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Olympic Commentator Says All Chinese Skiers 'Look The Same'

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Olympic Commentator Says All Chinese Skiers 'Look The Same'

An Australian commentator has come under fire for saying all the Chinese athletes at the Winter Olympics 'look the same'.

Jacqui Cooper, a former freestyle skier and five-time Olympian, made the remark as Yan Ting, a Chinese aerial skier, was doing a qualifying run.

Cooper said: "Really nicely done, great control. Very Chinese. They all look the same. They're very hard to tell who's who."

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And it wasn't long before horrified viewers took to Twitter after the comments aired, with many branding Cooper's choice of words as 'racist' and 'offensive':


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Channel Seven, which employs Cooper, has since released a statement via Twitter in defence of Cooper, saying 'at no time was the commentary racist, intended to be racist or offensive'.

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Cooper has also responded to the backlash, saying that she was referring to the style of jumping as they are all trained with 'one technique'.

But, still, not everyone was happy with Cooper's apology with people piling in to call her a 'liar' and questioning why she didn't just apologise for what she said.

It's been a tough time for Channel Seven, which has also been slated on social media for showing repeat footage rather than live events.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Australia, Winter Olympics

Claire Reid
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