Hello Olympic fans

Hello Olympic fans

Post by Burnie Harn » Tue, 22 Jun 1999 04:00:00


I have been a regular reader of this discussion group for nearly a year,
but I have repeatedly passed on the urge to post, preferring to keep my
opinions to myself. But, given the inability to find an intelligent
Olympic discussion ( with the exception of my wife, who is capable of a
good debate) among the people in my life, I have decided to join in.  I
welcome your e-mail on any Olympic issue, and will make every effort to
correspond in a timely manner.  Before we start, I guess I should give
some indication of my current Olympic state of mind.
Most of the Olympic news of late has been understandibly negative. I
cannot condone the actions of those IOC members, both censured and
expelled, for their actions in the SLC bidding scandal. Unfortunately,
greed has long been a vice of many  an IOC member, and I applaud the
surfacing of the accusations, which forced the organization to
acknowledge the problem, even if the solutions seem to be more  window
dressing than anything of substance.
Should Samaranch resign? Yes. While he deserves credit for reuniting the
Olympic movement after the 1980 and 1984 boycotts, allowing for full or
near full participation in Seoul, Barcelona, and Atlanta; as well as the
new calendar in which we have Olympic competition every other year, he
has simply outstayed his usefulness and only hangs onto the job out of
ego.  Do I credit him for the lush revenue the IOC has received from TOP
and other sources. No, give credit to Peter Ueberroth and the LAOOC as
they enlightened the IOC that the Olympic rings can be a commercial gold
mine, albeit a tarnished gold mine of late.
Has any of the recent developments curtailed my interest in the Olympic
Games and the overall Olympic Movement? Not a bit. The Olympics are my
best friend (other than my wife), a friend who comes to visit for 17
days every other year, and brings me a kaleidoscope of pleasant memories
that fill me until its next visit. The Games themselve still reflect a
certain purity,as well as a source of aspiration, inspiration, and joy
in the human existence. I, as much as any human alive, looks forward to
the 15th of September 2000 and my best friend's next visit.
 
 
 

Hello Olympic fans

Post by wo0d.. » Wed, 23 Jun 1999 04:00:00



Quote:
> I have been a regular reader of this discussion group for nearly a
year,
> but I have repeatedly passed on the urge to post, preferring to keep
my
> opinions to myself. But, given the inability to find an intelligent
> Olympic discussion ( with the exception of my wife, who is capable of
a
> good debate) among the people in my life, I have decided to join in.
I
> welcome your e-mail on any Olympic issue, and will make every effort
to
> correspond in a timely manner.  Before we start, I guess I should give
> some indication of my current Olympic state of mind.
> Most of the Olympic news of late has been understandibly negative. I
> cannot condone the actions of those IOC members, both censured and
> expelled, for their actions in the SLC bidding scandal. Unfortunately,
> greed has long been a vice of many  an IOC member, and I applaud the
> surfacing of the accusations, which forced the organization to
> acknowledge the problem, even if the solutions seem to be more  window
> dressing than anything of substance.
> Should Samaranch resign? Yes. While he deserves credit for reuniting
the
> Olympic movement after the 1980 and 1984 boycotts, allowing for full
or
> near full participation in Seoul, Barcelona, and Atlanta; as well as
the
> new calendar in which we have Olympic competition every other year, he
> has simply outstayed his usefulness and only hangs onto the job out of
> ego.  Do I credit him for the lush revenue the IOC has received from
TOP
> and other sources. No, give credit to Peter Ueberroth and the LAOOC as
> they enlightened the IOC that the Olympic rings can be a commercial
gold
> mine, albeit a tarnished gold mine of late.
> Has any of the recent developments curtailed my interest in the
Olympic
> Games and the overall Olympic Movement? Not a bit. The Olympics are my
> best friend (other than my wife), a friend who comes to visit for 17
> days every other year, and brings me a kaleidoscope of pleasant
memories
> that fill me until its next visit. The Games themselve still reflect a
> certain purity,as well as a source of aspiration, inspiration, and joy
> in the human existence. I, as much as any human alive, looks forward
to
> the 15th of September 2000 and my best friend's next visit.

**** First of all, welcome to the news group (as a poster, that is)!!

You came out with a nice initial post!

I think I'm a bit more cynical about the Olympics than you seem to be.
But I respect your right to maintain a sense of e***ment about the
Olympics. I used to feel like you still do. I just can't fake it (I
don't doubt that your 'Olympic feelings' are real and good. I'm just
saying that for ME, I'd have to feign anything but disgust at this
point... )

With the Sion joke vote, I've just reached a bit of a turning point with
the IOC-- the ongoing drug problems, the corruption, the joke of secret
site selection voting, the hypocrisy of Samaranch and his little corps
of kiss-ass second bananas, the way the IOC scapegoated 10 of its own
from Third World countries but bent over backwards to protect Coles and
Kim, the farce of how professionals have taken over some events, the TV
commericialization, the rampant nationalism...... it's developing to a
critical mass rapidly approaching: Stick a fork in The Games; they're
done.

Maybe once the Games start I'll get that "old time feeling" again. The
fact that I post about the Olympics must mean that I still CARE at
least. I'll always enjoy sports and respect the athletes. But that
doesn't give the Olympics cart blanche; there are plenty of other
sporting venues.

The day that "wo0dyee" stops caring enough to even post negative
thoughts might bode the worst for the Olympics (if I represent say 30%
of the public....) Time will tell. I think the Olympics HAS lost a bit
of its luster among the general public; we'll see if it comes back.

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