Sven Kramer, a speedskater from Heerenveen, Netherlands, won a gold medal at the Vancouver Olympics, and was asked by an American NBC reporter:
"If you can say your name and your country and what you just won here."
Kramer immediately replied:
"Are you stupid? Hell no I’m not going to do that."
In a Dutch interview (video below), Kramer explains:
"Come on, this is ridiculous. You’ve just become Olympic gold medal winner. She was there when it happened and then you have to sum up your whole biography, etc. She’s crazy."
A comment on YouTube sums up my initial reaction:
"The reporter was stupid in making Sven do her job for her. If she needed tape ID all she had to do was say, "Im am so and so here with Sven of the Netherlands who just won a gold medal in the x event … Sven how do you feel?" Instead she turns him into her employee by saying she "needs him to" identify himself for her company so that they dont have to work so hard. She is a buffoon who made herself and her company look like idiots. But making it an American thing isï»¿ ridiculous too."
On the other hand, Kramer could have chosen a different approach by perhaps asking "Isn’t that your job?" Kramer’s response seems to be rooted in a bad attitude towards America, and his response to a person he perceived to be an American reporter reflected that attitude. Winners who are arrogant have no patience for stupid questions, because they believe they are too important.