The clip has already been a YouTube classic: A joyous Odd-Bjørn Hjelmeset sit at the press conference after his highly anticipated individual gold medal in Japan, in 2007.
The session opens with a question in Japanese.
Half way into the question the Norwegian veteran begin to smile. Something is going on.
Before the interpreter has managed to compose himself, the cross-country skier responds in machine gun "Japanese". To hysterical laughter from the press.
But what did he really say?
Not a thing. It's just gibberish. He can't speak a word of Japanese.
Hjelmeset has later revealed that the Japanese journalist felt so insulted that he left the press conference immediately after his answer.
When asked if he had planned to make fun of the Japanese language, Hjelmeset says it was impulsive, and that the idea presented itself as the question was long and incomprehensible... in Japanese.
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