Jillert Anema (left).
CNBC spoke this week with Dutch speedskating coach Jillert Anema about his country’s crazy-dominant performance at the Sochi games — 21 medals, six of them gold, with a 22nd already guaranteed in men’s team pursuit. And Anema has a hot take on why the Dutch are performing so much better than the Americans, who’ve been disappointing from Shani Davis on down, in the sport.
“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. … You’re so narrow-minded, and then you want to compete against the world [in other sports] when you waste a lot of time, good talent on a sport that sucks.”
Shows how much this guy knows! Getting injured isn’t the point of football. It’s just something that happens to occur like 40 or 50 times a game, by accident, because of Toughness.
Anema also made some frankly ridiculous comments about the relative value of Olympic medals:
“I think that the gold medal in speedskating is just as valuable as the gold medal in basketball, and we won 22. You’ll never win 22 in basketball.”
In point of fact, the United States has won 21 of the 28 gold medals awarded in men’s and women’s basketball, with numbers 22 and 23 on the way the next time the Summer Olympics come around, so think about that, Holland.
Jillert Anema needs to check himself before he “gets dunked on by LeBron and has to go to the hospital”s himself.