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2/26/10 8:32 A

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I unfortunately have not had time to watch much of the Olympics this go around. Did turn it on the other day, just in time to catch....the curling competition. ZZZZZZZZZZZ

I haven't paid much attention to the medal count; I always thought it was kinda dorky the way they keep track of that, as if somehow one country will come in "first" if they win the most medals.

I love the human interest stories more than anything else.

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2/24/10 8:16 P

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When I watch at all, I just like to see those amazing athletes (from any country) do what I can only dream of doing! They are amazing for the most part. Our media focus way too much on medals and mostly on the US.
Sportsmanship and athleticism is the most important. Because of the commercialism and medal focus, I don't watch them much anymore. That and the fact that I don't have much time for any kind of TV.

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2/24/10 5:14 P

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1. I know I should be more concerned with the general display of good athletecism and sportsmanship than the medals, but I'm not.
2. I don't really watch, just skim over the results in the newspaper or hear the results on the radio.

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2/20/10 3:46 P

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The Olympics have become far too politicized and commercialized for my tastes. I prefer watching the yearly world championships when the focus really IS on the athletes and less so on the medal count. Winning a medal is way too stressful for an athlete.

I remember a Nike ad one year that appalled me. It said,"you don't win silver, you lose gold." And what does that say about sportsmanship ?

Don't get me wrong, it's great when an American wins a medal, but... I too want to see more of the winners from other countries. This is supposed to be a global event, so let's see the rest of the world.

and since we're on the subject, I'd like to see more of the Olympics and LESS of the commercials !!

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Edited by: ARCHIMEDESII at: 2/20/2010 (15:47)
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2/17/10 5:05 P

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Definitely, athleticism and sportsmanship are most important. That said, as long as teams are organized and sponsored by countries, there will always be a political aspect to the games.

I don't really watch TV, so I haven't seen any of the Olympics yet.

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2/17/10 3:50 P

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Athleticism and sportsmanship. And yes..I tend to focus on the ones from the USA. But I'm not a huge fan of the Winter Games. I'm more into the Summer Games..and then mostly the swimming. Comes from having kids who were competitive swimmers. And even though my kids never made it that far (Karry made regionals all the time, Jason was mostly a HS swimmer)we did know kids that swam for various countries.

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2/17/10 3:33 P

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Today's informal poll is a 2-parter:

1. What's more important in your view:

a country's overall medal count?
the general display of good athletecism and sportsmanship?

2. Are you only interested in the athletes that represent your country or do you like watching any and all athletes competing?

Personally, I think that great athletecism is what's most impressive and regardless of their country of origin. Broadcasters that only focus on one country tend to frustrate me, because it's supposed to be a world-encompassing event! imho :)

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