I’m finishing up a writing class project today so this will be a very short post.

After watching more than two weeks of Olympics coverage I couldn’t help but notice the extraordinary sportsmanship of those who finished their competitions without a medal toward those did get a medal. The vying for position ended at the finish line or the end of the match. Those without medals seemed to genuinely congratulate the winners, almost as if they were thanking them for providing such fun, stupendous competition. To be sure, many times there were tears on the losing side but the congratulatory smiles, handshakes, and hugs seemed to be ones of good-natured, friendly sincerity.

Here’s the question: IF ATHLETES RAN THE WORLD INSTEAD OF POLITICIANS WOULD WARS CEASE? I’d like to get a conversation going here. All comments are appreciated and the more the better.


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Tori is a good writer aspiring to be a great writer. The mother of four adult kids she is currently pursuing postponed dreams. She enjoys her grandkids, traveling with hubby, spinning fiber, weaving, and raising Shih Tzus. Currently Tori posts to this blog on Mondays and Fridays.
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  1. befaster says:

    I don’t think so. Not all sports is like the Olympics (in fact I’d say most is a lot more fierce, competitive, and divisive). If the fans came with the athletes when they made the move to politics I’d venture to say it would be worse, we’d just watch the wars on TV and have play-by-play commentary, slow motion, and special features. I also think a lot of that sportsmanship is posturing by the athletes. They can’t often say what they are thinking, and when they do they get in trouble (Canadian women’s soccer team for a close-to-home example). I’d also say the amount of cheating at the Olympics (and all other sports arenas) wouldn’t bode well (or perhaps does bode well) for politics.

    Things that would benefit are leadership and hard work. But a lot of top athletes, in the professional world, have a sense of entitlement, and I don’t think that would be good. This is all coming from a kid who LOVES the Olympics and his favourite athletes, but I’d much rather leave my country to my politicians – however idiotic they are – than to a brawler like Chris Neil or a cocky showboater like Usian Bolt. At least there’s some semblance of politicians being trained for their jobs, and the stories of those who don’t act like that often end up being stories of athletes (or actors, musicians, etc…) who try to just step into major political roles.

    On the other hand (how many hands do I have now?) there are a few good examples of athletes making that switch successfully. Ken Dryden is a good example, or even recently Georges Larocque. Pretty sure there are some American senators who were Olympians as well… Anyways, I’ve ranted enough. Good luck with this philosophical conundrum!

  2. Not necessarily athletes, but people, whether athletic or not, with the attitudes of those particular athletes.

  3. torimcrae says:

    Rosalie and Ben: Thanks for wading into the discussion. I agree with Rosalie that it is a matter of attitude and athletes don’t have a corner on that and I suppose, like Ben said, that some of the “good sportsmanship” attitude of losers is put on. But I watch faces and it is usually pretty clear whether someone is sincere in their congratulations or not, as well as whether the loser is covering the attitude of a bad sport, just terribly disappointed or genuinely happy for the winner and glad to have competed with another great athlete, win or lose. Even the practice of keeping your disappointment or discontent at the results to yourself would make for a more peaceful world, don’t you think?

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