Friday, November 19, 2010

'Quirky' female swimmer wins gold medal

The Joongang Ilbo reports on swimmer Jeong Da-rae's gold medal victory, saying she
won over fans with an unexpected Asiad gold medal in the 200-meter breaststroke on Wednesday night, but she’s drawing plenty more attention for her good looks and oddball characteristics.
At least half of the articles about her have the 얼짱 photo below (courtesy the Sports Chosun (as if that's a surprise)):

The article goes on to portray Jeong as an 'oddball' for crying (see here as well):

As if Korean medal winners of both genders don't often shed tears upon winning their first gold medal [1 2 3 4 5 6 7]. It's not oddball at all, but I guess some reason is needed to ogle her. The Joongang Ilbo article also mentions her quirky expressions...

...and adds this:
Another comical scene ensued when she was asked by photographers to strike a pose afterwards. Jeong bit down hard on her gold medal, drawing a quizzical expression from the bronze medalist, Ji Liping of China.
(From here.)

Again, as if biting a gold medal isn't a pretty common thing for Korean medal winners - or any medal winners - to do.


Brian said...

Wow, mundane facial expressions are "quirky"?

Well, there was a national sensation when a badminton player winked at the camera, so there you go. We should just be thankful no damn Asian poses were used.

Darth Babaganoosh said...

Seriously? This is news?

Can't they be proud they got another fucking gold in their medal tally?