Feb 15, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT
Alexandre Bilodeau’s gold medal victory in men’s moguls is the feel-good story of the winter Olympics so far; the first gold won by a Canadian in his home country. I feel like hugging a Mountie. But if you’re a computer user, it’s even more of a glorious result. Bilodeau, you see, beat Australian Dale Begg-Smith, the heavy favorite going into the event, by .17 points for the gold. That would be the same Dale Begg-Smith who is accused of being in league with several of the biggest purveyors of internet spam and spyware on the planet. It’s how he made his fortune, in fact; according to sources such as ZDNet and the Sydney Morning Herald. That face to the right looks very, very punchable to me right now.
Begg-Smith’s camp is complaining that judging shenanigans robbed him of the gold, and if that isn’t an example of karma’s the sublime workings in the universe, I don’t know what is.
From the Vancouver Province, via Sports by Brooks:
An Australian sport official accused judges of awarding inflated scores to Canadian Alex Bilodeau Sunday, allowing him to edge out Dale Begg-Smith for gold in men’s moguls.
“My own opinion is that probably Alex is not capable of a 4.8 or a 4.9 [on his turns], because five is a perfect score,” Geoff Lipshut, the team’s high-performance director, told Queensland’s Courier-Mail.
“Dale had the highest turn points and the highest air points,” he told the newspaper. “Dale skied unbelievable and I don’t think you can fault anything he did. I thought Dale won, but that’s just a gut feel.”
Kind of makes you all warm and fuzzy inside when you consider this 2006 article from the Sydney Morning Herald:
Dale Begg-Smith’s name keeps popping up in all the wrong places, like much of the insidious internet spyware that he has been responsible for peddling and pushing.
The Herald has followed a trail of digital fingerprints scattered over the web which shows Mr. Begg-Smith’s long and rewarding involvement in the distribution of “malicious software” — otherwise known as malware, spyware and adware.
The 21-year-old Olympic gold medallist’s business dealings place him on the murky fringes of the internet where hackers, scammers and spammers stalk their targets.
Malware spammers: You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. You consorted with their kind, Mr. Begg-Smith, so now reap the whirlwind. I have also sent you a congratulations on your silver medal via email attachment. Feel free to open it.
Australian press on Dale Begg-Smith and spyware [ZDNet]
Canada Stole Olympic Gold From Spyware Traitor [SportsbyBrooks]
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