Originally Posted by BigE
The olympic creed is not about just showing up, it's about the effort.
Just to take part is meaningless if it does not come with effort (struggle).
The Bode bashers are suggesting that he is not fighting well. Thankfully, he is not conquering either. And that is as it should be.
The Olympic creed is about enjoying the competitive
experience while dedicating oneself
to the pursuit of ones potential. That's a very healthy approach to sports, for kids and elite athletes alike.
That is NOT how Bode has approached this season, and for sure not these games. Reports are that he was again out late partying before the GS and arrived late for course inspection. If true, it's just another sad display of behavior that blatantly disrespects the true meaning of the Olympic spirit.
Sounds like the events are just something he feels he must endure to collect his endorsement checks and maintain his current status at the parties. As admirable his efforts are in trying to get kids to de-emphasize the importance of winning in sports, he's very confused about what IS important in sports. Sure, de-emphasize winning,,, but don't de-emphasize trying, caring, dedication, and personal sacrifice. Reward in sport comes from striving to all of ones capabilities toward attaining personal goals, and enjoying the fruits of those labors.
Bode's done that in the past, it's how he's realized the success he has. But that was the past. He now appears to have chosen to just ride his past efforts to fun times till the car runs out of gas.
That's fine, but in the mean time, don't forget to focus on the serious athletes who came to Torino to fight the good fight. There are great stories going on in these games with people who've put heart and soul into their pursuit of excellence.