Another Olympic games have come and gone and Canadians have never been more proud of their athletes. With a total of 10 gold medals, Canada placed third in the gold standings, behind Russia and Norway.
It wasn’t since the Toronto Blue Jays won the ’92 World Series that I’ve felt as excited for a team to win as I did when the Canadian Women’s Hockey team came back and took the gold from the Americans. I jumped up so fast I became light-headed and thought the excitement would make me pass out.
The women’s bob-sleigh win helped put PEI on the map, with Summerside’s Heather Moyse bringing home the gold.
And then of course, the men’s hockey finals. When Canada beat the US in the semi-finals, I had a good feeling we’d get another gold…and sure enough, the boys made us proud the way the girls did. And Sid’s beautiful goal made up for his not-so-awesome showing during the rest of the games.
But not everyone was pumped about the number one sporting event in the world.
There was a lot of hesitation to support this year’s Olympics because of Russia’s politics, specifically their laws that prohibit gay rights.
I get it. We don’t want to support countries that limit rights to some of their citizens (perhaps we should stop trade with China altogether? Or the US, for that matter?). But I’m not sure boycotting an event where many gay athletes were competing at is the right way to make a point or take a stand.
I’m pretty sure Putin doesn’t care who watched the games and who didn’t. But you know who you ARE offending by not supporting the games? The athletes. The men and women who train tirelessly to be the best they can be at their craft.
Sports are just as important to a society as music or the arts. They bring countries together and bring us pride and put our country in the foreground in a good, positive light. And I couldn’t be prouder.
Just a thought.
What do you think?