PRIDE OVER FAME
Hamm, and others skip out on Olympics for MTV
NEW YORK - Olympic competitors like Paul Hamm (news - web sites) and Carly Patterson (news - web sites) are skipping out of the closing ceremony in Athens and heading to Miami for the MTV Video Music Awards Sunday, the New York Daily News reported.
Hamm is embroiled in controversy after president of the International Gymnastics Federation asked him to give up his all-around gold medal as the ultimate show of sportsmanship after a scoring error cost a South Korean athlete the medal.
But the leaders of the U.S. Olympic Committee took offense to that request and told the federation, known as FIG, to take responsibility for its own problem, not shift it over to Hamm.
Hamm, of Waukesha, Wis., also won two silver meals. Patterson, of Baton Rouge, La., won a gold and two silver medals in artistic gymnastics.
The Video Music Awards, which always has been held in either New York or Los Angeles, is venturing into new territory this year with the Miami show. The network plans to take advantage of the beach town: Celebrities will be ferried to the red carpet on luxury yachts.
KD EDITORIAL: YA KNOW AFTER READING THIS, THE PRIDE THAT AMERICAN OLYMPIANS HAVE FOR THEIR COUNTRY IS A DISGRACE, TO KNOW THAT THEY LEFT A CEREMONY THAT SHOWS PRIDE AND JOY FOR THIER COUNTRY TO BE APART OF THE FAMOUS AND EXTEND THEIR 15MINS OF FAME IS A JOKE, I DESPISE PAUL HAMM AND HOPES HE GIVES UP HIS GOLD MEDAL CUZ HE IS NOT A TRUE MEDALIST IN THE END AFTER ALL, BAD MOVE ASSHOLE. PEOPLE WORK THEIR LIVES TO WIN OLYMPIC GLORY AND NOW HE SHOWS OH OK I WON MY MEDALS NOW I GOTTA GET TO THE VMA'S FOR MTV. SOMEONE SHOUDL SERIOUSLY SHOOT PAUL HAMM...