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February 17, 2010

2010 Winter Olympic Games – the Americanization of Canada?

Filed under: Uncategorized — kateycecc @ 2:22 am

After reading his take on the tragic death of the Georgian luger, I was intrigued to see what else Jay Mariotti had to say about these controversial Olympic Games.

Well, it’s pretty clear that Jay Mariotti hates Canada.

He straight-up blames them for the death of luger Nodar Kumaritashvili because of their delusions of grandeur and newfound (and quite perplexing) obsession with dominating the Games. He reprimands them for allowing the creation of the world’s most deathly luge track despite numerous complaints and injuries prior to the athlete’s death. And he ultimately admits that in this process, they became us.

“Canada deserves its share of blame for the fatality. In the zeal to win, win, win, officials protected their home-venue advantage before the Games by showing a crass reluctance to let opposing athletes use their facilities. Thus, Kumaritashvili didn’t have the opportunities to grow accustomed to the track in the weeks and months leading up to the Olympics. This violated a code of sportsmanship that other host nations routinely abide by. Before the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City, Canadian lugers were allowed 60 to 100 extra practice runs at the facility. Before Vancouver, Canadian organizers offered only 18 extra runs to U.S. luge officials, who rejected the offer and criticized Canada for  ‘a lack of sportsmanship,'” says Mariotti.

Wow. I think it’s pretty awful that sweet, unassuming Canada of all countries would stoop to such a level.

To me, one of the truest statements Mariotti makes about our maple leaf friends is that, “From the day they were born, they’ve been taught that Americans are haughty, self-centered and money-hungry. Now, they’re being told to adopt the same attitudes?”

You can read the article for yourself here.

Thoughts?

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