, and it's getting worse in some corners of our land. But in this case, it doesn’t really seem to be that. I hope Shaun --- and every one of us --- realizes that if he’d been part of the North Korean team and had disrespected his nation’s flag on the world stage like that, he would have been summarily stood up against a wall and shot. His family, too. After brutal torture. Yay, USA!

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Comments 1-2 of 2

  • HL

    02/15/2018 12:27 PM

    After he had found out he won the gold, he was handed the US Flag. He wrapped it around himself for a few seconds and then as he was was walking off, the flag was being drug through the snow and he was STEPPING ON IT!!! So not cool!!! That moment of pride I felt after he won the gold was quickly replaced by disgust. Now I find out he did it again after the medal ceremony???? I’m sorry, once I can see it being an accident... but twice? To me, I t shows he didn’t care about the flag. I don't buy his story.

  • Teri Zumbusch

    02/15/2018 12:03 PM

    I agree he was so caught up in the moment and when they 1st handed him that flag he flew it Hi you look back at the tape he did and then he had to gather all that stuff together and carry it with him and I did notice that it was dragging its just unfortunate that in this mentality we have right now there isn't just a little more understanding because everybody's looking for something to jump on and make somebody wrong for. I'm sad that his incredibly glorious moment has been tainted by that and by the bringing up of something from a youthful past but that's the world we live in right now I'm so happy for him and I hope that is joy has not been to stolen because of any of this he worked hard to overcome and make it to that podium and he deserves to get to bask in the glory of that without all the rest of this ridiculousness. Somehow grace needs to abound