The Olympic gymnast was slammed after coming second to teammate Max Whitlock in the pommel horse event, but now he's hit back on This Morning...
Louis Smith has opened up about that medal ceremony at the Olympics.
Not sure what we’re talking about? Cast your minds back to what was dubbed ‘Sensational Sunday’, and you’ll remember that the 27-year-old gymnast won a silver on the pommel horse.
Louis’s Team GB teammate Max Whitlock was the one to walk away with the gold, just hours after triumphing in the floor event.
It was an amazing feat. So everyone should have been thrilled for him, right? However, Louis was accused of looking a little less than happy. Eep.
After finding out that Max had beaten him, a sobbing Louis was labelled a ‘bad loser’ for failing to congratulate the 23-year-old when they were presented with their medals.
Luckily for Louis, others stuck up for him, sharing a video of the Strictly Come Dancing winner embracing Max behind the scenes.
And now he’s explained his reaction, revealing on This Morning: ‘I just needed a moment. The competition is still going, there’s still a couple of competitors to go.
‘The cameras come down and film your reactions, then went back to the Russian.
‘During this time I got myself up and went over to Max’s coach and gave him a big hug and he hugged me. I saw Max I gave him a big hug [but none of this was caught on camera].’
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He continued: ‘When I realised I hadn’t got the gold medal… I’ve been training 20 years with the dream I want to be Olympic champion.
‘My Olympic training has been 12 years. To know you haven’t got that gold medal at that time, I needed a minute. I just needed a moment.
‘After 5 or 10 minutes had passed, I realised what had happened, I just won an Olympic silver medal.’
He also opened up about how he felt when he saw the comments on Twitter, telling presenters Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford: ‘It was more just on the night, everyone was so happy, then I get home and see all these reactions on social media.
‘I spent the first few hours defending myself, when really I should be on the phone to my mum.’
Oh, Lou :(. Unfortunately, he ended up receiving even more unsupportive comments after today’s appearance.
Tweets included: ‘Louis Smith explaining why it’s ok for him to be a bitter sore loser on This Morning ?,’ and: ‘Louis Smith being his usual arrogant a***hole self on This Morning.’
Hmm, we think that’s a little unfair, don’t you? Luckily, fans were quick to defend him, with one writing: ‘People need to back off Louis. He isn’t ungrateful he’s a lovely man! And is a great sportsman.’
In our books, a silver medal is a serious achievement. So congratulations again, Louis!