Erin Jackson, Controversy at worlds.

 

There is a huge controversy surrounding the 1000M senior ladies race, after American Erin Jackson easily defeated all the competition to get the gold, unfortunately she was unfairly disqualified about 5 minutes later, supposedly by pushing a Korean girl into the ground.  After the Americans protested the call and then appealed the negative outcome of the protest to no avail, the DQ stood and the gold went to the Colombian who had gotten second. After hearing and reading many different accounts of the process, it seems there is much more to it than meet the eye at the end politics and favoritism will rob this great skater of her medal. 

Things got even worse for Erin, when she also got disqualified from her next race, the 500m sprint, arguably her best race. This kind of injustice that plagues our sport needs to be stopped. 

One thing that is important to note, is that the Colombian delegate of the CIC removed himself from the process because he had a skater in the mix of it all and he wanted to have an outcome that wasn't clouded by his allegiance. So even though the Colombian skater was benefited by this disqualification, the Colombians did nothing to create this outcome as many people have suggested on the web. 

This kind of judgement calls totally undermine all the hard work athletes put day in and day out. In this day and age where instant replay is just a few meters away from every major competition, it is incredible that this talented skater will go home robbed out of her well deserved gold. 

The official facebook page of the Rosario World Championships shared the link and wants to hear from you, so please go there and show your support to the great Erin Jackson, the rightful winner of the Senior Ladies 1000M.

 

Here is the link to the video and the facebook post:

 

Photo by: David Browne
 

 This is a response from my Friend Dirk Kelso on facebook, which is pretty interesting:

 Ok I downloaded this video and zoomed in and slowed it down and reviewed frame by frame. The Korean clearly wasn't pushed by the American but she was clearly off balance before the Colombian's skate seems to strike her leading foot and sending her to the ground. From the angle it can't be ruled out that the Americans arm did not brush the Korean as she was trying to pass but it clearly shows she wasn't "pushed". Just close quarter side by side skating... Take a look at it frame by frame...

 

 

Speedy recovery Emanuelle

 

All of us from MPC Wheels want to wish our super star sprinter Emanuelle Silva, from Chile, a speedy recovery. Emanuelle suffered a pulled groin during his 300m TT final.  His groin had been bothering him during practices prior to the time trial, but he didn't make much of it and kept at it, unfortunately he did pull it quite bad during his time trial. 

Incredibly enough he still managed to go under 25 seconds in the 300m, all while not being able to apply any force into the ground... 

We really were looking forward to cheering him on for the rest of the sprints at the World Championships, unfortunately it wasn't to happen this year. 

We are positive that you will bounce back from this set back and will come back much stronger, we are 100% behind you and look forward to having you as one of our team captains for years to come.