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James' Rant of the Week "The Olympics"

By JamesRL ·
Somehow the whole world has lost the ideas of sportsmanship, fair play and the idea that the Olympics is about competition, not just winning.

The emphasis on medal count is just one example of this. I think its great that Micheal Phelps can win in the pool. Does that mean the US is better than everyone else? If so, then what about Jamaica, which dominated womens and mens sprints?

The athletes are individuals, and once upon a time, we honored them, instead of what happens today which is essentially making them pariahs if they don't perform as expected.

The nation of China is in shock because a hurdler had an injury - do we wonder why some athletes suffer from nerves when they feel the weight of the whole nations expectations on them?

Canada was laughed at earlier this week when it had zero medals and even Togo had earned one. Does anyone seriously think that Togo has better athletics than Canada? Of course not, but somehow the Olympic fever has turned into an ugly sickness.

Getting to the Olympics is a crap shoot. Its not enough to want to win. Genetics plays a factor, coaching, and even now science - US swimmers had scientists analyze their strokes on custom tweaked them to be more efficient.

But in the end of course, all the genetics, coaching and science can't give someone the drive to win, it can only put them in position. And outside pressure can undo years of training and hard work.

We shouldn't judge our countries and our atheletes solely on medal counts. Canadian swimmers only won one medal in the pool, but a very young team scored a number of personal bests - can we ask for more?

When the Olympics were revived, it was hoped that they would be a place for young people from around the world to gather, meet, compete against each other, learn about each other, and dissolve some of the barriers between them.

It seems to have turned into just another competition for gold.


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by Jellimonsta In reply to Sadly

There are events outside of ones the US is competing in? ;\

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I'll admit it

by jimmy-jam In reply to Sadly

I don't care what country they are from if it weren't for women's beach volleyball I would give two hoots about the olympics...

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My son

by JamesRL In reply to I'll admit it

who is all of 14 years old, would heartily agree with you.

Even though he would probably have a heart attack if one of them talked to him, his attention was very focussed.

Some good games though- Japan was obviously at a height disadvantage but still managed to challenge the US. Or did you even pay attention to who won?


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It would have been better if they all played in the rain..

by Locrian_Lyric In reply to My son

Or at least hosed down a bit >:)

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They were keeping score? :^0

by jimmy-jam In reply to My son

It was a good game. I was glad to see the US win but its nice when the opposing team isnt getting crushed. Not sure how many people would agree but...

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Same here

by Oz_Media In reply to USA, USA, USA!!!

Even in Canada, coverage is US dominated (even on Canadian networks). But we do get a bit more variety than what I see from the US networks we get.

I think it may be a bit mroe important to US media as it gives them something positive and patriotic to focus on rather than the wars.

I guess they'll soon tire of that though and focus on starting a new war somewhere to generate media interest again.

I find it interesting that so many people say how the middle east has been at war for so many years, and yet the US can't seem to go a day without entering SOME war or another. Sure not all the same people/countries but just different wars all the time to justify military spending, to rally patriotism, to play political games etc.; all at the expense of normal citizens with the country's best interests in mind, it's pretty sick how the government takes advantage or brave citizens that way.

Sorry, rant over now.

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by mrabevigoda In reply to James' Rant of the Week " ...

"the idea that the Olympics is about competition"

What is "competition" without some sort of gauge of success and failure?

I think you may be over generalizing just a bit. Or do you speak for the "Whole World" often?

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Don't take my word

by JamesRL In reply to Hmm

Why not read the Olympic creed:

"The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well."

Or the Olympic Oath:

In the name of all the competitors I promise that we shall take part in these Olympic Games, respecting and abiding by the rules which govern them, committing ourselves to a sport without doping and without drugs, in the true spirit of sportsmanship, for the glory of sport and the honour of our teams.


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by Jellimonsta In reply to Don't take my word

Do the judges have any kind of creed to your knowledge?

If they do, some of them should brush up on it again. ;\

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For the record

by JamesRL In reply to Judges...

This is the Judges Oath:

In the name of all the judges and officials, I promise that we shall officiate in these Olympic Games with complete impartiality, respecting and abiding by the rules which govern them in the true spirit of sportsmanship.


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