"Because they don’t invest the kind of money in winter sports that
they do in football, he asserts they will never be as successful as other
countries like the Netherlands."The Netherlands has 22 medals,
only one in something that isn't speedskating. Talk about being a one-trick
says a guy that has dedicated his life to skating around a sheet of iceLOL!
Football, there is no greater game. Obviously football players are much more
likely to get injured than speed skaters. However, they are even more likely to
learn more of life's lessons (notice I did not say that you won't
learn life lessons competing in speed skating. I said you will learn more in
football), build more relationships, and certainly have a lot more fun! He can
have his Olympic gold medals every four years, but I already don't remember
I think the Dutch coach is absolutely correct. I know that if all of those 300+
pound football players turned their attention to ice skating that the USA would
have won every gold medal in the sport.
He's right that the US will probably never unseat them in speed skating.
We also won't beat Korea and China in table tennis. But it does seem a bit
foolish to say the U.S. can't compete at the Olympics because of how much
passion we put into football, considering that the U.S. is always at or near the
top of the medal count. It also seems silly given the fact that the Netherlands
actually spends more time fussing over soccer than speed skating--a sport they
will only very rarely, if ever, win a world cup or Olympic medal in.
I once saw a bumper sticker that said, "If you ain't Dutch, you
ain't much". I wonder if it was on his car.
Just let them try skating on the "frozen tundra" in Green Bay!
Was there any football players competing in the olympic speed skating? What kind
of talk is that? No, I didn't complained to anyone but wondering what went
wrong in this event for USA.
Though he will be ridiculed across the country for this, he has a point. There
is only so much athletic talent to spread around sport and if you pry top
athletes away from Olympic sports with money and fame, of course your prospects
will be diminished. I'm absolutely certain that numerous
athletes could have medaled in Olympic events had they not been playing
professional football. Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders come to mind as top famous
candidates. But that's only a negative situation if you think
American football is preferable to the generally more basic human feats of
athleticism displayed in the Olympics.
@morpunkt, that was probably my car you saw :) Hey, for such a tiny country,
we're not doing all that bad, huh.
He makes some interesting points, although the current medal count does not
suggest that the Dutch have a particuarly diverse set of athletic powerhouses.
This is funny stuff! I have to wonder if the Dutch skater who broke the
world's record by a stunning margin in this Olympics was tested for PEDs.
The reality is, everyone can do what they choose to do. Big deal.
I still say this controvesy is amusing.
There are 18.7 times more people living in the US compared to the Netherlands.
Therefore, we should have 18.7 times more medals than they do. We do not. His
point is valid but probably not going to be taken seriously by Americans, in
general. We do well enough in the Olympic sports to maintain our pride while
enjoying the luxury of seeing our best athletes compete in football, basketball
Question for this dutch coach. Remind me again which country is leading the
medal count in these Olympics? I get the gist of what this coach is trying to
say but his using of American football to make his point is a bit odd. The U.S
is a country with over 300 million people living in it with interests in a
variety of different sports. This is the first time in a long time, the U.S has
come away empty handed in speed skating. The American media would not be making
a deal about this if it wasn't an event they take pride in and take
seriously. This coach is very aware of the history of American success in the
Winter games, he just can't help himself by rubbing salt in the wound.
That is part of it. Our strongest and fastest male athletes end up in the NFL.
But many or our best do become Olympians. I also found that half of
the world's speed skating tracks are in the Netherlands while here in the
US, there are only 4 (Salt Lake, Minneapolis, Milwaukee and Lake Placid). I
wonder if our hopes will improve if we make a commitment to build speed skating
tracks in populated cities like Chicago and Boston.
American football coach: Dutch have won no Super Bowls because country loves
'a foolish sport like speedskating'.In all seriousness, I
love Olympic sports and I love it when Americans do well in them. But
let's look at how the U.S. stacks up in "worldwide" sports:-
We are the best in the world at basketball.- We've won the
women's soccer World Cup multiple times.- We've been to the
semifinals of the men's soccer World Cup.- We do just fine in
golf.- We're more than competitive in cycling.- We typically
win the medal count at the summer Olympics.- We typically win the medal
count at the winter Olympics.The only "world" sport we
don't really do well at is baseball, but that's OK because baseball
isn't even a real sport.I think our athletic breadth and depth
is just fine, thank you. Let's see how the Dutch stack up.
Actually the US has been a speed skating powerhouse in the not so distant past.
We've had fabulous skaters in sprit and distance events. The US skaters won
most of the world championship titles just a few weeks before the Sochi
Olympics.The dogs may bark but the caravan moves on. Go
His comments are true for the sport of soccer as well. We could add any number
of sports that are more popular internationally.It is true that in
the US a large share of our athletes migrate towards American football,
baseball, and basketball. It is true that if we didn't have those American
sports, the athletes, such as Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, Karl
Malone, Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, and hundreds of other star athletes may have
instead been superstars in ice skating, or the soccer pitch, or at table
tennis.But we do enjoy our college football, our NBA, our NFL. I
think we are happy with our successes, in general.I would like to
challenge the Dutch to compete against Seattle on the American football field.
Obviously, speed skating is important to the Dutch, they put a lot into it and
they do well at that sport - that is fine! Congratulations. Congratulations to
others who do well at other Olympic events. Excellence in one sport does not
guarantee excellence in a different one. I think the point is we need to improve
our skating training program; perhaps a few more ice skating rinks in strategic
areas can be helpful as well. Here in the USA, we don't have to give up on
our favorite sports to improve in others.
He must be right because I've watched all sort of football this past season
and not a single minute of the Olympics. But then winter Olympic sports are
best participated in (except hockey) than watched; ditto with most summer
First of all there are a lot more Americans than Dutchmen, so we can spare
funneling a few thousand extra athletes into football. Winning at olympic games
comes down to financial resources. If you don't pump as much money into
speed skating as you do football then your speed skaters won't be as good
as your football players. America just doesn't spend as much money on speed
The real marvel of the Winter Olympics is Norway. A country less than 1/3 the
size of the Netherlands. Yet this country of 5 million people is a Winter
Olympics powerhouse that has earned more medals than any other country
throughout the history of the Winter Olympics. That is the real story. How do
they keep doing it? It really is quite amazing.
where are all the dutch medals in track and field?
@Eliot"There are 18.7 times more people living in the US compared to
the Netherlands. Therefore, we should have 18.7 times more medals than they do.
We do not. His point is valid "The problem with his point is
that it's a criticism of the US's investment in winter sports as a
whole. The US is still on top of the medal board with medals in a large variety
of events while the Netherlands has absolutely nothing other than speedskating
(except one medal... in short track speed skating). I won't
pretend there aren't things the US is weak in, like curling, and perhaps
most notably in the summer games team handball where the US was dead last in a
regional qualifier to even try and get to the Olympics (now that is definitely
one we're harmed by when we direct our athletes to something like
basketball instead). So there's some validity... but it is not as broadly
applicable as the coach suggests, and the Netherlands is certainly no shining
example of a complete winter program unlike Canada or Norway.
No worries here. He probably dated a beautiful American woman once, and when she
beat him at his own sport, he decided to become Anti-American, and this was his
chance to get back at her. Of course, in return she will now show
him the Millions her American Football player husband makes in comparison to his
pay as a Ice Skating Coach.
Despite the fact that the headline does not represent what the coach said, he
has a valid point. Unfortunately, Americans in general do not accept any
criticism or feedback from foreigners. If is a fact that most of the winter
Olympic sports are totally ignored by Americans until the Olympics begin. If we
gave even a small portion of the money we sink into football, baseball, and
basketball to the winter sports, we would probably bring home gold medals in
His country is as guilty as he says ours is, just in a different sport.
Meanwhile we lose with dignity while he gloats like a child winning a blue dart
The original concept of the Olympics was to be an individual sport. That is, it
was forbidden for countries to keep a medal count for the country. The ideal was
to promote good will by individuals. Hitler ruined that with the 1936 Olympics.
From then on it has become just another competition between countries for
national pride. It's even more divisive than ever. It is just another
political event. Let's face it, it is just a big money maker for a few
elitists on the Olympic selection committee. That explains the addition of
professional athletes instead of limiting it to amateur athletes.
It's kind of dumb to make a blanket assumption that football players make
good speed skaters. Does that mean that speed skaters make good football
I'll stick with football. Actually I wish it was an Olympic sport. I like
watching speed skating in the Olympics, but that's about all I can take.
once every 4 years is enough for me.One should not brag about their sport
though because things always have a way of turning on the bragger.
And the Dutch will never win a SuperBowl. So what? Let's get on with
Sounds like someone didn't get tickets to the superbowl this year.
It's ok, it was fairly one sided.
I propose $.05 skating, curling, and biathlon taxes that get added to each MLB,
NFL, and NBA ticket and then directed to those Olympic sports so we can regain
our national pride from the Dutch. Now I know why I was in such a blue funk
these last couple of weeks!
The country that should really feel ridiculous is Brazil. 198 million to 16
million for the Netherlands. Where are their ice skating medals? Where are
their skiing medals?
