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Isn't the real problem the fact that the media and by extension Joe Public 
view someone who finished .036 seconds slower than the gold medalist as 
somehow being a 'loser"?

I've never understood the strange theory that if you don't win, you might as 
well not have shown up.

What's wrong with being ranked, say, *only* 10th in the world?  Isn't it 
closer to the Olympic spirit to simply experience the joys of competing with 
the best?  Or is the true measure of success at the Olympics the number of 
subsequent product endorsements you can pull in?

If the latter's the case, why isn't NASCAR in the summer games?

Leigh


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Dulik, Andy (US - Jericho)" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Tuesday, February 21, 2006 10:02 AM
Subject: Re: [SKIVT-L] ****RESULTS ALERT**** Men's Olympic GS today


> But is the general public really paying attention to Bode now, or have
> they just decided he is a loser who did not live up to expectations?
> Don't forget this is the same public that has taken the media's b/s as
> gospel already, why would they stop believing?  Since you can't always
> trust what is written in print these days, surely the talking heads who
> come into your home on the TV can't look you in the eye and mis-lead
> you, right..
>
> It would be nice if the Olympics remained the embodiment of why we get
> our kids involved in sport.  Have fun, try your best, push your limits,
> work hard, be happy with doing the best you can.  Naive and idealistic,
> I know.
>
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> Behalf Of T O S
> Sent: Tuesday, February 21, 2006 9:38 AM
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> Subject: Re: [SKIVT-L] ****RESULTS ALERT**** Men's Olympic GS today
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> The US media loves to promote athletes as being a sure thing.
> Then if the athlete doesn't get gold, they are a loser and can only save
> face by crying on TV.   I love the way Bode is laughing at them.
> US athletes should be sending him thank you cards for educating the
> public/media.
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