After some unflattering photos of Belgian cyclist Gijs van Hoecke were taken outside of a London-area nightclub, his nation's Olympic Committee told the 20-year-old omnium participant to “walk it off” ...all the way back to Brussels.
"I made a big mistake," he told a Belgian newspaper. "I'm happy my parents didn't tell me off. They understand that I needed this."
(By “this,” he likely meant “consuming enough alcohol to kill a small horse.”) See the compilation of drunken photos on TMZ.
Hoecke is unlikely to face any supplementary discipline and shouldn't have his 15th place finish stripped from the record books. He must, however, endure the crippling shame that comes along with being a college-aged kid who got a little too drunk one night.
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