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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.

James

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Or the Olympics...

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Medals never were the iss ...

Talk $#!+ about the athletes when they didn't win a medal: Not in the traditional Olympic spirit. Not very sportsman-like at all, really, whether it is the athletes or observers.

Medals, cups, rings, games, points.

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by mrabevigoda In reply to Medals never were the iss ...

"Talk $#!+ about the athletes when they didn't win a medal: Not in the traditional Olympic spirit. Not very sportsman-like at all, really, whether it is the athletes or observers."

Examples?

BTW: This does not include "blogs". I mean reputible sources, please?

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Source? The public.

by seanferd In reply to #4

Not the news, TV, blogs, or what have you, just people making comments. It's nothing new, but people talk down about athletes and teams because they didn't place.

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Once lost, some things can never be regained

I hope that it is not true for the spirit of the Olympics

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The problem has always been top down

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

corruption from the top of the Olympics, followed by corruption of national officials that will do anything to get in a win.

The judging has been biased for a long time, and is not a fair competition anymore.

There are the underage girls for the Chinese, and nothing is going to be done about it.

As I said in my rant about the olympics, it is all political BS now, and should never have been allowed into China.

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Yes

by mrabevigoda In reply to The problem has always be ...

"should never have been allowed into China."

Now THAT, I agree with!

That whole thing should be handled just as if it were a "drug" issue. Proof comes in many forms but not from a statement like "this issue is over because we said so and will no longer discuss it" (something like that was their last response)

Again, China, as honorable as their people seem to be, is NOT the Country to gauge other Counties or Olympians to. 'They' treat the athletes (from very young ages) as commodaties NOT Humans. And once they (Imperialistic regiegm) are through with them or if they are not good enough, they are as expendable as everyone else over there seems to be.

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Side note...

by Jellimonsta In reply to The problem has always be ...

JD, did you see my post with the link to the Imeem page I created for the band?

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why, yes I did

by jdclyde In reply to Side note...

didn't get to hear them all, but I even put an off-topic note in the 60's discussion to boxie would see.

will be in it later this week to check things out, but sounded good so far, if a little mellow...

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I guess it may be in what you look for.

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

I believe that I saw biased judging in favor of the Chinese athletes but that could be just me. Other than that I'm not seeing the medal counts as being a huge issue. They might be selling it that way, I'm not sure, but I'm not buying it.<br><br>
I'm really disappointed in the coverage. I don't care to see heat after heat, quarterfinals etc. It would be nicer to see more of the games instead even if you can't see the final of everything. It's not over yet, maybe the coverage will improve or maybe the rest of it is just on while I'm sleeping or otherwise occupied.<br><br>
It would be cool to hear follow-up stories about the athletes who did have to drop out of an event, especially the one Chinese hurdler. I'd like to know. Doubt if I'll ever find out.

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Volleyball - Why is it

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

Why can the men play in baggy shorts and T-Shirts, but the women have to play almost in the nude? Not that I mind, but does it facilitate better play?

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