a fly in the buttermilk indeed
What a truly sad commentary on the state of race affairs STILL in this country that a young black man, inprobably involved in what is traditionally a lily-white sport, actually succeeds and is accused of not being friendly/team spirited/charming to the interviewer/whatever enough. he has had nothing but smears, has been called "nigger", been accused of not really deserving his place and so on and yet he has persevered.
His mother has sacrificed and dedicated her life to giving him this opportunity (and has been called numerous names for her efforts). The black 1950s tennis player Althea Gibson was called "ruthless" (what else would you be to win??)
This young man is nineteen, is disciplined, focused and at the top of his game, and whatever his detractors say, he won. He does not owe whiney nay-sayers any kind of explanation nor does he have to k$ss ass for sponsors. Is is quite possible his greatest aspiration is NOT to be the face on a wheaties box.
And yes, of course the Swiss woman Tanja Frieden "won" the snowcross! The turtle "won" the race, its whoever crosses the line first
Having been around horse racing a while, many favorites stumble, run out of gas, whatever down the final stretch and here comes some steady runner from behind to win. That horse is definitely considered "the winner".