I have been enjoying every second of these Olympic games!
Almost, every second actually. There are some moments I have found disturbing and sad. And these moments have little to do with the outcome of the event.
As a youngster, I would watch the summer games and wonder why the Soviet Bloc athletes all did so well. Time after time they would win gold, dwarfing the efforts by non-Soviet nations. The answer was simple, they cheated. The Soviets could have taught Balco things about performance enhancing drugs! That, and the way they trained their young athletes was disturbing.
Now the Chinese athletes seem to be going the same way. I’m not saying there’s the drug enhanced cheating going on that the Soviets got away with back in the day, but some of the Chinese athletes are bettering their personal bests, not by tenths of seconds, but by whole seconds!
The sad thing is they way they react to their success’s. Comparing the joy they exhibit to the joy other nation’s athletes exhibit is stunning. I understand cultural differences and stoicism, but never a smile? Ever? I’m afraid the government is training the happiness right out of these athletes. And for all the hard work required to achieve this level of success, that is truly sad . . . . . . .