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Criticism of Olympics was not appropriate

Criticism of Olympics was not appropriate

America did great
Criticism of Olympics was not appropriate
Chloe Kim competes in the halfpipe final event earlier this month.
Photographer: Guy Rhodes/USA TODAY Sports

I thought the Winter Games in PyeongChang were great: and was upset with the negative light that the press cast on the Olympics.

The contention was that they were “disappointing” because the United States didn’t win enough medals. Specific scorn was reserved for our figure skaters. They made excuses, cried for mommy, and were just losers, people said. This despite the fact that one female skater landed a pioneering triple axle jump, a brother and sister took bronze in ice dancing, and the United States won bronze in the team competition.

America did great. From our amazing snowboarders to the women’s cross-country team winning the first American medal ever in that event, and it was gold. There was our men’s curling and women’s hockey teams. We were fourth in the final medal count and matched the number of gold medals won in the last Winter Games. Sounds great to me.

I know that in the “age of Trump” it’s “America First.” I, however, cheer for everyone. I took pride in the many Americans competing for other nations, like the men who skated with female partners from Japan and South Korea, and the Korean-Americans who joined the Korean hockey team. Also, look at all the American coaches on other nations’ teams and the fact that many practice in the States.

And consider that along with the classical music and K-Pop, numerous events featured Anglo-Saxon music from the Beatles to Beyoncé. I heard everything from “Piano Man” to “Spiderman.”

What makes America truly great is our vibrant and open culture which appeals to so many from around the world. The PyeongChang Winter Olympics were a great success for the world and America, and all our friends, including the host nation, did great. That should be the headline.

Benjamin Turon
Ballston Spa

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