A feisty new gold-winning U.S. Olympian isn’t afraid to tell it like it is.
Olympic swimmer Lilly King, 19, was caught on camera admonishing Russian competitor Yulia Efimova.
Efimova has been mired in scandal after twice testing positive for performance enhancing drugs. The mere sight of Efimova holding up a No. 1 sign with her finger on television irked King, who wagged her finger back at the image on the screen.
When asked about the open show of disapproval, King didn’t hold back.
“You’re shaking your finger No. 1, and you’ve been caught for drug cheating. I’m just not a fan,” King told NBC’s Michele Tafoya on Sunday before the two were to compete in the Women’s 100-meter breaststroke.
“That’s just my personality, she later went on to tell NBC. “I’m not this sweet little girl, that’s not who I am. If I do need to stir it up to put a little fire under my butt or anybody else, then that’s what I’m going to do.”
Monday night’s race ended with King clinching the hold and a record-setting time of 1:04.93. Efimova came in second with a time of 1:05.50.
After the win, King was asked if her previous statements about Efimova could be considered a statement on behalf of the United States and other athletes.
That’s when King let Efimova have it again.
“Yeah, I hope I did. That we can still compete clean and do well at the Olympic Games, and that’s how it should be.”
Amen, sister. Keep bringing home the gold with your head held high!
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