The older I get, the less I really understand why the Olympics is such a big deal.
Why do we care who wins in the various sports? Why do we feel proud, or are told we should feel proud if someone from our country wins? It doesn't actually affect us at all. We didn't win the gold - they did (the sportspeople in question). They are the ones who've just had a career lift, might earn money through more sponsorship, become future commentators, get an autobiography deal...
So why do we get so excited when an Australian wins a medal? How is it really any different from someone from another country winning a medal?
Why does the medal tally matter?
NB I kind of think like this about all sport. Football included. I don't get the whole football team fanaticism.
Genuine question - why do we care so much? Is it just because its fun and a temporary escape from our own reality? Why do we spend so much money on it as a country? Is there an economic payback for us?