Judith Hesse is out of her event without even getting a turn. All because of a little flinch.
The German speedskater, competing in her third Olympics, was disqualified from the women’s 500 meter event after being flagged for a pair of false starts in her heat against Miyako Sumiyoshi. Sumiyoshi skated the heat alone after the DQ.
The DQ came because of a barely noticeable arm-flinch as they waited for the starting gun to sound.
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The race was set to be Hesse’s only event.
There were some rallying cries in Hesse’s defense after her ouster: