|Veteran track athlete Kim Collins said he'll never compete for his country again. (US Presswire)|
You might not have known much -- or anything -- of St. Kitts and Nevis before today, but it'll be hard to forget the country after hearing about this.
Kim Collins, the man chosen to carry the flag at the opening ceremony for St. Kitts and Nevis, its greatest Olympian, could end up not running at this year's Games. He's been kicked out, at least temporarily. He says he's done running for his nation forever.
So what's his "crime," so to speak? Sleeping with his wife. And that love cannot stand in the name of St. Kitts and Nevis!
Collins is a five-time Olympian and former champion sprinter. He's St. Kitts and Nevis' most well-known athlete around the world. But because his wife couldn't get into the Olympic Village, Collins had to go off to a hotel to see her -- to sleep beside her. Oh my god, oh the horror, oh the damaged name, oh the name of St. Kitts and Nevis.
Actually, the only damage done here is how the Kitts' (the Kitts is what the kids call it these days) Olympic reps responded, thus giving the nation a bad name and making Collins look like a victim. Who knew (supposedly) having sex could be this bad for Olympic performance?
He did not race, as originally planned, in Saturday's 100-meter qualifying.
Collins was reasonably dumbfounded by the banning, taking to Twitter Saturday to express his disapproval, to say the least. You'll notice even his Twitter derives from the event in which he just was taken away from.
This can't be right. Olympic number 5 and no Kim Collins.— kim collins (@kimcollins100m) August 4, 2012
For those who saw me run in Mexico. That's the last time I represent my country.— kim collins (@kimcollins100m) August 4, 2012
Even men in prison get their wives to visit.— kim collins (@kimcollins100m) August 4, 2012
6 athletes and 9 officials. That ain't enough to make some people happy. Omg.— kim collins (@kimcollins100m) August 4, 2012
My fans. I won't lie. Won't be running later tonight— kim collins (@kimcollins100m) August 4, 2012
Collins finished seventh in the 2000 Olympic Games' 100-meter dash. He was sixth four years later, in Athens. He had a reasonable shot to place, or come close, in the 200 at these Games. As of now, he's also scheduled to run in the 4x100, but it appears the love has been lost and Collins would rather stick it to his country and teammates than subvert to the regime, as it were.
We'll see if he changes his mind. St. Kitts and Nevis isn't exactly a favorite to medal in the 4x100, though.
Team officials have not explicitly said Collins' spousal rendezvous is the reason for taking discipline against him, but it's clear that's the case. Just ask yourself: If Kobe Bryant or Michael Phelps or Abby Wambach were heading off to hotels at night to stay with their significant others instead of being in the Olympic Village, do you think America would put the kibosh on their Olympic dreams? Of course not.