As many of you can imagine, I am in heaven with the summer games now. The draft for the fourth novel is complete and it is resting before I begin the first round of edits. It needs to rest and so do I. So with my satellite connection I have approximately eight different channels of continuous sports programming available in two different languages. This doesn’t include the major networks whose coverage includes interviews, statistics, analysis and a recap of all the events that simply cannot be covered.
Behind the highly competitive spirit of the games, there are real people. People with an obsession to win a Gold medal for their country. The thing to keep in mind is, that they are people. Living, breathing humans with their own hopes and dreams. And these hopeful Olympians can’t always be on. They need some down time. They know the journey they are on is fleeting and every once in a while, they try to cherish a moment.
Which brings me to the 2012 USA Olympic Swimming Team. They did just that. They had the audacity to have a little fun and *gasp* posted it on YouTube for the world to see. I stumbled upon the video early yesterday morning ( about 3 am CST) and I sipped my coffee and actually smiled because even though the Olympics is a serious affair for many countries and corporations, it would be nothing without the competitors and it was nice to see them act their age. So I copied the link on a document intending to use it today somewhere on my blog. The video was cute, what can I say.
What I hadn’t foreseen was the way our global community works. By nightfall, that same video had nearly two million hits, the networks were talking about it, people were tweeting about, others were posting it on their social networking sites … it was everywhere. Why? Because it’s cute, I tell you. Then I woke up today and found that the video had been blocked from YouTube.
For the record, the video has been uploaded once more and I do have a tendency of waking at ungodly hours, but I was disgusted with the fact that it had been blocked by those who felt the athletes did not gather the appropriate ‘permission’ to upload the video in the first place. Namely the Olympic Committee. We may fool ourselves all we want, the Olympics was, at one time, an event aimed at unifying the world through two weeks of competitions and bragging rights. That has not been the case for several decades. It is now more about economic stimulus and the bottom line. If there is a buck to be made than, the appropriate people want their piece of the pie.
*shaking head*-- I tried reading the rules governing the Olympic games in London. It gave me a headache. About the only thing I could understand is that unless you are an official sponsor, you’re out of luck in showing pride or expressing enthusiasm for the games. As many small business in and around the Olympic village have learned, “Go Team GB” or “2012 Olympics” or “London Games” or even the symbolic 5 rings will garner a hefty fine.
What happen to fun?
For those of you interested in the legalese concerning the Olympic games, click HERE.
For an interesting perspective on the games in London from a Brit, click HERE.