Thursday, August 9, 2012

Medal Count

Is it just me or is a lot being made of the medal count and the fact that the United States has more gold medals and overall medals than China?  It seems to me this is not the goal of the Olympics.  The Olympic Creed states:

"The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well". 

So, is not all the hoopla over the number of medals a country gets against the Olympic Creed?  Right now according to the medal count, the USA stands at 90 total medals and China at 80 with the USA winning 39 gold to China's 37. 

Do the athletes make much of the medal count?  I do not think so, take for instance Liu Xiang, the Chinese hurdler that was expected to medal.  He did not make it over the first hurdle, instead, he hopped down the track to the finish line where his arm was raised in triumph by another athlete.  I think the politicians could learn by watching the athletes and the respect they give each other. 

1 comment:

  1. I's the news media mostly. They tend to lean towards sensationalism and politics. We have to not be like sheep and toss their hypes to the wind.