Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Olympics: Bah Humbug
I am not a fan of the Olympics. I hate it when they interrupt my television shows! And I feel really bad for those who don't do so well.
I don't understand it. I can understand wanting to be number 1 but I don't understand giving up your life to train for it. It seems especially tragic for those athletes who have to start at a very young age (like skaters and gymnasts) giving up childhood to train...sometimes even moving in with coaches and not even seeing their families.
There is a series of television commercials sponsored by P&G that salutes the mothers of athletes. One commercial looks to me more like child abuse than support when the mother repeatedly picks up her kid even when he's barely old enough to walk and shoves him out there to try again!
Many families sacrifice their family life and finances for their athletic child. Is it worth it to the athlete, the siblings, the parents?
There are 230 athletes from the US in Sochi. How many names will we remember? How many will make a living off their sport? Is that one highlight in life enough to sustain them for the rest of their lives? Will they suffer from sports injuries? And for those who don't bring home a medal will they tell the story of the one that got away forever?
Should we be spending more money supporting brains rather than brawn?
I don't have the answers...but give me back my television shows!
Morning temperature: 10 degrees (felt like 0)
Morning steps: 5061