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Thought For the Day

I was going to skip blogging today because of too many other commitments, so with the Olympics dominating the press I thought I might throw out an idea or two for people to ponder ….

Thought #1:

Why does Russia’s invasion of Georgia get almost no press in comparison?

Thought #2:

Why are we as Canadians so philosophical about having NO medals. Some of the quotes I hear are …”At least we made the finals” or “Yes, but we tried our best”.

Here are a couple of quotes with perhaps a slightly different perspective:

“Show me a good and gracious loser, and I’ll give you a failure.” … Knute Rockne

“Winning isn’t everything — but wanting to win is.” … Vince Lombardi


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6 thoughts on “Thought For the Day

  1. Thought #1:

    Why does Russia’s invasion of Georgia get almost no press in comparison?
    This time Russian Bear may have some valid reasons to be there. Killing 1,500+ innocent people in one overnight won’t be justified as western democrazy, so Canadian press wanted to have some break from painting the usual suspect cold war foe for everything.

    Thought #2:

    Why are we as Canadians so philosophical about having NO medals. Some of the quotes I hear are …”At least we made the finals” or “Yes, but we tried our best”.

    If you put some money and juice into Canadian system, you will get the results- ask your southerners 🙂

  2. Thought #1:

    Why does Russia’s invasion of Georgia get almost no press in comparison?
    This time Russian Bear may have some valid reasons to be there. Killing 1,500+ innocent people in one overnight won’t be justified as western democrazy, so Canadian press wanted to have some break from painting the usual suspect cold war foe for everything.

    Thought #2:

    Why are we as Canadians so philosophical about having NO medals. Some of the quotes I hear are …”At least we made the finals” or “Yes, but we tried our best”.

    If you put some money and juice into Canadian system, you will get the results- ask your southerners 🙂

  3. I don’t pretend to know enough about the situation in Georgia to pass intelligent comment. However my surprise is that it is not getting more media coverage. The Olympics by comparison is getting HUGE coverage.

    No arguments that funding is a problem for the Canadian sports organizations. However I am also surprised by the meek attitude of the losing athletes… if you are not surprised that you lost, then you were never going to win! There appears to be a lack of fire in the belly!

  4. I don’t pretend to know enough about the situation in Georgia to pass intelligent comment. However my surprise is that it is not getting more media coverage. The Olympics by comparison is getting HUGE coverage.

    No arguments that funding is a problem for the Canadian sports organizations. However I am also surprised by the meek attitude of the losing athletes… if you are not surprised that you lost, then you were never going to win! There appears to be a lack of fire in the belly!

  5. Some of the athletes were just being realistic. There is a *huge* gulf between being #12 in the world and #1. This gulf is much bigger than the difference between “choking” and winning.

    Having a “fire in the belly” is not enough to overcome such a gap. That’s wishful thinking.

    As Mike Spracklen (Canadian men’s rowing coach) said: “The reason why it’s so hard to be the best in the world is that everyone else is trying to do the same”. This may seem obvious, but it is so true: no matter how talented you are, no matter how hard you work, no matter how much you *want* it, there are others in the world just as talented, hard working, and motivated as you are.

    The truth of the matter is that the first week of the Olympics featured sports in which Canada had no real medal hopes. The second week was a different story, and most of the kids (if you can call Ian Millar a kid) did quite well.

  6. Some of the athletes were just being realistic. There is a *huge* gulf between being #12 in the world and #1. This gulf is much bigger than the difference between “choking” and winning.

    Having a “fire in the belly” is not enough to overcome such a gap. That’s wishful thinking.

    As Mike Spracklen (Canadian men’s rowing coach) said: “The reason why it’s so hard to be the best in the world is that everyone else is trying to do the same”. This may seem obvious, but it is so true: no matter how talented you are, no matter how hard you work, no matter how much you *want* it, there are others in the world just as talented, hard working, and motivated as you are.

    The truth of the matter is that the first week of the Olympics featured sports in which Canada had no real medal hopes. The second week was a different story, and most of the kids (if you can call Ian Millar a kid) did quite well.

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