“Miracle on Ice” captain Mike Eruzione, who helped defeat the Soviet Union hockey team in 1980 in one of the biggest upheavals in sports history, has joined “Fox & Friends” Tuesday after BMX alternative Chelsea Wolfe said in a now deleted Facebook post that she would burn the flag if she won a gold medal.
Eruzione was taken aback by the remark and said he thought it was “a joke”. He then spoke about the meaning of participating in the Olympics by representing the United States.
OLYMPIC ATHLETE THREATENED TO BURN A FLAG ON THE MEDAL PODIUM
“It’s the ultimate honor, it’s not a Super Bowl, a World Series or a Stanley Cup. It is the United States. You represent all regions of this country, ”he said.
Eruzione said he could not believe the freestyle BMX rider would one day think of burning the flag on the podium at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.
“I actually couldn’t believe it. I mean, first of all, burning the American flag anywhere is disgusting. To use your Olympic Games podium forum, I was really like, could anyone really think of doing this? … I couldn’t even imagine the state of mind of someone who thought it made sense, ”said Eruzione, calling it an“ incredible honor ”to stand on the Olympic podium and hear the national anthem played and see the flag hoisted.
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“My goal is to win the Olympics so I can burn an American flag on the podium. That’s what they focus on during a pandemic. Hurt trans kids, ”Wolfe wrote on Facebook on March 25, 2020, with a link to a PinkNews story about the Trump administration’s stance on trans girls in women’s athletics.
Wolfe, who identifies as a transgender woman, told Fox News that the post, which has since been deleted, doesn’t mean she doesn’t care about her home country.
“Anyone who thinks I don’t care about the United States is sorely mistaken,” Wolfe told Fox News. “One of the reasons I work so hard to represent the United States in international competitions is to show the world that this country has morals and values, that these are not all the bad things that we are for. known. “
Fox News’s Evie Fordham contributed to this report