RIO DE JANEIRO — The U.S. boxing team has improved to 15-0 — not its record in the ring, mind you, but its record for getting booed here at the Olympics.
That’s right. Booed in every single bout.
The sentiment grew even clearer Monday night when the crowd booed American Mikaela Mayer during her fight against Russian Anastasia Belyakova.
“This is new to me," said USA Boxing coach Billy Walsh, who is from Ireland and coaching the Americans in the Olympics for the first time. “I don’t know what the history is between yourselves and Brazil."
According to the U.S. State Department website: “The United States and Brazil traditionally have enjoyed robust political and economic relations. The United States was the first country to recognize Brazil's independence in 1822.”
But that didn’t stop the Brazilians from taunting U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo with cries of “Zika.’’ Or targeting the U.S. women’s beach volleyball teams with the same jeers. Or booing U.S. sprinter Justin Gatlin before the 100-meter final.
I noticed some of this booing last week. I guess Brazil isn't with the notion of the Olympics being about goodwill. It doesn't have anything to do with the Lochte mess either as it was going on before the swimmers went to that gas station.
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