While Kemkers has accepted full blame for the gaffe, Kramer isn't throwing his coach under the bus. He told the Associated Press that "at the end of the day, it is my responsibility. I am the skater on the ice, I have to do it."
To his credit, it seems like Kramer is already ready to put the whole situation behind him. According to the New York Times:
"I'm not a person that is really mad for a long time," he said. "It doesn't help me, it doesn't help the team. I said to him we have to go forward. We have to go for more victories. That's important for me and for him."
Of course, the speedskating-crazy Dutch are taking things a little harder. Just days after their prime minister left office, that story was booted from front pages in honor of Kramer's folly. Journalists are speculating that Kemkers could lose his job.
But hey, if every coach who made a mistake got fired, we wouldn't have any coaches. Sven Kramer has the right idea.
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