Saturday, August 1, 2015

Olympic Movement

I am disappointed in what the Olympics has become. I once dreamed of being an Olympic hockey player and thought of an Olympic gold medal being the highest achievement in sport. I actually think I had something in my senior year high school yearbook profile that mentioned my desire & goal to be an Olympian.

The most recent debacle with the Boston 2024 bid is another significant indication that the Olympic spirit and movement is approaching extinction.

These days, when I think of the Olympics, I choose to remember what Jim Craig wrote in the forward of the book "The Boys of Winter":

"I don’t believe those Winter Games in Lake Placid will ever be duplicated . I don’t say that because we beat maybe the greatest Soviet hockey team ever assembled, or even because Eric Heiden won five gold medals, a performance that I honestly think dwarfs what we did. I say it because there weren’t doping scandals or judging scandals or an Olympic Village that was overrun with millionaires and professionals in Lake Placid. Herb Brooks, God rest his soul, wasn’t coaching a Dream Team. He was coaching a team full of dreamers. There is a big difference . In Lake Placid, it didn’t feel as if the Games were being run by corporations. It felt as if at the heart of them was a brotherhood of athletes, the best in the world, deep in the Adirondack Mountains."

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