I, as an American, can look back on famous games where the US beat Russia and, even though they were before my time, almost cry at the symbolism of the events. They had significance greater than many minor military conflicts.
Sure, the games lose something by having the international politics involved, but they also gain a lot.
Could you please clarify your point of view on this. We're different people coming from different backgrounds, and I've never quite understood what the point is in treating sport as a "we have to be better than them at doing something completely unrelated" competition. For one thing, I'd be interested to know how it made you feel about Russia when the USA beat them, and vice versa.
Given that the reason for the Olympics is apparently not to celebrate people having fun and good sportsmanship anymore as we're always told (as if it ever has been for a very long time), does it now become a platform for spectators from different countries to try and one-up each other and feel content that their system of government is superior because it results in an athlete who is able to beat an athlete produced by a competing system of government?
I enjoyed the olympics when I was six years old because it was so hyped up and I was told that it was important. Since then I've become more and more disillusioned that it's just a hyped up, corrupt stage being run by spoilt childlike controlling brats for the purpose of spreading propaganda, selling hamburgers and amplifying the feelings of global conflict by moving them onto a highly publicised sporting field.
Maybe the worst part is that the athletes are stuck in the middle of the whole world's problem. If the athletes were allowed to stand up and tell silly political leaders to shut up so they can just do their thing, it might have some credit. Unfortunately the athletes are for the most part gagged by the IOC from saying anything that might potentially be contriversial or damaging to the commercialism that provides the IOC with so much money, or the political tension that gives it so much power and influence wherever it goes.
The Olympics is very big, and personally I think it's spiraling upwards out of control. If you're skeptical of Greece, I'm skeptical of anyone to be able to host them in a reasonable way in the state that they're moving towards. Apart from the side effect of providing somewhere that athletes can compete in at a high level, what does it actually have to do with sport anymore?
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