I don't get it. I really don't. It all just seems like a tremendous waste of time and money. For what? To say that our guy can slide down a mountain faster than your guy? I feel plenty of pride in my country whether we get the gold medal in tobogganing or not.
I admit I got swept up in the emotion of Salt Lake City when our hockey team took gold. That was pretty awesome. But when 2006 came and went and we ended up in 7th, I could barely suppress my shrug. It's all so pointless.
And now it's 2010 and the Olympics are in my home country and I really couldn't give less of a fuck. All it means to me is that I've got to wait two weeks for the next new episode of Community. There's just too much money involved in the whole enterprise. They try and sell it on the purity of athletic competition but it has grown way beyond that into a global business enterprise.
I have no doubt that the Georgian luger who died yesterday on a training run was pursuing his passion and felt deep national pride in competing for his country on a global stage. And his passing is a tragedy that has no doubt torn a hole through the lives of his friends, family, and compatriots. But the economic behemoth couldn't be stopped not even for that. The opening ceremonies proceeded on schedule. There were timetables to be followed and sponsors to be satisfied. Where I was once disinterested, I am now sickened.
I think it's time for the Olympics to go away. Summer and winter. Just shut it down. Let's just take a breather for a generation and focus some of that money and energy on some more important things. I wish all of our athletes a safe and prosperous two weeks but, seriously, fuck the Olympics.