Odd Thoughts: Olympic politics as high as ever

Langley columnist Bob Groeneveld looks at some of the dopes involved in the international games.

You have to wonder what they really mean by the “higher” in the Olympic motto, “Faster, higher, stronger.”

It’s not so much a question of “What are they thinking?” as much as, “What are they smoking?”

That’s not to say that the athletes are smoking anything… except maybe the snowboarders.

But the machinery behind the extravaganza is so out of whack with reality that their lungs have to be fuelled with something that has more kick than ordinary air.

And they spend billions (note the ‘b’) to put on these overblown exhibitions of national breast-beating.

Don’t come at me with the guff about individual performance, or that it’s not about nationalism, and politics doesn’t have a place at the Olympics.

They don’t play the Individual Anthem for the athlete at the top of the podium. When a Canadian wins a gold medal, it’s pronounced a victory for Canada. When a Norwegian takes gold it’s a reflection of Norway’s amazing Olympic might in winter sports.

And this time out, the nationalistic politics has gotten downright petty. American Vice-president Mike Pence skips dinner with the host country’s president because he might have to sit near someone he doesn’t like. And then he refuses to stand for the host’s national anthem.

If our kids behaved like that in kindergarten, we’d make them sit in a corner.

South Korean President Moon Jae-In’s attempts to force some adult diplomacy – albeit feeble and misguided – between the rock and the hard place that threaten nuclear destruction on the world, and Pence sees it as an opportunity for further provocation.

What a jerk! What a Trumpster!

And what is this about Russians not being allowed to play at the same snow-fort with all the other kids from the nice-country neighbourhoods?

We know Canadian athletes come from Canada, Japanese athletes come from Japan, German athletes come from Germany… but there are no Russian athletes at the games – only “Olympic Athletes from Russia.” Gee, I do wish I could figure out their nationality. But I guess I’ll never know! Darn.

And this is because Russia dopes its athletes… the way no other country in the world ever did.

I believe that! Yes, I do!

But hey, I gotta run. A guy at the door wants to sell me shares in a fully operational Olympic Weed Farm. Sounds like a really good deal. Dude.

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