U.S. figure skater Jeremy Abbott recently lashed out at his critics after suffering a fall during a routine at the Sochi Winter Olympics.
Abbott fell while attempting a quad jump during the men's short program last Thursday, reported ESPN.
Abbott, a four-time U.S. figure skating champion, had a clean skate in the free style event on Friday, but scored low due to his injury from the fall on Thursday.
"I just want to put my middle finger in the air and say a big 'F-you' to everyone who has ever said that to me because they've never stood in my shoes and they've never had to do what I've had to do," Abbott told reporters, notes USA Today.
"Nobody has to stand center ice in front of a million people and put an entire career on the line for eight minutes of their life when they've been doing it for 20-some years," added Abbott.
"If you think that that's not hard, then you're a damn idiot," stated Abbott. "I'm proud to be standing here. I'm a four-time national champion. I'm a two-time Olympian and no one can take that away from me."
"So whatever other people have to say about me, that's their own problem because I'm freaking proud of what I've done and I'm not going to apologize for any of it," Abbott fumed.
Sources: ESPN and USA Today