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sahlah
Aug. 1st, 2012 02:57 am (UTC)
But Dow and McDonald's are just fine...

sure.
patrick_vecchio
Aug. 1st, 2012 03:07 am (UTC)
The Olympics are no more about celebrating sports than political conventions are about selecting presidential candidates. Both are institutions whose times are gone, long gone.
(Anonymous)
Aug. 1st, 2012 02:58 pm (UTC)
I disagree. While a large part of the celebration has been subsumed into the corporate machine, when you see the look on the face of Aly R, as she finished her floor exercise, knowing she has just won a gold medal, you see a true celebration of athletic competition.
patrick_vecchio
Aug. 1st, 2012 03:45 pm (UTC)
True, but there's so much crap to slog through for every one of those glorious moments. And the International Olympic Committee is the biggest corporate machine of them all.
(Anonymous)
Aug. 2nd, 2012 03:28 pm (UTC)
Nah, I think the U.S. Congress is the biggest corporate machine of them all.
patrick_vecchio
Aug. 3rd, 2012 12:58 am (UTC)
Truth.
(Anonymous)
Aug. 2nd, 2012 11:24 pm (UTC)
As i watch these young teens who have basically had a job since they were old enough to swim a stroke or make a somersault I often wonder do they love it that much or is it so programmed into their lives they would be empty without it. I admire their skills and dedication but the single mindedness required to operate at that level makes me question the sacrifice of a childhood of any typical child. I received the GOLD medal one day as my friends and I careened down a trail of the shale pit near our homes. I flew the furthest over my handle bars, lost my glasses, cracked my collarbone, and landed on a bush that went up the back of my leg leaving a great scar. Tens all around but the Russian Judge gave me a 9, for bleeding.
patrick_vecchio
Aug. 3rd, 2012 12:57 am (UTC)
Fkng Russian judges.

I think if the kid athletes are doing a sport on their own, without any kind of pressure from mom and dad, then it's cool. I think where the parents enter the picture is in the matter of balance—trying to ensure the student has more life experiences than just being a gymnast.
inkling7
Aug. 2nd, 2012 11:46 pm (UTC)
Blech. I'm surprised the IOC doesn't try to slap Tahmina Kohistani (Afghanistan's only female Olympic competitor) with some ludicrous application of the "no politics" rule.
patrick_vecchio
Aug. 3rd, 2012 12:52 am (UTC)
I just did a Google image search for her, just to make sure of my hunch that she has to be fully garbed to compete. I can't imagine running in such clothing.
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