Vancouver 2010 ~ The Winners & The Winners

February 14, 2010 • Pride • Views: 990

Having been born without a single athletic bone in my body, I am in awe of the skill of these competitors.

Medals

NodarThe loss of luge racer, Nodar Kumaritshvili is heartbreaking. In 21 years of life he made his way to stand with the best in the world. This is to be honored. My heart aches for his family, friends, and countrymen.

I have been glued to the games since the magnificent opening ceremonies. I’ve also been watching the, self proclaimed, “anarchists” claiming to be protesters. News flash: Smashing the property of others and running wild through the streets is not anarchy – it’s stupidity: You have earned the GOLD MEDAL for Group Stupidity, congratulations, IDIOTS!

torchWhere those true protestors are concerned, those who demonstrate against the games peacefully: I may not agree with your logic, but I respect your right to gather. I’m sure there are plenty of deals made by the “money people” to get a piece of the Olympic action. I know there is great financial debt that becomes the burden of taxpayers. Yet: for me the games are not about corporate greed or government spending. They are about the athletes who have given most of their years on earth striving for personal excellence. It is about national pride and worldwide solidarity. Homelessness is a global epidemic. So much more has to be done everywhere (especially by the elect). However, attempting to diminish something positive will never repair something negative.

I am Canadian. I don’t have much competitive edge in me. I’m proud of every Olympian, whether I know them by name or not. I want Canada to take home as many medals as possible. Yet, every time an athlete goes down during their event, I hold my breath. Their home country is irrelevant. They’ve all worked hard to be there and it is over in an instant. As viewers I think we can all feel their pain.

Image By Steve Russell/Toronto Star
kristiDuring the women’s moguls many athletes went down. Yet all got back up and finished the race. There were heavy sighs and headshakes, then all smiled and waved to the crowd, while awaiting scores that would have them in the bottom of the pack. When Kristi Richards of team Canada went down hard, she got up, paused a moment, put her ski back on, faced the crowd, and raised her arms as if to ask, “Do you want it?” The crowd cheered wildly and Richards continued down the run to complete her back flip/full rotation, in the air. She executed the trick perfectly and glided through the finish. I was so proud to be Canadian. Richards takes the gold in sportsmanship. It is far easier to win with grace than to lose with it.

I can’t speak for the athletes, but, truly, I have yet to see anything but winners. In a world rife with struggle and disillusionment it is an honor to witness such determination. The best of the best have come to triumph in sport. They inspire children to strive for dreams and believe in possibility; to me, this is worth more than money spent.

Thank you, Olympians, trainers, coaches, judges, organizers, volunteers, media, et. All! Keep up the great work!

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9 Responses to Vancouver 2010 ~ The Winners & The Winners

  1. Diane Winchester says:

    Why does your blog always bring tears to my eyes! Well said, on many levels…D

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  3. Sandy Cameron says:

    Wow Pamela! Great article! I shed a tear or two. I love the Olympics because of the sportsmanship displayed by all the athletes and coaches. I still remember from the last Winter Olympics when in a Nordic event the Norwegian coach who, during the race, passed his ski pole to the Canadian skier who had broken hers. She went on to win the silver medal in that event. In appreciation Canadians later sent him 5 tons of maple syrup. He had mentioned that maple syrup was a favourite of his that he could not get in Norway.

  4. Patricia/Plookster says:

    Nicely said Pam. I find it very moving to watch any athelete from any country give their all, will cry at anyone’s national anthem. It is indeed an honour to witness them give their all, no matter the outcome.

  5. Cecile (@BetsBooth) says:

    Well said!

  6. linda woods says:

    The women’s mogul event was so intense and exciting! Those women are an inspiration for sure.

  7. protester says:

    I missed so many “glowing hearts” today at the March for Missing and Murdered Women. I think I didn’t see a single person wearing Olympic merchandise marching with us, and I did look around looking for one. I did see lots of faces I had seen at recent anti-olympic protests (some of them nonviolent anarchists like myself), marching peacefully and respectfully, and carrying no banners besides the five that were prepared by the organizers of the march.

    Comparing with the smashed glass pane yesterday, I didn’t see a lot of coverage on mainstream press, though. No riot porn, no public interest? DTES survivor women not so inspiring as Olympians? Violence against poor, indegenous women not so worth condemning as property damage?

  8. Dear Protester,
    As I said – I respect your right to march peacefully. I’m not sure what governs press coverage in Vancouver. Generally, in Toronto, every protest makes the news. Those who behave like animals do tend to make the most noise and get more press. Sad but true.

    I certainly don’t condone violence against anyone – not ever. I have worked with others in fundraising to end violence against women, globally. I am a champion of the underdog. I grew up in poverty myself and have survived violence.

    Having pride in our athletes does not mean I support violence. Nor do I believe that bashing the Olympians/Olympics will bring an end to violence against women. I fail to see the connection. I do see groups of idiots and groups of civilized people protesting at a time when all eyes are on Vancouver. I think the Olympics are not so much the target as an opportunity to get more press. Its a good plan.

    Many of us have crosses to bare. We have life experiences that scar us. I am not exempt from dark days. I sincerely hope your group continues to speak out for women. I hope you remain peaceful in your gatherings. I hope you can get the attention of the powers that can change things for the better. But I will continued to be inspired by the positive impact the athletes have on children.

    There is a saying: You can never suffer enough to ease the suffering of another. I believe it is necessary to celebrate what is good and strive to change what is bad. There is room for both.

    Sincerely,
    Pam
    I wish you the best

  9. Patience says:

    …nice reply to the protester…well put Pam… and may I add …not only do the athletes have positive impact on our children…but positive impact on the world…and the “feel good” we get with their stories…especially when shared the way you naturally put words to your blog…hats off Pam…keep on blogging…we look forward to it…from one volunteer to another…we too deserve GOLD!
    Cheers,
    Patience
    out on beautiful Vancouver Island

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