A simple question posed to Norweigan skiier Odd-Bjørn Hjelmeset about his silver medal in the men's 4x10 relay somehow led to a spectacular response, covering porn, Tiger woods, and brutal honesty.

VANOC's media relations people have been releasing a torrent of quotes throughout the games. Most are banal. Some are colorful. Then there's this one, buried far too low in Sports Illustrated's daily briefing, excerpted in its entirety.

My name is Odd-Bjørn Hjelmeset. I skied the second lap and I fucked up today. I think I have seen too much porn in the last 14 days. I have the room next to Petter Northug and every day there is noise in there. So I think that is the reason I fucked up. By the way, Tiger Woods is a really good man.


I think we have our indelible image of the games: a Norweigan cross country skiier, watching Tiger Woods-themed porn while his neighbor makes a racket. Let us begin composing poems and building statues to the glory that is Odd-Bjørn Hjelmeset.