Were BBC Commentators Too Excited About Snowboarding Medal?


It's hard to maintain a stiff upper lip while whooping.

Viewers bombarded the BBC with complaints on Sunday after its sports coverage got a little too pumped about Britain's Jenny Jones winning an Olympic bronze medal - with commentators Ed Leigh, Tim Warwood, and Aimee Fuller wrongly claiming that Jones won gold and erupting in cheers when one of her rivals fell during the snowboarding slopestyle competition. Jones' third place finish makes her Britain's first-ever Winter Olympic medalist in a snow event.

"[T]he commentary team were understandably very excited, however, we acknowledge that on occasion this excitement got the better of them and this is something that we will work on for future events," the network said in a statement today.

Here's a taste of the wide-ranging reaction to the spontaneous TV celebration:

But many felt the joy was justified, calling the complainers a bunch of killjoys.

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