You know, I was going to sign my kid up for the speed skating league because,
you know, they're everywhere. But he said, oh yeah, that sounds incredibly
boring! Now maybe if you combined football and ice skating... Oh yeah,
it's called hockey!
@Brave Sir RobinWe aren't always the best in basketball and
some of the best players in America aren't even Americans. We aren't
even close to the best in men's soccer and our best cyclers have been
"juiced." Your comment about baseball not being a real sport hopefully
is "tongue in cheek." A recent poll showed NBA basketball to be
preferred by only 3% of polled fans, while baseball was preferred by 14%. Of
course, American pro football was the clear winner at 47%. To the point--I
couldn't possibly care less what some Dutchman thinks of American
football. When Hans Brinker can hit like Babe Ruth or throw a forward pass like
Payton Manning or fight like Muhammed Ali, I'll take his criticism of
American athletes seriously.
Medal CountUSA 27Netherlands 22
Let him have his 15 minutes of fame!! They earned it. It is what they do.
However.... does he remember SLC 2002? If memory serves me well, the
Netherlands and USA both received 8 speed skating medals. I don't think we
played football back then.
What Mr Anema is really saying is that had is country not spent so much time
concentrating on ice skating, the Netherlands would NOT have been relegated to
a mere European national pushover in SOCCER! Indeed, Mr Anema's
remarks were his way of saying, via 'talk around' that his own
country has become the FOOTBALL punching bag equivalent for true European
powerhouses such as Spain, Germany and Great Britain -- national criticism
shrouded in a flimsy rant about our NFL, his way of knocking a clear weakness in
the Dutch loss of influence in football - in Europe and the World Cup!
I'm caught in the middle. Married to a Dutch woman and also a huge
football fan. I guess I was insulted by the coaches comment that American
football sucks. Then my wife read the same article and said the coach was right
on. What could I say? What could I do? Well, I kept my mouth shut and just
kept my orange blanket around me with my orange hat on and kept cheering for the
Dutch speed skating team.Next fall when football season starts
I'll get my revenge.
Oh my goodness, how dumb can you be!No]t only did he offend a large part
of the US people by saying that American Football is a foolish sport, bur also
he made the Dutch people look narrow minded.I can't believe that he
called the Americans narrow minded, because they like American Football.I
am ashamed of what the Dutch speed skate coach said.I apologise for people
Okay guys, he's a coach who is proud of what his team has achieved. I
watched the interview and laughed. He has typically Dutch humor. In Holland
Americans are known to be proud of their country, and how everything is bigger
and better in the U.S. Well, the Dutch beat them in ice skating. That is
something to be proud of. Football, according to the Dutch is boring. I, as a
former Dutchie, still think it's boring after living here for more than 35
years. Fifteen minutes can stretch into a couple of hours. I watch the super
bowl for the advertisements! But the Americans like them. Soccer has a lot of
action, and all the good soccer players are bought up by other clubs in Europe.
So let this tiny country (and it is much much smaller than Norway) enjoy its day
of glory. Some day the U.S. will win again.....
The Dutch have a long tradition with speed skating, made familiar to Americans
by the story of of Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates in the 1860s. It is one
sport where they have been traditionally strong, but I fail to think of another
sport, summer or winter, where they excel.
I'm not out of breath about his comments. After all, he shows
himself--probably unintentionally--to be a bit of a hypocrite. He enjoyed
watching the Super Bowl and admits to being a Jazz fan. What a laugh!
They are good at skating and legalized prostitution. Talk about how deadly
Current medal count: USA 27, Netherlands 24. He has a good point in that we
would beat them even worse if we dedicated all that football talent into winter
I'm extremely patriotic and I love football, but I have to say, this Dutch
coach gave me a good laugh. Maybe we should ask the Dutch speed-skating team to
make our suits for the 2018 winter Olympics.
If there are 22 medals for speed skating, surely they could make football an
Olympic Event (summer or winter, I don't care). I would love
to see US vs Netherlands in American(real) Football.
It's time for America to do something besides sit on the couch watching
football.It was fun while it lasted but GeeZ! Look at the cost of
healthcare to take care of all the unhealthy super fans out there.We
can't blame Obama for everything. Just Benghazi and his other lies.
The U.S. may not have won many speed skating medals in this Olympics but those
tough football playing American boys sure beat the socks off the Germans who
were holding the Dutch people prisoners during World War II. Then the football
playing American taxpayers rebuilt the Netherlands after the war so the Dutch
could pursue speed skating.
Try and tell Ono, Parra, and Heiden that. A whole bunch of gold metals between