The Olympics Should be a Time to Shine

I admit the Olympics are not something I look forward to; sometimes I actually think they have grown too long. Face it; many of the events are not something the average person has a keen interest in or even understands – when was the last time you enjoyed an afternoon of synchronized swimming or understood a curling match? But I always find myself getting caught up in the medal fever and National Pride as another American climbs the podium steps. But I guess that has become a victim to political correctness as well.

The Olympics are supposed to be a time for nation pride; this is why athletes are identified by their home country, wear uniforms highlighting that country’s national colors and each nation’s national anthem is played during the medal ceremonies. It is the event left untouched by the modern push for global identity – until this year. This year political correctness crept into the Olympics, despite so many reasons to avoid it.

Rio OlympicsAs a nation we had every reason to be proud of our Olympic team – many of whom accomplished feats far beyond what was expected. Michael Phelps won his 23rd medal, securing his place as the most decorated Olympic athlete of all time, as well as his fourth consecutive individual medal in the same event. Gymnast Simone Biles not only won 4 Gold Medals, but became the fourth consecutive American to win the all-around woman’s title. The men’s fencing team’s bronze medal marked the first time a US team has medaled since 1932! Let’s not forget the women’s rowing team’s domination or the field hockey team’s unbelievable performance that despite not resulting in a medal showed an impressive move from last in the field to the quarterfinals. Each and every one of these performances are worthy of national attention, but instead the limelight has shifted to another athlete who used her time to tear down the USA rather than praise it.

Instead of focusing on the greatness of American Olympians, the media choose to instead spread a message of hate and fear which does nothing except to further the anti-American sentiment. The spotlight has been aimed at USA Fencing team member Ibtihaj Muhammad. But the story was not that she earned a bronze medal. No, the story was about how she claimed to “be afraid” to walk the streets of NYC because, as she says, “Muslims are under the microscope.” Almost any newspaper or blog has spread the story and Time Magazine has already placed her on their cover – calling her “The New Face for Team USA.”

Yes, forget about the record setters, those who have overcome poverty, poor neighborhoods or true life-altering hardship. Instead, focus on someone who clearly does not appreciate the nation which provided her the ability to train and then represent it at the most prestigious athletic event in the world. Let’s not mention how unlikely it is that she would enjoy that same freedom and support in an Islamic nation, where she would likely fight for basic rights rather than a medal. The media call her brave; there was a time when she would have been called ungrateful.

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Tom Burrell

Tom Burrell

Tom enlisted in the US Marine Corps Reserves in 1987. Following service in Desert Storm, he transitioned to active duty with the US Coast Guard. In 1997 he left the USCG to pursue a position in conservation & maritime law enforcement. Tom is currently a Captain and he oversees several programs, including his agency investigation unit. He is also a training instructor in several areas including firearms, defensive tactics and first aid/CPR. In 2006 Tom received his Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Harrisburg Area Community College and in 2010 a Bachelor’s Degree from Penn State University.
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