I love supporting Australia at sports. We are such a miniscule country on the world political stage but we punch so far above our weight when it comes to sport I can't help but feel so very proud. I'm not fanatical about it though by any means. I can't imagine how proud the family of the olympic athletes must be (all countries). Can you imagine how proud you would be if your son or daughter were representing your country at the Olympics?
I don't get fanatical support of regional sporting teams though. To me it's a bit like religion, chances are you suport that team/follow that religion because of geography. If you were born or live elsewhere you'd support a different team/follow a different religion. On thinking about that I guess you could apply that argument to supporting Australian athletes though, so I'm confused now and will ponder this for the rest of the day.
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29-07-2012 12:55 #11
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29-07-2012 13:26 #12
Im not into the olympics at all. I probably wont watch any of it and dont really cares who wins or loses.
I could think of a hundred better ways to spend the money that the government pours into the olympics.
29-07-2012 13:33 #13
Honestly? I don't care. I'm not interested in the majority of the sports (although I like to watch the gymnastics occasionally) so I just really don't care that much.
I'm sure an athlete would be offended by that, but then I'd say to them "So do you care who wins the Major League Gaming cup for Starcraft2 this season?" and chances are they'd give me a blank look and say "Why would I care about that?".
29-07-2012 13:34 #14
I think it is because there is a big cultural thing about supporting 'our team'. When an Australian athlete wins then 'we' have won.
Personally I don't really care either way with the olympics, i'd probably not even watch it but DF loves watching sport so not much choice.
29-07-2012 13:36 #15
29-07-2012 13:39 #16
I understand why people watch the Olympics, and I understand admiring the commitment and sacrifices people have made.
I love watching the sports that you don't normally see on tv like gymnastics, and equestrian. I do marvel at their skill and how on earth they manage to do that! But I honestly don't mind who wins. That's the bit I don't quite understand when I stop and think about it - getting really excited that an Australian won rather than someone else.
29-07-2012 13:40 #17
29-07-2012 13:44 #18Senior Member
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I think that the Olympics is a wonderful event and that it should be celebrated for many reasons including:
- it brings the world together, all nations can send athletes, and spectators watch in unison around the globe,generally in peace for a short period of time.
- competition is healthy and encourages us all to be the best that we can be.
- anything that encourages the youth to get active and involved in healthy team or individual events is a good thing.
- generates pride in your country. There is nothing wrong with being patriotic, nationalism on the other hand is completely different and comes from a belief that your country is better than any other country and that the world should bow to it and that it cannot learn from anyone else. I think that the USA is often a prime example of nationalism as opposed to patriotism.
I beam with pride when the Australian national anthem plays when an athlete wins gold and I am also proud when they come second, third or last. imagine being amongst the best in the world at something, something that you have trained most of your life to achieve. The feeling must be amazing and I see no reason not to congratulate and for a short time hold up these individuals.
My son is 4 and so this is his first Olympics and he is loving it so far and wants to see the different sports and keeps asking questions about what the people are doing and what the opening ceremony was about. His questions gave me a perfect opportunity to give him a little insight into the world, and once again anything that gets him interested in sports is a good thing.
I could go on and on about this topic. Yes a lot of money is spent on the event and sports in general and there is an argument that the money may be better spent on other things but you will never convince me that the Olympics should not exist.
29-07-2012 13:46 #19
Probably because with some, I have followed them from their first State Titles right through to now, seeing them up there is indescribable. From a tiny little 11yo nervously waiting on the blocks at State level, watching their improvement year after year, watching them struggle through difficult teen years when their body changes, seeing them on the blocks as young adults at Olympic level, I guess it can be harder to feel that way about someone you see on tv for the first time when they compete against the ones you have watched grow and become better.
29-07-2012 13:52 #20
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