So the Olympics kicked off last Friday with a moving and long opening ceremony directed by one of my favorite directors of all time, Danny Boyle (please watch Trainspotting and Slumdog Millionaire, if you haven’t already). There were some selfish people who tried to spoil the opening for us by tweeting and posting pictures, however, thank God for their remedial reporting skills which allowed the rest of us to watch the opening as if it was happening live. I was able to take in some of the events as they unfolded last week, but my viewing plans have pretty much gone down hill since then. You will find out why in a minute. However, a big congratulations to all of the medalists the 2012 games. For the games that I watched, I saw and felt your emotions. Now here is my list of five things that are really pissing me off about the Olympics.
1. What is up with H.R.M? All little girls aspire to be Queens. It’s in our DNA, we want to look pretty, wear nice dresses, fancy headdress (preferably something with diamonds) and live “happily ever after.” But Her Royal Majesty apparently doesn’t believe in or want any part of the fairy tale. Her Royal Majesty, looked so unbelievably sour at the opening ceremony that I cringed every time her stone face flashed across my screen. What made it even more sad was that the NBC commentators tried to convince us that she actually has a “sense of humor.” Really?
2. Spoiler Alert! Which takes me to my next big complaint. Hobby Journalists can you please control your tweets and/or facebook status updates. Everyone is in such a rush to report the results thereby spoiling it for the rest of us who are counting down the time at our desks at work so that we can watch the action as if it was just unfolding. If you feel it necessary to share, just preface your status/tweets with a big SPOILER ALERT in caps and then skip down a couple of lines before posting the results so we don’t see it. I actually fault NBC for this. They didn’t need to package up everything that they were broadcasting. For instance today, big, big Sunday they could have broadcasted the Men’s 100m track and field final live as it was one of the most anticipated events of the 2012 games. Instead we have to wait until 8 pm.
3. Tax Them! What’s this with this tax thing on olympic medal winners? According to the Washington Times
“Athletes who win a gold medal also earn a $25,000 honorarium — and with it an $8,986 tax bill to the IRS, according to Americans for Tax Reform, which crunched the numbers. That covers both the honorarium and the tax on the value of the gold in the medal itself.
The silver medal tax comes to $5,385, and the bronze medal tax is $3,502 — including $2 for the value of the bronze medal itself, and the $10,000 honorarium.
That could leave amateur athletes — in many cases still teenagers — facing stiff tax bills when they return to the U.S.” Washington Times
Come on people, really? You are taxing these people who are representing the U.S. in these games. Mr. Rubio while you are at it, see if you can also do something about the taxes on those other brave souls that are representing our country abroad, our soldiers.
3. Institutionalized Training. So China has strick, Soviet Union era type training camp/facilities for their athletes. I guess they are really serious about competing and getting their athletes to focus on the task at hand. As a matter of fact so much so that the diving gold medalist from China was not told that her grandparents had died and that her mother was suffering from cancer. Competing and focusing is usually a good thing and I see China wants to really indoctrine this into their citizens. But tell the truth, didn’t the word “unfair,” on all levels come to mind after this juicy bit of fact came out? They aren’t robots they are human beings with…feelings. I know these athletes are serious about their sport and have given up a lot to get to their goals, but seriously you didn’t tell your kids about the death of their grandparents? Foul! And all this institutionalized training, doesn’t it make for unfair advantage for the other athletes. What should be revered more, natural talent and training to polish it or training (boot camp style or else) to develop it?
4. She is not her hair! I had a longer rant about this one. But after her gold medal wins, I know Gabrielle Douglass don’t even have to say a word. Her wins, candor and infectious smile says it all. “How you like me now?”
5. What about those other athletes? So the anticipated match-up between Yohan Blake and Usain Bolt from team Jamaica has captured the news media and propelled both of my country men into star status. I’ve come across so many articles focusing on these two and other articles trying to explain Jamaica’s track and field prowess. However, all of that attention on the sprinters has drowned out athletes who are not part of Team Jamaica track. For example, there is Samantha Albert who competed for Jamaica in Equestrian events at the Olympics. There is also Alia Atkinson from Jamaica who finished fourth in the final 100m breaststroke event. It’s not a medal, but fourth place is still pretty impressive for Jamaica where most of us don’t swim. And there is Kenneth Edwards who is representing Jamaica in TaeKwondo. However, not a peep, not a Facebook status, no energy, no prayer, no discussion what so ever amongst Jamaican’s for these lesser known, but just as important athletes. This is the same for the coverage of American athletes as well. Maybe instead of the entertain part, NBC can focus on the education aspect (i.e. show us a sport we aren’t familiar with) if they win the next contract.
By the way, this is what I wore to work last Wednesday. I rocked my now “famous” Asos green pants with a silk green button front shirt that I picked up at Marshalls earlier this year a black belt and black clutch.
I would love to hear your thoughts on the 2012 games!
One Love, Natasha