That’s Right Nate

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Respect the Olympic Ideals

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I’m old enough to remember the 1980 Winter Olympics when an upstart US hockey team lifted the hopes of a nation by crushing the Soviets and I also remember the 1992 Summer Olympics when the NBA enlisted the help of the Dream Team to prove who the greatest basketball playing country in the word was.

The Olympics has always been above crass comercialism and politics.  Nothing is a purer symbol of this ideal than the Olympic torch relay which has been a part of the Olympics since the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.

This year’s torch relay has been continuously harrassed by angry mobs. Those people protesting the Olympic torch need to know that they’re being foolish.  They’re not hurting the Chinese, but they’re hurting all of us who aspire to the Olympic ideal and the atheletes who embody it.  Sure China has some problems, but this is not the way to show your disapproval.

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Written by thatsrightnate

April 9, 2008 at 5:42 pm

Posted in Olympics

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