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inkling7
Aug. 11th, 2012 03:52 pm (UTC)
"Unlike China, US athletes get no government subsidies whatsoever. Their number one obstacle to the medal stand isn’t ability but poverty....Both systems create 'collateral damage.' Both systems are in need of reform. The only difference is the narrative. When we hear that swimmer Ryan Lochte’s parents are facing foreclosure on their home, or that track star Lolo Jones’s family was homeless, or that gymnast Gabby Douglas was sent from her mother in Virginia Beach to live with strangers at the age of 14, those are tales of heroism and sacrifice. We celebrate their pain instead of condemning it or even being disturbed by it."

Dave Zirin's point about narratives is right on. Because the US stories are festooned in red, white, and blue and the American way, it's all good.
patrick_vecchio
Aug. 11th, 2012 05:31 pm (UTC)
Zirin writes about sports from a political perspective, which is an interesting mix. His writing can be found at The Nation's website. I've subscribed, as it were, to his column so I can get in via email. But I have to hit "reply" to read it, or else the columns are too wide and too tightly spaced horizontally.
inkling7
Aug. 11th, 2012 06:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the good read and the tip. I may have to add Zirin's column to my reading list.
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