Thursday, February 18, 2010

Swifter, Higher, Stronger!

Olympics get me excited. I'm not a big stay at home and watch hockey, baseball or football kind of gal.. but I LOVE sports like skeleton, bobsled, snowboarding, skiing, biathlon. I also enjoy the lack of a "season." You know who wins at the end of the event, usually wintin a couple of days at the most. Admittedly I watch with my hands over my eyes as my heart pounds with the excitement of the event itself and the potential heart break for the competitors.

I have had the privilege of talking with, watching, and even calling a few elite athletes friends. Truthfully their minds work a bit differently when it comes to competition.. it's a huge part of what makes them able to compete at a world level.

I am proud of each and everyone within the boundaries of their chosen sport. I'm not always proud of their actions outside of that sport, but while they are giving 110% to bring home a Gold or a PB my pride is palatable.

I get mad at people who yell at hockey players and coaches at games, I think it shows a huge disrespect and always makes those people look pretty pathetic.. really you think you could do better? Go ahead. Don't use the excuse they make enough money to handle my disparaging comments, they didn't choose the salary, they choose the sport.

You can imagine how I felt when I saw this tweet.

"Womens downhill sums up my frustration. US steps up to adversity Canada shies away from potential greatness. Vonn v Brydon"

ARE YOU KIDDING ME?? How dare you assume you have an inkling of an idea what it means to "step up or shy away" when it comes to charging down a mountain side! Both women are class acts, both are phenomenal athletes and both gave the best they could in that moment.

My point here is how easy it is to get caught up in the negativity of competitive sport, and the Olympics is the last event we should do that for.

Yes the Olympic motto is: "Citius, Altius, Fortius." These three Latin words mean "Swifter, Higher, Stronger."

But more importantly is the Olympic creed:

"The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well."

The only person that can answer if the athlete lived up to the Olympic Creed is the athlete them self.

I will always choose to believe that they do.

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1 comment:

mpkirkland said...

I couldn't agree more.

Save your vitriol for the refs. :P