Yes, the U.S. skiers and hockey teams have provided underwhelming moments thus far in these 2006 Olympic Games. And yes, there have been some spotty performances by many of the supposed favorites in a number of sports. But wait a minute. Isn’t that why we play these games? Isn’t that the true meaning of sports- to compete, and let the results dictate who’s best at a given moment in time?
If it was all so easy, we could, as they say, simply phone in the results. But that’s not the way it is. The action itself dictates who stands on the podium and who says he or she gave it their all, but it wasn’t quite enough. Frankly, I think it’s nice to see underdogs come out on top. It’s nice to see the status quo upended and new stories and new stars emerge.
That’s why everyone showed up in Torino- to try and put on the best performance of their lives. For some, that simply won’t be good enough, and for others, it means immortality as countrymen rally around their flag-bearers. The Olympic spirit is partially realized in the pursuit and the reality of results, not in the media’s omniscient predictions. Thank goodness for that. Think about it…
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