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The Poor Olympics



It would seem that the key concept for the 'actually existing Olympics' is signified by the word poor

From Monday's Guardian:

"It is hard to believe anything will surpass the organisational chaos and naked commercial greed of the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta or the financial ­disaster of the 1976 Games, which ­bankrupted Montreal, yet with every passing day the sense of drift and nervousness about the Vancouver Games grows ever more noticeable."

More at: Lawrence Donigan

From a Dutch Sports Fan's blog:

"Rant alert! NBC is doing an awful job covering the Vancouver Winter Olympics to the American people. The TV channel shows mostly recaps, commercials, profiles of athletes, talking heads, reruns of the fatal luge accident and things like “the history of snowboarding” … but hardly any live sporting events. I’m really amazed by how poor the coverage is. Tonight I wanted to watch the 500m speed skating race but at the time of the event NBC was showing a travel show about Vancouver. When I returned some time later they had a piece about polar bears in Manitoba (I’m not kidding). The speed skating event is now long over but highlights will be shown later tonight. No thanks, I’ve already seen the results.

More at: Wolfstad

From the Montreal Gazette:

"The Olympics are supposed to be uplifting. So far, the Vancouver Olympics are anything but.

The problem starts at the very top: the Own the Podium initiative, that federally sponsored program that aims to overcompensate for the supposed ignominy of Canada's modest collection of medals at past Olympics by making this country the No. 1 nation in terms of medals won. That's right, No. 1. Arrogance, not the Olympic spirit, is what inspires Own the Podium.

Yes, let's not forget the Olympic spirit. It's that corny but terrific idea that, in the words of Pierre de Coubertin, "The important thing is not to win but to take part." That idea has become unfashionable in recent decades, but the organizers of these Games have consigned it to oblivion.

The symptoms of the new approach surfaced well before the start of these Games. As early as last September the New York Times reported that Canadian officials were going all out to exploit their home-field advantage for these Games. They were giving U.S. athletes, unlike their Canadian counterparts, minimal opportunities to become familiar with the luge track, speedskating oval and ski hill - the peculiarities of which can can greatly affect performance. The head of USA Luge understandably complained of "poor sportsmanship."

Certainly little sportsmanship was on display Sunday when the Canadian women's hockey team piled it on 18-0 against Slovakia. It was embarrassing. Pure humiliation. Never mind that the Olympic Charter says the Games should set a "good example" for upcoming generations.

Arrogance implies insensitivity, and you could see a lot of that at the opening ceremony. Although the organizers bent over backward to give an appropriate place to Canada's native people, their blind spot in regard to French Canada was staggeringly disrespectful. You'd almost think a sovereignist mole had staged the whole ceremony to stoke Quebec's resentment."

More at: Henry Aubin

The convergence of the networks of collectives have shoved the concept of 'poor' into the coverage of the mainstream media:

From ABC TV:

"Vancouver got the Winter Olympics because of its magnificent mountain scenery but there's a side to the city that Olympic organisers have been less keen to brag about. Just a few blocks from where the opening ceremony will take place at the end of this week lies one of the most highly concentrated areas of poverty, homelessness and drug abuse in North America.

The people who live in what's called the Down Town East Side say they're not benefiting at all from the Winter Games. So today they held what they called the Poverty Olympics.

North America correspondent Lisa Millar was there. (Sounds of drums and people gathering)"

More at: Lisa Millar

Even Fox Sports has to show the 'No Snow Show'

Oh dear!


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