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Looking back at the Winter Olympics 2010


Letter from ItiA

Now that the Winter Olympics of 2010 are wrapped up we can all take a look at the accomplishment of the games.

The Olympics have always been a sporting event of note in our modern society.  It is the unblemished competition of athletes from around the world giving honor to their countries as a sign of thanks for their citizenship.

My favorite aspect of the Winter Olympics is the smatter of equatorial countries that are represented in the competitions we see on television.  There are actually many more that are competing, but they generally do not reach the finals where the gold, silver and bronze medals are awarded.  They are the ones that I hope for when watching.

The strange thing is that none of my American friends have the same outlook on the Olympic Games. They are interested only in the medal count.  Who has the most medals?  Who has the most gold medals?   I asked some of them how many American medalists they could name.  Most of them named 2 or 3.  We won more than 10 times that amount.  Then I asked them to name another medalist from another country.  This was split down the middle between 0 and 1.  All the straight men could not name a single athlete.  They all named the Canadian hockey team as the medalist, but could not name a single player on the team.  Some of the women, and some gay men, knew Yu-Na, Mao, or Rochette.  That was it.  No glory of the world athlete, only national gold medal winning heroes and the national medal count.

If you really want to understand this way of thinking, check out the difference in market value between a gold medal winner and a bronze medal winner in our country.  Then you understand the mindset.  We are a winners-only culture that gives rise to all of our seeds of hatred towards others.  The country with the highest medal count can forget all their other faults and failures and call themselves the best in the world.  They can assume the role of a dominant culture with subservient cultures populating the rest of the planted.  Forget their track record on human rights, education, violence, murder, slavery, and the rest of the long list of failures.  They are #1….right?  Its insane.

Help, I am ItiA

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  1. March 9, 2010 at 3:36 am

    Good point. I’ll admit that I was one that kept a close eye on the medal count. But I was also willing to clap loudly for those who didn’t win.

    Finding out what these Olympics cost the city of Vancouver was pretty disappointing considering where else this money could of gone as well.

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