SOCHI (CBS DC) — The Netherlands’ speedskating coach is not a fan of American football.
Speaking to CNBC about why the U.S. was shutout in speedskating medals during the Sochi Winter Olympics, Jillert Anema said it was because Americans waste talent on a sport that is “meant to kill each other.”
“You have a lot of attention on a foolish sport like American football and you waste a lot of talent, athletic talent, on a sport that is meant to kill each other, to injure each other,” Anema told CNBC. “You’re so narrow-minded, and then you want to compete against the world when you waste a lot of time, good talent on a sport that sucks.”
Some American athletes have put the blame on the lack of medals on the new suit designed by Under Armour, claiming the suits were slowing them down. Anema said don’t blame the suit.
“We have found something that makes the suit very fast,” Anema said. “It’s the man in the suit.”
Anema also said that U.S. speedskating doesn’t receive the kind of support like the Dutch get back home.
“American speedskating depends on gifted skaters—very few. They have to work their own way and they have a lack of competition. They have a lack in support,” Anema told CNBC. “Once in four years America will all go and watch skating and then you need to bring medals home, but in the few years before they are not supported and you need the support, you need the competition, and I think that’s what went wrong.”
Anema believes that the U.S. won’t be able to catch the Dutch in speedskating in the years to come.
“When you come every four years, and you think there’s talent and a few lone wolves who are skating and that you can beat the world — there’s no way you can do that,” Anema said. “And you won’t beat us, not in four years, not in eight years.”
The U.S. has been shutout of a speedskating medal for the first time in 30 years while the Netherlands are assured of at least their 22nd speedskating medal when they compete Saturday against South Korea in the team pursuit final.