It Should Be All Fun And Games
I find it ironically interesting, or is that interestingly ironic? that the Olympics which is supposed to be the moment that brings the world together, be it only for a couple of weeks, is always shadowed by those with ulterior and selfish agendas. As athletes bask in the glow of representing their country at the highest level, distractions lurk around every corner. The games are not about Putin, not about gays and lesbians or who got killed in wars, it’s not about whether a country is suitable to play host based on their history. The Olympic games transcend all this.
Watching the various competitions and seeing the smiles on the faces of the athletes and fellow countrymen is priceless. The stories of sportsmanship make one think for a moment that the world is not such a bad place after all. Speed skater Gilmore Junio giving up his Olympic spot to Denny Morrison who had failed to qualify after falling just short of the finish line in the qualifier. Gilmore thought that Canada’s chance of getting a medal in that field was better with Denny. That unselfish move is what it means to put ones country first. (Denny did went on to grab silver). Patriotism at its best. Read it here. How about the Canadian cross-country coach who lent a ski to a Russian skier who had broken his? Or those three Dufour-Lapointe sisters from Quebec competing in the same sport. Two ending up with the gold and silver. Olympic glory indeed! How about 15-year old Russian figure skater Julia Lipnitskaia? Still only a little girl but sharing the spotlight with her adult contemporaries and thrilling the crowd with her excellent moves?
For two weeks, I am Canadian. I am also Russian, American, Swedish, German, and a lot more. Why? Well isn’t that what it’s all about? Or is it? It’s just my take. If you have an agenda that can’t wait until after the games is over and you feel the need to rain on the athletes parade, go for it. After all, the world IS watching.
But for me, Let the games reign!