The Olympics are just annoying me
In this age of anxiety and war, the Games no longer feel like a fun diversion and inspirational example. More like an incredibly indulgent, manufactured media event. Spending years to become the best half-pipe skier or the world's fastest luge slider by 0.05 seconds seems like the biggest waste of time. I know this is pure personal opinion, and probably the first sign that I am becoming a cranky old woman, but it's how I feel.
I sensed a bit of desperation to be relevant last night in Bob Costas' and Jimmy Robert's passive-agressive "tribute" to Michelle Kwan. After praising her 9 U. S. champion titles and 5 World titles they just had to plant the invevitable seed that in the future she would be known as "One of the greatest skater of all time, but...." somehow a failure that the gold medal eluded her.
Of course this is what the Olympic commentators have to say. I have an alternate way to look at this: Michelle Kwan is the greatest skater of all time and her career just shows how irrelevant the Olympics have become. Tara Lipinsky and Sarah Hughes were talented skaters who had great couple of weeks. Their Olympic golds were flashes in the pan and we never heard from them again. Michelle Kwan endured for over a dozen years and evolved as an athlete and an artist. I hope that she holds her head high with grace and pride to discover her next act. Talk about a tranformational Mojo turning point: any 25-year old who has reached the pinnacle of her field but now must move on will face incredible challenges and opportunites in using her gifts and talents in a meaningful way. Missing out on her final chance to win gold is a disappointment, but the rest of her life stretches out ahead of her, and that's what she needs to focus on now.