Back in 2014, Deadspin posted the segment and got a response from Carillo herself, who provided some context. "I was hosting a morning show in Athens that covered a lot of badminton -- some table tennis too, but badminton, I'd been assured, was going to be 'the curling of the Summer Games,'" she wrote. "There was no script for that rant -- just a little dead time -- but it got some chuckles and a head shake from my producer."
It turns out Carillo got the last laugh: she's an internet Olympic folk hero now. As long as there are Olympics on TV, people will share this video, and remember that, yes, badminton is a water sport and Mary Carillo is an American hero.