Champions League final streaker strikes again at Ski World Cup with Kobe Bryant sign
The Champions League final streaker has struck again at the Ski World Cup with a Kobe Byrant tribute.
The legendary Lakers player's tragic passing has dominated the headlines since his death was announced on Sunday. He and eight other people, including his daughter Gianna, 13, lost their lives in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California.
The streaking was once again carried out by Kinsey Wolanski, who hit the headlines last year when she did the same thing at the Champions League final last year. She interrupted the final of the Men's Slalom event in Schladming, Austria, by running across the finish line with a sign that read: "RIP KOBE 24 #LEGEND 24".
Watch the streaker pay tribute to Kobe Bryant:
The clip of the incident was captioned: "'I've never seen that in a World Cup ski race before!'
"Skiier's wild celebrations are ended by a streaker who beat him to the finish line."
While Wolanski might have intended her actions to be nothing more than a lighthearted tribute, it did cause confusion because she crossed the finish line before 23-year-old Alex Vinatzer, causing the timer to stop.
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Following his victory, Vinatzer and his trainer celebrated, believing that he had beaten leader Clement Noel's time, unaware that a streaker had crossed the line before him. But thankfully, his time was calculated by a backup timer.
However, beyond that, no one seemed bothered by Wolanski's stunt.
As per the BBC, NBA commissioner Adam Silver issued the following statement about Bryant's death: "The NBA family is devastated by the tragic passing of Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna.
"For 20 seasons, Kobe showed us what is possible when remarkable talent blends with an absolute devotion to winning. He was one of the most extraordinary players in the history of our game with accomplishments that are legendary.
But he will be remembered most for inspiring people around the world to pick up a basketball and compete to the very best of their ability.
He was generous with the wisdom he acquired and saw it as his mission to share it with future generations of players, taking special delight in passing down his love of the game to Gianna."
However, not all tributes were well received, and Donald Trump was accused of plagiarizing Barack Obama's tribute.