NBC commentator attributes female Olympian's gold medal to her husband
Olympic Commentator Is In Hot Water After Crediting This Swimmer's World Record to Her Husband
Hungary's Katinka Hosszú won Gold in the 400-meter individual medley on Saturday, shattering the world record by almost two seconds in the process.
But while most people were quick to congratulate the swimmer for her incredible win, one NBC commentator has come under fire for saying her husband and coach, Shane Tusup, was "the person responsible for her performance." Clearly, many disagreed, and were quick to say so on social media.
Katinka Hosszu just crushed a world record by half a lap lane and her husband is getting 100% of the credit— Caroline Moss (@CarolineMoss) August 7, 2019
Wait what did I just watch? Hosszu smashes WR & NBC cuts to husband coach w/ "and there's the person responsible for her performance"?!??— Cameron Esposito (@cameronesposito) August 7, 2019
seconds after hosszu beat the WR the camera panned to her coach and said "there's the man that made it all happen" i'm DEAD— ava witonsky (@therealavacado) August 7, 2019
I'm sure Hosszu's husband is lovely and has contributed a lot to her success. But Jesus - CAN WE GIVE THE WOMAN A LITTLE CREDIT? NO? OH.— Lauren Rankin (@laurenarankin) August 7, 2019
No @nbc commentator that man is not "responsible" for Hosszù's world record. She is. He's her coach and partner. She broke that record.— Kathryn Dennett (@kathryndennett) August 7, 2019
Next time I hear Hosszu's husband deserves all the credit for her being an incredible swimmer, I am going to mute these fools.— kate casas (@katiecasas) August 7, 2019
"With live TV, there are often times you look back and wished you had said things differently," Dan Hicks said in defense of his remarks. "It is impossible to tell Katinka's story accurately without giving appropriate credit to Shane, and that's what I was trying to do."
In fact, Hosszú and Tusup's unconventional relationship has been the subject of quite a bit of scrutiny, with some claiming that the latter is downright "scary" with his wife during training. Even Hicks admits that Tusup has been "very, very harsh" with his wife, and says "it's been a little disturbing to some of the other swimmers who have observed it."
"I've seen a lot of inappropriate and not-O.K. behavior in Shane," fellow Olympic medalist Jessica Hardy toldThe New York Times. "I've seen coaches exhibit that kind of behavior in training, but this is another level. It's scary."
That being said, both insist that they are able to separate their relationships as athlete/coach and wife/husband, and Hosszú has actually often credited her husband for improving her confidence in the pool. But even if that's true, it's safe to say this swimmer deserves more than the lion's share of credit for her record-breaking performance.
Additional reporting from The Associated Press.
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