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What does the Olympics mean to you?

  1. Nick Hanlon profile image60
    Nick Hanlonposted 5 years ago

    They only come around every 4 years.do you feel compelled to watch them ?Do you feel more patriotic when someone from your nation wins atthe Olympics?or do you feel it is just another commericial activity camoflage in a noble sporting ethos?

    1. christopheranton profile image74
      christopherantonposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      The whole "olympic thing" bores me to tears and drives me mad with frustration from the disruption to my regular life, not to speak of the TV schedules. I am proud to say that I have not watched one minute of the whole "circus" to date. I hope I manage to get through the next few weeks without seeing it either.

    2. gabrielthomas72 profile image76
      gabrielthomas72posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      It is unfortunate that a lot of people will see The Olympics as a massive opportunity to for large corporations to promote themselves under the guise of Sport.
      As someone who competes in sport at whatever I can, whenever I can I, I do feel a sense of pride when I see an athlete achieving their dream. These men and women have worked incredibly hard to get the top of their chosen events and I believe we should be proud of these athletes if they are from our own countries.
      I understand that many people will see The Olympics as an incredible waste of money, but I see it as an opportunity for the world to come together and celebrate the outstanding achievements of some incredible human beings.

  2. WriteAngled profile image84
    WriteAngledposted 5 years ago

    I am not interested in any sport of any kind. The Olympics is just the biggest commercial circus of them all. Fortunately, since I do not watch television, this event has absolutely no impact on me at all.

    On the other hand, the Welsh National Eisteddfod is starting tomorrow. I will be commuting there from home each day until it finishes the following Saturday. This is one of the high points of my year since I started learning Welsh!

  3. SoManyPaths profile image59
    SoManyPathsposted 5 years ago

    It has become too commercial for me. I am a sports fan but the Olympics represents Gymnastics, Swimming, and Track & Field.

    Now they are letting in paid professional athletes in Basketball, Tennis, Beach Volleyball and in 2016 Golf. It is just too much. Who really wants to see Kobe Bryant a 34 yr old highly paid professional compete for a medal. Or Tiger Woods, Serena Williams & Federer in tennis, Neymar in Soccer(Futbol) .  These people have made $50mil. The Olympics should be restricted to amateur (non-paid, non-professional) athletes under 24 yrs old. The USA has bought their sports and older pro players into this tradition.  Guess what? they are even discussing putting in American Football into the Olympics at some point. When does this greed end?

    I expect to see young unknown faces reach great heights, not some paid professional hoist a medal. I know basketball, tennis, volleyball have been in the Olympics for 50 or 100 yrs but they did not feature professional paid athletes like it dos today.
    I am glad they don't show the pros where I am right now and instead focus on true Olympic games.

    FWIW: I just watched on old episode of Miami Vice and noticed that it ran for 49 minutes of its 60 min vs today's 38 to 40 minutes of today's hour long shows - Commercialism is too much.

  4. aware profile image68
    awareposted 5 years ago

    When all nations   come together without guns in their hands to compete.
    Its a win win .

  5. hubzer profile image59
    hubzerposted 5 years ago

    LONDON 2012 - Day 10 MEDAL COUNT

        China 62
        USA    61    i SAY go U..S,,A,

  6. Nick Hanlon profile image60
    Nick Hanlonposted 5 years ago

    Am reading a book about the 1948 olympics when it was really amateurish.ostermeyer,who won the women's discus event,only threw her 1st discus a few months before the games.It was not uncommon for athletes to practice for 1/2 an hour or so for each day.Huge contrast to today.