Single Greatest Honour – Cool Runnings

Film:  Cool Runnings
Year:  1993
Screenplay: Lynn Siefert, Tommy Swerdlow & Michael Goldberg
Role:  Irving “Irv” Blitzer
Actor:  John Candy
Length: approx. 1 minute minimum




IRV
Oh, forgive me. I didn’t realise that 4 black guys in a bobsled could make you blush!

COMMITTEE MEMBER
I think we’ve heard enough.

IRV
C’mon Kurt, what you’re doing is wrong and you know it. Now if this is about you and me, then let’s get it straight right now. All right, sixteen years ago, I made the biggest mistake of my life. I cheated. I was stupid! I embarrassed myself, my family, my teammates, my country, and my coach. If it’s revenge you want, take it! Go ahead! Disqualify me! Banish me! Do whatever you want, but do it to me! It was me who let you down, Kurt! It wasn’t my guys! They’ve done everything you’ve asked of them, and they did it with all of you laughing in their face. Hell, it doesn’t matter if they come in first or fiftieth! Those guys have earned the right to represent their country. They’ve earned the right to march into that stadium and wave their nation’s flag. That’s the single greatest honour an athlete could ever have! That’s what the Olympics are about! Sixteen years ago I forgot that. Don’t you go and do the same.
I’m sorry if I interrupted your meeting

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