Usually I'm not much of a soccer fan but as much as I hate to admit it, the Olympic semi-final game today between the Canadian and US women was one of the most thrilling sporting events I have watched in some time. The final score in an overtime that should never have happened was Canada 3, the US and Norwegian referee Christina Pedersen 4. Google her name and you will see hundreds of reports on how she single handledly gave the game to the US. I'm not saying the US didn't outplay Canada because they probably did but goals are what count and when the US couldn't score on their own, Pedersen did everything in her power to ensure the US scored more than Canada.
The star of the game was undoubtedly Christine Sinclair who scored all 3 Canadian goals. To have such a great performance by a player overshadowed by an inept official is disgusting.
But come to think of it, I guess that's why I'm not a big fan of soccer because it only has 1 referee on the field to watch 22 players compared to baseball with 4 (7 in playoffs) to watch 10-13, basketball with 3 watching 10, hockey with 4 watching 12. Notwithstanding, Christina Pedersen should never be allowed to officiate another game at any level, let alone the Olympics.