Dutch short-track speed skater Sjinkie Knegt sparked controversy after he appeared to flip the bird on the podium after finishing second in the 1,500-metre final at the Winter Olympics.

Photos show Knegt posing with South Korean gold medalist Lim Hyo-jun, who won by a margin of just .07 seconds, and Russian bronze medalist Semion Andreyevich Elistratov following the race.

Knegt said, "It looked like I put up the middle finger. It's not intended … I just looked very bad in the photo, but it was not on purpose. I was just holding the medal."

It's a little hard to believe Knegt's story though - back in 2014 at the Sochi Winter Olympics’ he was disqualified from the 5,000-meter relay because he flipped two birds at Russian rival Viktor Ahn.