“I got very angry, but I didn’t know what to do,” Calla says in his new autobiography, “Shame on the Giver.”
The commentary is about what happened at Idrottsgalan in 2008. Kala became a star after she won the Tour de Ski when she was 20 years old. At the Swedish sports party, she and her boyfriend Theo Söderghelm were placed at the same table with Prince Carl Philip.
But it was something completely different from the table site that was stealing the headlines. Because when Kala was scheduled to be honored, the evening’s host of the televised awards ceremony approached Kala.
Suddenly Peter Settman appeared. “He took me in the face, held me tight and kissed me mid-mouth,” Kala says in the book.
She says she was surprised.
“What I did live in front of an audience of millions was outrageous and reprehensible,” says Kalla.
– Very sad
SVT spoke to Settman about what’s in Kala’s book, which was released today.
– It is very sad to live it this way, or to live it this way. Sitman says that was not the intention at all.
He explains that he was playing Ragge from the Swedish comedy series “Ronny och Ragge” when the kiss happened. He had read in a newspaper that Kala was humming “Ronny och Ragge” “Kör Fort som fan” when she made the decisive move on the monster hill in the Val di Fiemme.
Siteman says the feature was improvised, and that he had no plan for how to end it. It ended with a kiss.
– It is important to emphasize not kissing her on the mouth. He says to the saint: I kiss my hand.
His reaction will be different
Kala notes in the book that she felt she was expected to laugh. I laughed.
“Today I would have reacted in a completely different way,” she says.
It showed in practice this summer. After Spanish football president Luis Rubiales kissed Jennifer Hermoso against her will after the World Cup final, the “Give a fan in my body” campaign was launched.
19 Swedish athletes were behind her. Among them: Charlotte Calla.
Peter Sitman says he would do it differently today.
– It’s been 15 years. It doesn’t seem like a long time, but it is a long time, purely culturally. I think now I would have thought differently when I improvised. I think I’ve gotten over that. “It’s not funny today,” Sitman tells SVT.
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