not at all - infact, I was watching a fencing match with the chinese team against the Ukrainian - and a couple of times in there they did not give the
chinese team the point when it seemed obvious to them and me that the chinese girl had scored.
So Ukraine walked away with a gold medal.
Infact, you could say they are being to careful not to be biased.
Who really cares who walks away with the most medals anyway?
The funny thing is that America is made up of a bunch of expats from Europe, and other places.
A native born Hungarian won for an Austrian team - notice not to many medals for Hungary? Well 1/3 of the nation is somewhere else.
At what point does any of this 'nationalistic' stuff make sense?
The U.S., if anything, is not representing a nation - but showing that the world is now connected as one and the world is the melting pot.
If you want to talk about biased, you could say they are biased towards Michael Phelps.
The 7th medal, I believe, was not that clear.
In fact when they gave Phelps the winning point, as it were, the crowd seemed to be shocked that they decided so fast to award Phelps the win,
whenever it was unclear if he did win.
The ref was biased in the comment and basically implied that there was never any question if Phelps would have won...of course he would have. As the
ref basically put it, "hes the best athlete".
Infact, they would have maximal shared the gold with the other athlete - but consideration for Phelps to get 2nd was out of the question in a race
From what I saw...in the tiny pics released, it looked like Phelps lost by a hair.
And also, notice that the winner of the relays - its Phelps name that becomes the teams representative. After all, the whole team got gold...it should
be 'team usa'.
He wouldnt have got some of those without the team
What am I ranting about?
This build up of some egoic identity of an individual, in this case, (though it can apply to a nation), when all of it is just bogus. (Not picking on
Phelps...just an example...)
The fact is all those athletes are talented, and those that win...did so in times when it was a virtual tie. (The Russian tennis match, Russia vs.
Russia, was pretty darn close in regards to talent if you watched it.)
Bad days, good days - a lot at a certain point is darn luck.
But ego goes away and forgets the others that were basically gold medalist... and puts the guy/gal who lucked out with the gold up as if they won by
Competition is all good and fun, but we take it way to seriously, and then turn it into some idol and dream to shoot for...something to help build
walls and not tear them down.
Go China...win double gold than the U.S.
Get the most medals. Why? Well, why not?
The whole thing is lopsided anyway. The U.S. is mainly winning in swimming - which has 5 million events in it. So they produce good swimmers...perhaps
we should have a million categories in the other events as well.
What purpose is there to having a 50 meter (phelps absent...guess like running some are not good sprinters), 100 meter, 200, 300, 400, etc.
I mean, if your good at long distances - you dont have to have 500 variations to prove the point.
You either get it or not - so instead of 8 gold medals its more like one...and the sprint was won by...forgot. (See, its all about building up this
character identification again.)
No, Im not anti-U.S.
But if China winning can get people to look at the sport as a sport, and stop identifying with it as an 'us vs. them' - then go for it. Again,
Americas talent is based on worldwide talent. The only 'true' Americans, (The American Indians), are not even in the games.
Again, time to unite - and games can be a good way to do this.
[edit on 18-8-2008 by dAlen]