RICHMOND, British Columbia (AP) — IOC president Jacques Rogge says Sven Kramer remains the "best speedskater of his generation" despite the coaching error that cost him a second gold medal at the Vancouver Olympics.
Rogge says he feels for Kramer but the Dutch athlete is still the best in the world and should try for another gold in the team pursuit.
Kramer, who won the 5,000-meter gold, was on course to win the 10,000 but was shockingly disqualified when coach Gerard Kemkers sent him into the wrong lane toward the end of the race.
Rogge says he's never seen a comparable mistake at the Olympics but calls it part of the "mystique" of the games.
Rogge said Wednesday that Kramer is equal to speedskating greats Eric Heiden, Ard Schenk, Kees Verkerk and Johann Olav Koss.