Saturday, February 25, 2006

The Slacker Games

"My quality of life is the priority. I wanted to have fun here, to enjoy the Olympic experience, not be holed up in a closet and not ever leave your room. People said, 'Why can't you stay in for the two weeks, three weeks? You've got the rest of your life to experience the games the way everybody else does.' But I like the whole package. I always have."
Olympic medal-less Bode Miller

Between the excruciatingly self-absorbed Bode Miller, the miscalculating show-boarder (not a typo) Lindsey Jacobellis and the Hedrick-Davis speedskating skirmish, the USA doesn't look real sharp in the 2006 Winter Olympics, but we'd sweep all the gold medals in the 2006 Slacker Games. I guess being an Olympian just doesn't have the same cachet as it once did. Maybe Generation X-Games just wasn't intended for the world stage.


Cris said...

i agree that we come off as much the slackers in some ways. there seems to be a lack of respect for the institution of the olympics (complex tho that may be), but there is much of that lack in our youth today. maybe a bad thing, but maybe a good thing. but i also address the issue that in our very monetary culture, we offer no governmental support of the olympians, we see younger and younger children pushed harder and harder to complete more intensely than not. we have children who are "washed up" in their late teens. something is wrong with the whole picture.

in some ways I love the whole snowboard, X-games culture that has invaded the staid olympics. the unadulterated joy is still there. the distain for the standard, sleek uniforms, the attitudes....all speak of a generation that does not see things the same way as we might. every so often we need to take back the spirit. maybe this is what is happening here.

Anonymous said...

First of all i do not know why everyone dewls on the fact that bode miller did not win an OPLYMPIC GOLD, everyone makes it sound like thats easy or something, its the oplympics its anyones medal to win. And slacker games huh, just because we dont win a gazillion medals does not make any of those amazing athletes slackers, they have to train year around to do that, and guess what as an athlete i know that sometimes you are on and sometimes you are not and it makes it hard when your on the world stage and everyone is watching and then your a game seems to be left at home, but that in no way shape or form classifies them as slackers. So think about what you are saying before you post some dumb comment on the internet

Anonymous said...

It's real simple. there are winners and losers and Bode Miller is a loser. The United States would have been better served by allowing a less talented competitior take his place . . . win or lose. At least the US team would have got a run for their money. Bode who? What a jerk!

Anonymous said...

Oplympics? Dewl? At least 10 grammar and spelling errors in a little 150-word post? AnonymousDude ain't the brightest bulb on the tree, but he's got the slacker mentality downpat!!

Ray G

Ron Franscell said...

Anon #1: Yo, dude, I don't think it's the fact that Bode Miller didn't win an Olympic medal that has so many people thinking he's a slacker -- most Olympians never earn a medal. Bode Miller's selfish behavior, and the fact the's treating the Olympics as just another long weekend in Party Town are emblematic of his "slacker" generation. He explains his performance as if it's none of our business what he does in his free time ... but he ain't paying his own way to Torino and he represents this country. But even Tony Hawk has more class than Miller, who seems to talk bigger than he performs. As they say in Texas, he's "all hat and no cows."

Jacobellis was just a haughty screw-up. She tried to show off with a trick in the snowboard-cross and ended up fall on her butt.

Behavior like Miller and Jacobellis might seem like just creative individualism to you, but they send a message to the world about American arrogance.

(And it's time to learn that just because somebody says something with which you don't agree, it doesn't mean they didn't think about it. )

Bookworm said...

I found it hard to get enthused about this year's Olympics, in part because I found the coverage off-putting and, in part, because I found the athletes off-putting. Indeed, I found John Weir (the skater) and his diva persona so repellent that I was rooting for him to lose.