Monday, July 30, 2012

That's the Olympics. That's Life.

I love the Olympics.  I love "sport".  I love the concept that on any given day, any given competitor has the opportunity to win or lose, no matter what the circumstances.

Case(s) in point:
    • Stanford upsets USC in 2007
    • App State upsets Michigan in 2007
    • USA Hockey defeats the Russians in 1984
    • The Little Giants defeat the Little Cowboys in 1994 (remember that movie??)
    • Nastia Liuken defeats Shawn Johnson in the 2008 Olympic Women's All-Around
And adding to this list, Aly Raisman knocks Jordyn Wieber out of contention for the 2012 Olympic Women's All-Around.

My goodness...I love sport =)  If you didn't have a chance to watch this last night, I strongly suggest you check out any news website and read the story.  It's pretty incredible!

I also thought I would quickly share the fact that I believe it's utterly ridiculous and unfair for anyone to be complaining about how things shook out in the qualifications last night.  That's how qualifications work.  That's the Olympics.  That's life.  You have a bad day - you don't make the cut.  Period.  End of story.

What a shame that Aly now has to listen to everyone complaining about how unfair the rules are, how they should change everything, all because the reigning champion had a bad day.  Don't cheapen what Aly has accomplished.  Let's cheer on Team USA's representatives and actually act like a team.

Let's Go,  Team USA!  Best believe I will be watching and cheering and happy when all the medalists earn what they deserve.

1 comment:

  1. I totally agree that it's not fair that Aly isn't getting the recognition she deserved. She absolutely deserves a place in the All Around. She did a great job! solid.

    I do have a problem with the fact that each country is only allowed 2 all around gymnasts. It's not really fair and doesn't make for the best competition. Jordan didn't make the top 2 for the US, but she probably qualified top 5 or 6 overall and still can't compete. And I am pretty sure US isn't the only country that has this problem. I do think this should be a rule change in the future, but I am so excited for the All Around and team finals coming up!

    I feel bad for Jordyn but she did have some mistakes.

    I love the Olympics too, if you haven't noticed! A little behind from vacation this weekend...but all caught up now!


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