Olympic Protests

Aug. 8, 2008, 11:39 a.m. by John
what are the olympics? well i thought it was a time when the best athletes from around the world to get together at one place and compete against each other to see which country is the best in different events. Boy was I wrong. Appearently it's the the time of year when everyone and their mother decides that they want to protest whatever their mind feels like. Having been an athlete for the majority of my life I know what it is like to train for hours a day, everyday of the year. Of course I was never close to Olympic calliber but it gives me a good idea and great respect for all of the work that these athletes put in. Now when these athletes get to show the world their talent and share it with their countrymen, in what should be an event that the entire world gets together and watches, people who don't have anything better to do take to the streets and try to stop one of the greatest world traditions, in the running of the olympic torch. exactly how will stopping the torch fix all of the world's problems? i'm pretty sure it won't. people say things like, the olympics shouldn't be held in china because they are communist. well i'm sorry, i didn't know that being communist had anything to do with athletic ability. in that case, why aren't all athletes communist? maybe they are....hmmm. why can't people put away their differences for 2 weeks and just stay at home and watch the Olympics? The Olympics are about ** sports**. For those of you who didn't catch it the first time...the Olympics are about **sports**. if you and your ego feel that you are so important that you need to show the entire world how you feel, use other means. i'm all for getting together and voicing your opinion and marching up and down the streets with signs. I don't want to take anyone's rights away but I can gaurantee you that when an american goes into a gold medal match, for whatever sport, he doesn't care about the person on the other side's political views...he just wants to beat the snot out of them. a quick note, the iraqi athletes were nearly disqualified from the olympics because their olympic body was disperessed...like it was their fault. i don't see why anyone shouldn't be allowed to compete despite what their government does. let's talk politics in a few weeks. get out of the streets, go inside, watch the games on tv and for now, sit back and enjoy an amazing display of athletic talent.
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3 Comments

Tam Says:

Aug. 19, 2008
If there was an olympic medal for not answering your phone, you\'d win it :)... and I\'d take silver!

john grego Says:

Aug. 11, 2008
yea...i know better. i was too involved in ranting to get my facts straight.

Paul Stiverson Says:

Aug. 11, 2008
People aren’t really protesting China because they are commies, but rather because they have a pretty atrocious human rights policy. This doesn’t really change things, but the facts of the matter are important.

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