I do not like Ara Abrahamian. Abrahamian is the Swedish wrestler who won bronze in the Olympics. He believed that he was robbed of a chance to wrestle for gold in his semifinal match. He stormed off after the match in question, but later returned to wrestle for bronze. He won.
It was his actions that followed his winning that disgusted me. Abrahamian went to the podium, momentarily accepted the medal, only to walk to the middle leave the medal in disgust and then leave the arena without so much as a word to any of his opponents. The epitome of class really.
I wrote three different posts about this:
Car Trouble, a Bronze Medal to Ara Abrahamian, and Swedish Disgrace
Swedish Olympic Wrestler Ara Abrahamian
Ara Abrahamian - Swedish Olympic Wrestler Loses Bronze Medal
The first of which generated some lovely comments demonstrating that there were a lot of Swedes that didn’t agree with me. At all. They see his actions as some sort of political protest against the evils of the wrestling world. They were, and continue to be, vociferous in their support for the man. Maybe it was because he walked out of the arena with his fist raised a la Tommie Smith and John Carlos at the Mexico City Olympics in 1968. I don’t know. Because it’s nowhere near the same level. And to compare it to that is frankly somewhat insulting to issues that actually deserve some sort of protest.
However you look at it, Abrahamian had a slight change of heart. At least to some degree. Because he made an effort to get his medal back. You know, after he left it on the mat in disgust. He was just kidding apparently.
Turns out the Court of Arbitration for Sport didn’t think he was kidding. They are keeping the medal. Abrahamian will not have his bronze medal reinstated. And I’m glad. He made his decision when he left the medal on the ground. He made his decision when he walked out of the ceremony. He made his decision when he made no effort to apologize in any way. Now he gets to live with that decision.
Welcome to Sweden. Where Swedish wrestlers have a change of heart. Six months later.