The 2010 Winter Olympics are becoming the 2010 Whiner Olympics. We can all sympathize when a bittersweet victory close to the loss of a loved one elicits tears from any athlete. When an Olympian whose routine is a little off, or who gets a lesser medal than expected or no medal at all starts blubbering, however, that’s a different matter entirely.
When you’ve worked for years at your sport and then fail to perform to your highest standards it can be devastating. But ladies, and to be frank, that’s precisely who I’m addressing here, if you are a professional athlete – one of sufficient caliber to compete in the Olympics – you’ve got to be made of tougher stuff. You’re only reinforcing stereotypes by crying like grade-school girls.
It’s time to wo-man up.
UPDATE: Now this is the kind of Olympic behavior I like to see! The gold-garnering Canadian women’s hockey team drinking (some players just one year underage) and – well smoking cigars is nasty – but the point is they are celebrating in a manner they deserve. (Though it wish it were the U.S. team celebrating.) More power to ‘em! The IOC? Screw ‘em!