August 23, 2016

Olympics: Are the Olympic Games Even Relevant Anymore?


I didn't watch any of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics.  The TV production and event announcers are put-to-sleep boring.  Plus, who knows who is doping, and who is not?  Sometimes doping cheats are not found out for years, resulting in ongoing changes to past Olympic results.

Heck, according to an analysis by the New York Times, at least 120 athletes at the Rio Games were previously suspended for doping.  And of the 974 Olympic medals awarded, 35 went to athletes who previously served doping suspensions.  That's beyond sad.

And don't get me started on the women's 800 meter race. How can it possibly be fair to other competitors when a person who is a hyperandrogenic female is allowed to run as a female in the woman's 800 meter event?  I'm talking about Caster Semenya, of course, who crushed the field to win gold.  According to the The Daily Telegraph of Australia, Semenya has internal testes and three times the testosterone level of a typical woman.  However, the Daily Telegraph's claim has never been verified.  A claim that Semenya has no uterus or ovaries also has not been verified.

Caster Semenya has dominated women's middle-distance running since a ruling which previously forced her to take drugs to cut her testosterone was overturned.  Here Semenya is winning a semi-final heat at the Rio Olympics, and another photo from a 2009 race in Berlin.  Don't they speaks volumes?


Photo Credit:  Unknown
Plus, that the International Association of Athletics Federations allows Caster Semenya to compete in women's track events via an unpublished gender-verification process adds more controversy and questions to this highly-debated matter.

Are the Olympic Games Even Relevant Anymore?

The days of Jim McKay, a field of amateur athletes, and figure skating compulsory figures are gone from the Olympics.  Heck, the US Men's Basketball Team is stacked with NBA pros.  The US beat Serbia 96 to 66 to win the Olympic gold medal.  That level of dominance is not an Olympic event to be glorified, it's a superhuman joke.


Video:  Figure Skating Compulsory Figures Through the Years
Video Credit:  floskate 

I'm beginning to  think the Olympic Games are no longer relevant.  At least in their current state.  Perhaps creating permanent Summer and Winter Olympic Venues with rotating host countries would at least add consistency and financial stability to the games.

Yes, perhaps I'm a sap for yearning for Olympic events such the gutsy yet charming Olga Korbut, the challenge of the figure skating compulsory figures, and all-smiles Dorothy Hamill telling Jim McKay that she had a hot fudge sundae for dessert after winning her Olympic gold medal in the 1976 Innsbruck Olympics.

But I can still wish.

Mary Rae Fouts

9 comments:

  1. Great skating video showing the Good Old Days!

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    1. Agree, a wonderful compilation. (Also, I edited the post to add a credit for the video.) Just imagine competing outside in the winter cold, rather than an indoor arena.

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  2. There may true discussion of permanent venues, as cities who were considering bidding for future Olympic Games have pulled out. I think the last games to be financially viable were the LA Summer Games in the 1980s.

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    1. I recently read that about the Los Angeles Summer Olympics, too. There is some conflicting information about this, in which some analysis (including that on Wikipedia) shows many more Olympic Games profitable. So not sure what to believe.

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  3. That is not a woman.

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  4. Don't forget the Hamill Camel ice skating spinning move!

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  5. And don't forget Nadia Comanici (spelling?) from Romania. She scored the perfect 10s in the Olympics. Still remember her pig tailed hair.

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  6. Apparently viewing on TV was very low for the Rio Games.

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  7. Apparently viewing on TV was very low for the Rio Games.

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