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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Feb. 24 - Lisa's Musings From Every Day Life

I love The Olympics -- especially the Winter Games.

It's all that cold and snow and ice and these people who love to go out and play in it. I just think it's cool. No pun intended.

And, this year the Americans have been kicking some serious snowtail, winning more medals than anyone predicted.

It doesn't matter whether those medals came with or without numbers assigned to them by human judges.

All of these men and women are champions and although I cheer the loudest for the athletes representing the USA, I want each and every one of them to log their personal best when they compete.

Only the top three in each event will win a medal, but each competitor can aspire to surpass anything they've done in the past.

I want every competitor to shine in their Olympic moment. Or moments. On greatest athletic stage on Earth.

But above all, no matter where they finish, they must be good sports.

And some of them haven't been.

Poor sportsmanship goes against everything The Olympics stands for. And I don't care which medal or medals they did or didn't get, sportsmanship, above all else, is the most basic principle of competition.

During my lifetime, I've had the honor of calling several Olympic athletes my friends. Some were alternate Olympians for different sports; others had been selected to compete when we boycotted The Games, while still others were able to not only compete, but also to medal.

For those who were able to compete, regardless of how they finished, they will tell you that competing in the Olympics was one of the best moments of their lives.

The Olympics are something they'll never forget because being chosen by their country as an Olympian is an honorable title, which carries with it respect and responsibility. Not just for the athlete and his or her sport, but also for the athlete's entire country.

Win or lose, Olympic athletes and their conduct before, during and after The Games reflects on an entire country.

It's one of the things athletes pledge to uphold when they take the Olympic Oath.

In the future, I think the Olympic Committee should take away medals from athletes who are poor sports because in my book, anyway, they aren't true Olympians.



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