Olympians and their performance tend to be taken as a commentary upon the nation they represent.
The service then is acting as evidence pertaining to claims of the development and capabilities of a society.
Take for example a 15 years old American long distance swimmer that nearly sets a world record in the 800m Freestyle:
800 meters is 800 meters and water is water...the record has stood for 23 years...
the only difference is the swimmer, who through superior diet and training, compared to 23 years ago, is able to accomplish while still in puberty
what it once took a more mature and experienced swimmer to accomplish in the past.
Olympians are a more cost effective, efficient form of international diplomacy...it should be obvious that once the athletes competitive career is
over, they move into roles as Ambassadors and Intelligence agents.
the discipline and morality that was developed from years of perfecting a craft or skills in a sport to the point of being the best, if only for one
moment of one day, they are viewed as ethical partners and collaborators by our rivals.
the service they provide is that they justify us, the citizens of the nation they represent.
do you realize the value of an Olympic medalist in a 3rd world nation? it is far beyond immense. not necessarily in a monetary way, but for national
self esteem...which some may consider more important than material wealth.
an African, Ethiopian, marathoner shows up to the Olympics with no shoes and runs the race with no shoes because he trained and lived in a world where
shows were not easily available and wins the Marathon barefoot...
an entire nation realizes these types of things are not absolutely necessary to accomplish things in life; their outlook changes.
and as powerful as these examples are...there will always be people in the world that will continue to tell people they aren't worth a squirt of piss
no matter how hard they try and this will be effective.
edit on 4-8-2012 by michaelbrux because: (no reason given)