Show your colors.

I didn’t watch the opening ceremonies of the Olympics — I happen to think they shouldn’t be held in a country with such a long history of human rights violations, one that supports the genocide in Darfur to boot. I also have a problem with the un-amateur nature of so many of the athletes, who are either professionals in real life or paid to be “amateurs,” as well as the judging and doping scandals.  I don’t remember anything about Athens four years ago, so I’m guessing I didn’t watch. I do remember watching the Sydney games, mostly because I was on vacation at the time, staying at a B&B where the little black & white TV in the room only got two stations, one of which happened to be the Olympics. I remember being so excited about Marion Jones — we know now what that was all about.

So, yes, I’m jaded about the games. But I can’t seem to stop being hooked by them either. The swimming saga, of course, the gymnastics, the diving — you have to marvel at what these people can do, even as you wonder what shenanigans are going on behind the scenes. (My friend is convinced the Chinese “women” gymnasts are really little girls, they look so young). I wonder how world records can be broken over and over? Is there no limit to what the human body can physically accomplish? Can it posssibly be happening “naturally”?

Still, the games are all about national pride. I want to see the U.S. athletes beat the world. I want to hear the national anthem played (a particularly lovely version this time) for gold after gold. I want our athletes to realize their dreams. I want to believe in what the games have always stood for.

My colors, then, seem to be red, white, blue, and a paler shade of jade. Yours?

Citius, Altius, Fortius
                                    ~ Faster, Higher, Stronger, the Olympic motto


  1. robbie said,

    Tuesday, August 12, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    Forget colors, how about those hot bods! And what about those communists. That darling little girl singing at the opening was only lipsyncing. An official thought the real singer was too ugly to be seen in front of the world. She’s only 7!!!!!!!

  2. WritingbyEar said,

    Tuesday, August 12, 2008 at 4:57 pm

    Mike and I figured the Chinese gymnasts were so happy to win because, of course, they wouldn’t have to be shot for losing… (Did you hear the announcers report the Chinese coach said he would throw himself off the highest building in Beijing if they didn’t win the gold? How appalling. And I don’t think he was kidding.)

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