Heartwarming Moments and Stories from the Rio Olympics

The 2016 Olympics in Rio came and went with the usual bevy of political and social troubles — though in fairness, the games have been tainted with controversy and poor sportsmanship since their inception in ancient times. Brazil, like most Olympic hosts, will no doubt continue to endure the economic and political repercussions, and such problems should not be discounted.

But for all those issues, I think it is worth looking at the bad with the good, and thankfully this year’s Olympics had plenty of touching milestones worth appreciating. Consider the following: Continue reading

The Olympics

While I still enjoy watching the Olympics, I’m still disappointed by the strong correlation between wealth and performance: for obvious reasons, the top performers are almost always the countries with the most money and resources. Thus, the majority of events end up being contested mostly by the same dozen or so countries that have the largest economics (albeit with some exceptions, such as Romania in gymnastics, Caribbean or African countries in running, etc).

It’d be interesting to see how all the countries in the world would perform if they had access to the same finances and infrastructure. It’s no surprise that America’s highly commercialized athletes often top the charts, as do China’s representatives, who have the investment of a large state to back them up. Imagine what the world’s mostly poor countries could do with just half of those resources. There’s a lot of untapped potential out there, and I think the games would be far more competitive and interesting.

Just a thought.

Daily News Wire 7/28/2012