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“...We don’t lift weights in order to look hot, especially for the likes of men like that. What makes them think that we even WANT them to find us attractive? If you do, thanks very much, we’re flattered. But if you don’t, why do you really need to voice this opinion in the first place, and what makes you think we actually give a toss that you, personally, do not find us attractive? What do you want us to do? Shall we stop weightlifting, amend our diet in order to completely get rid of our ‘manly’ muscles, and become housewives in the sheer hope that one day you will look more favourably upon us and we might actually have a shot with you?! Cause you are clearly the kindest, most attractive type of man to grace the earth with your presence. Oh but wait, you aren’t. This may be shocking to you, but we actually would rather be attractive to people who aren’t closed-minded and ignorant. Crazy, eh?! We, as any women with an ounce of self-confidence would, prefer our men to be confident enough in themselves to not feel emasculated by the fact that we aren’t weak and feeble.”— Zoe Smith (Team GB Olympic Weightlifter) in response to rude male comments about herself and other women weightlifters
WHY THE HELL IS EVERYONE SO WORKED UP OVER MEDALS? SO CANADA ONLY HAD ONE GOLD! WHO CARES! WE DID OUR BEST, MAYBE THE ATHLETES WERE HAVING A BAD DAY. WE STILL GOT MEDALS! WHO CARES IF COUNTRIES WITH A FRACTION OF OUR POPULATION GOT MORE GOLDS? YES, POPULATION IS A FACTOR, BUT NOT THE ONLY ONE. YOU’VE GOTTA LOOK AT COACHES, EQUIPMENT, TIME, INJURIES ETC. OKAY, MAYBE THERE ARE THINGS THAT WE CAN IMPROVE ON, BUT THERE ARE ALWAYS GOING TO BE THINGS THAT ARE BEYOND OUR CONTROL. Please don’t complain about our ranking. We’ll do better next time. But can we just celebrate?
Last time I checked the Olympics were to help international affairs, promote a global village (or something along those lines). Isn’t that what it all comes down to in the end? Not whose nation is better, just celebrating all the achievements of EVERY athlete, regardless of their nation, ethnicity, language, and how they measure up to others. Yes, I’ll wave a Canadian flag and declare my support for my country. But in the end, we’re all part of one world. Why has it become so hard to think of the whole world as one nation?
Remember these games, the amazing athletes from every nation that competed, that trained hard for those few short moments. Remember the ones that got onto those podiums, remember the ones that didn’t. Remember the athletes who stopped competing, remember the ones who will stop and remember the ones who will keep going. Don’t get caught up in counting little donut-sized pieces of metal (I have no idea what medals are actually made of).
One day we’ll look back at this and smile. Think back of all the new world records, of all the achievements that will make the books. The accomplishments of athletes from our five continents. So what if they didn’t do as well as we all hoped, we move on and congragulate them for getting that far. The Olympics, a competition for some of the BEST athletes from each country.
I’m sorry if this offended you, or if you disagree. But, it’s my opinion that we celebrate and remember. Remember the athletes that we pined medal hopes on. Remember Paula Findlay, Simon Whitfield and Alexandre Despatie. Canadians that we held such high hopes for. NONE of them disappointed us. They did their best. If you’re disappointed, (this may offend some people) but I would like to see you go and train for the Olympics, compete yourself and put yourself in their shoes. Remember the athletes from every nation, ones that didn’t make the podium, the people that didn’t meet the hopes of themselves and others. These athletes don’t need to apologise for their rankings, because they went further and did better than most of the people they’ll ever meet.
So, thank-you athletes.
(PS, apologies if this offended anyone. I know I used some Canadian athletes as examples mostly because I’m more familiar with them, but I think that people can relate to this regardless of that. Again, I’m sorry if this has upset you)