Sunday, August 24, 2008

Gold Medals Made My Heart Swell

Every time we won a gold medal at the Olympics these last two weeks my heart would swell with pride because I knew they would play one of the most enduring national anthems ever written.

So I am checking out the stories on the internet and I happen to read this editorial on how the Chinese are up in the Gold Medal count at the Summer Olympics and because they don't count Silver and Bronze they feel they can declare themselves a super power, dominating these Olympics against the American team that has been 10-18 total medals ahead of them all week. I am reading this in some Yahoo (Reuters dominated, read: Liberal Media Agenda) Sports page. So I am doing an analysis and it would appear that the vast majority of gold medals occur for the Chinese in events with subjective scoring, like diving and gymnastics, in non-team events and events with no real popularity, even in the Olympics (i.e. BADMINTON and TABLE TENNIS).
Ummmm, yeah. I'm thinking Misty May-Trainer and Kerry Walsh could very well bench press the Chinese mens athletes competing in these sports.
Consequently I come to find out there will be no softballs floating above the pitch in four years but the shuttle cock and the tiny white plastic ball will probably remain. Nothing says athletic dominance like "sports" I played and subsequently gave up playing before I was ten.
So now they are over. The U.S. didn't embarrass itself. We didn't blood dope. We stumbled occasionally or perhaps dropped the baton in a relay but we recovered quickly, winning more medals in the next event. Most importantly we didn't compete with under-aged athletes, subject an audience to a lip-synched performance at the opening ceremony or ridicule for wearing masks and not sucking up the smog and we took the high road when scores equaled Gold and only resulted in Silver.
The team was victorious in all the events we were supposed to dominate. We capped off our victories with a Basketball Gold Medal win for the "Redeem Team" - Good showing guys!
And for those of you who don't see the political implications of the Olympics, well you probably never will. The IOC is a little like the NCAA for the United Nations. That is to say that the IOC would appear to embody some of the same anti-American bent that is all too evident in the UN. When the U.S. won medals there was no question, many times setting records in purely objective contests of speed, strength, poise and endurance.
I detected a nationalistic pride in our athletes that others may not have witnessed. You may feel I am projecting my sentiment. I think you are wrong if you do because these are the same others who won't acknowledge the militaristic basis for the games in ancient Greece and are even more unlikely to admit we are at war with better than half the world right now for our very survival as a nation and as a beacon of the Democratic ideals we've established with our nation 232 years ago. Announcers skirted a direct analogy for the past two weeks but any reference to Mark Spitz in the '72 Olympics is going to conjure images of the Middle-Eastern terrorists and there was a reference to Jesse Owens amidst all the Michael Phelps accolades, again, an Olympics known better for the place: Berlin and the time in history: a world looming on the brink of war.

Shine on US Gold. Fly high Stars and Stripes. Stand tall US Olympic Team.

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