02-28-2002, 10:37 AM
It's annoying to me that now the chatterers are insisting "Something Must Be Done!" when Olympic friction goes on every time they have the games. The French cheated, the Russians are a bunch of sore losers (and apparently cheated, too). Controversy happens every time they hold the Games.
I'm not sure awarding a duplicate gold to the Canadian skaters was the right decision, but you have to feel sorry for kids who work their butts off for years, turn in a flawless performance, and are screwed out of their medal by cheaters.
03-21-2002, 10:50 AM
King is exactly right in his column on the Olympics. #Now I'll tell you where all of the snivelling, sore-loser, and "where's MY medal" attitudes come from. #In this country, and I suspect others, all kids win all the time when it comes to sports and school competitions. #Everybody's a winner every time. #When I attend my kids' events, sporting or academic, everybody gets trophies, medals, and/or certificates. #This does not teach kids how to win or lose gracefully, and does not teach them that no matter how hard they try, they don't always come out on top. #Instead it teaches them that even if they don't try and aren't the best, they still win, and are entitled to a reward. #Real life does not work that way, and we now what happens when reality slaps these young people in the face when they don't always get a medal. #Our 11 year old son gets a three foot tall trophy (no exagerration)for his football team coming in second place - for a team sport. #And even if his team in football, baseball or basketball finishes near the bottom of the standings every kid on the team gets a huge trophy. #This is where the seeds of today's poor sportsmanship are sewn - on the feel-good, everybody's-a-winner atheletic fields and classrooms of today's kids.