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Saturday, February 18, 2006

Olympics progress and embarrassment.



Well, being that the Olympics are at the midpoint or so (YIKES!) I thought I would post progress on my slipped stitch mesh drape/shawl/poncho (still don't know how I am going to finish it). The pictures are not good and it's hard to see how pretty it actually is since it's not blocked but I am pleased with my progress so far. It will be a close call, maybe even a photo finish, to the end but real olympic athletes never give up, right?

Which brings me to the "embarassment" portion of the post. Is anyone else out there as utterly appalled and embarrassed by the lack of sportmanship and goodwill exhibited by Lindsey Jacobellis yesterday in the women's snowboard cross finals? Both my husband and I just shook our heads at her obvious attempt at showboating to the end. In a slightly wicked and evil way, I am kind of glad that she fell out of it and ended up with a silver. It would have tarnished the true spirit of the Olympics had she showboated and still gotten the gold. I was just so disappointed at the whole thing. To have looked over your shoulder to check the competition and then decided that you had a good enough lead that you could show off just seems completely reprehensible. Isn't the true olympian the athlete that competes to do their best and for the sake of competing? What WAS she thinking? And I don't care that she's young and it's her first olympic experience and she "got caught up in the moment". The moment wasn't her moment yet. The race was still going on. She's an athlete. She's representing the USA. She should KNOW what good sportsmanship is. Celebrate like hell after the race. Jump around, holler, hoot, pump your arms, laugh, cry, whatever you want when you actually have WON but how dare any athlete be arrogant & pompous enough to 'celebrate' and show off in the midst of competition?? It's one of the things that turns me off about professional sports. Give me college sports anyday where the athletes are there for the love of the game and the privilege of getting to play. If you would like to see this embarrassing moment in US olympic history you can go here and click on the link to "jacobellis' SBX race" and also read an article about it as well. And people wonder why Americans are often seen worldwide as being self-serving and arrogant. Exactly why that image exist can be explained by that race yesterday.

5 Comments:

At 4:11 PM , Blogger Mom (a.k.a. Mary Ann) said...

Wow, your olympics project (whatever it is) is really exciting. I love the colors.
If it goes to a photofinish, at least it will be in technicolor.

 
At 5:35 PM , Blogger Norah said...

It's gorgeous! I love the colors.

 
At 7:54 AM , Blogger Sheryl said...

Your Olympic project will be a gold medal winner - the colors are incredible. I have to say that I have not had time to follow the Olympics but I agree with you on the unsportswoman like behavior. I detest that attitude in any area of life. Just confirms what so many in the world think of us - arrogant Americans.

 
At 11:50 AM , Blogger amylovie said...

The color of your project is gorgeous!

I haven't watched the games, but it sounds like she acted like a stinker.

Amy

 
At 3:33 AM , Blogger Sharon said...

Your olympic project is lovely, beautiful colours, good on you.

Oh dear, in Australia we see that sort of thing and say 'sucked in', but unfortunately it gives your fellow country men and women a bad name which most of you beautiful people do not deserve.

 

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