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Random thoughts and rubbish about the Olympics

13 August 2012, 13:00

Firstly, congratulations to all the athletes for their excellent performances, effort, dedication and sacrifices. I’m sure that it must take an incredible amount of effort to do your 15,000 hours of practice and deliver a performance that lasts for two minutes, yet defines your life and legacy. Well done.


I can’t help but think of a few Olympic sized thoughts - the silly side. Let the games begin:


  • Why is the Olympic Games only held every four years? Surely country and city economies deserve to be brought to their knees more often? Also, if they are games, why does everyone take it so seriously?
  • If you win a medal in the olympics, are you the best athlete in the world at your sport? Somehow, I’m just not so clear on that. And if, like in soccer, there are age limits for participation - whats the point?
  • If you choose a name for your local sport federation, you should think about how the name will be misconstrued in the unlikely event that there is a screw up. SA’SCOCkups somehow reminds me of the cANCer moniker - unfortunate and ill-conceived media-driven agendas to discredit the policies, policies and policies of our sporting and political liberators who scheme hard to take us backward into the future.
  • Equestrian - should that not be called equestria? I live in South Africa, not in South African!!! In any way, its such an elitist sport, maybe that’s why they decided to give it a nationality. “Hey...look at me, I’m an equestrian!” (Mrs Mitt Romney mostly)
  • What value does this ribbon gymnastics nonsense add to life? If the Olympics were held in South Africa, the next logical use of the ribbons would be for distribution in our currently less disadvantaged communities - so that the children here can tie beautiful ribbons in their hair and bring some much needed color and brightness into to their lives.
  • Same too about synchronized diving and any other sport that requires winning by judges subjective decision. I say...cancel the sport, and make Michael Phelps dive like 50 meters down from a dizzy height before he swims his 800 meters to claim his gazillionth gold medal. At least I’ll watch that.
  • On the subject of subjective judging to select a winner - surely that system is flawed? To my mind, the earlier you perform, the fresher the mind of the judge, and the less lenient the scoring. Surely as the days, and as the Olympics progress, tiredness, fatigue, boredom and lenient, moderate scoring prevail, giving the earlier competitors an unfair disadvantage?
  • With all the violent crime in South Africa, it is amazing that we don’t win all the medals in clay pigeon shooting hands down!!! (I was going to say something criminal about all the gold, but maybe that would be an Olympic sized stretch)


Aaah, well! Caster has just won her silver medal, and I think that’s awesome. It gives our talented kids some inspiration and, hopefully, the encouragement to go out and do it for themselves.

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