The Non-Olympics

The Magical World of G. Michael Vasey

When I was growing up, the Olympics were a big deal. I recall watching hours of black and white TV, and writing and discussing it all at school. Now, the Olympics are taking place apparently and frankly, I could not care less. What happened?

The biggest issue was when they allowed professional athletes to participate. The value of the Olympics was that these were amateurs. They were people so dedicated to what they did yet it was a hobby. A secondary pursuit. To me, that was amazing dedication. When they allowed professional athletes in, everything changed. The Olympics became just another event for a bunch of over paid and egocentric characters to show off and enhance their personal fortunes. We are treated to spoiled immature individuals turning their backs on flags and national anthems or engaging in some other such childish antics to prove some point or other that frankly…

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