Monday Musings: The Olympics

It is time for the Winter Olympics again, and that means it is also time for all the Olympics haters to come out of the woodwork. There are a lot of them, it seems. Now, I don’t really care if you love or hate the games. I happen to like them, especially the Winter games. A lot of the sports are fun to watch, and there are some truly talented athletes competing.

I have nothing against the people who don’t like the games. I don’t particularly care what your reasons are. What annoys me are the people who feel the need to put down or deride those who do enjoy watching. Yes, there is a lot of politics involved, but that happens everywhere in almost everything. Yes, the games are being held in Russia, where there are problems and issues for a lot of people. There are internal problems with the Olympics themselves. But does any of that really matter?

In many, if not most, cases, the athletes are not part of the internal politics, either of the Olympic committees or the host countries. The majority of the competitors are there because they truly enjoy their sport and the competition. They are there to do their very best and to bring some of these sports to an audience that doesn’t normally see them. And if some of the countries give their athletes support and status that others don’t, is that so bad? For those countries, those are their star athletes. Is it that much different than our professional athletes, with their exorbitant salaries and paid endorsements? Does it give them an unfair advantage? I don’t know. The countries that don’t seem to do pretty well for themselves.

So, listen, if you don’t like the Olympics for whatever reason, that’s your decision. I happen to like them, and to enjoy watching them, so please, lay off the nasty comments, okay? It’ll all be over in a few weeks, and we can get back to worrying about Justin Bieber’s moustache, and what idiot thing Miley Cyrus is going to do next.

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