|No, Mitt Romney! No!|
Maybe it's because I went through a journalism and media studies program. Maybe it's because I'm in between work and spend idle summer days flapping around the coup. Maybe it's because of the onslaught of social media adding to the coverage. And maybe it's all three plus low blood sugar, but the commentary and coverage of the events is driving me mad. More yelling!
I have learned more synonyms for "defeat," "agony," and "loser" than I ever needed to know at a time that is supposed to celebrate athletic achievement, national pride and some good in humanity. No one is winning silver medals - they are apparently losing gold medals. Commentators and journalists are reluctant to use the phrase "won silver" because they're too busy flipping through a thesaurus(.com) to repeat that they did not win gold, that they essentially lost.
|It's okay - you have 19 medals.|
When Jordyn Wieber missed qualifying for the individual all-around event in gymnastics, the reported devastation and defeat was on par with hurricane coverage. Thankfully, she still had other events ahead of her and she and her teammates won the ladies' team event, something that hasn't been done by the U.S. gals since 1996. Great work, girls! Apparently it's not as prestigious as winning that individual all-around, but it's still an Olympic gold medal. At least they didn't just get one medal for all five of them - talk about a cat fight sharing it or divvying it up.
|The New Adventures of Forgetful Christine|
|Honey, I didn't even fall!|
I challenge the future silver medalists: Hold that silver medal high with pride. I don't have an Olympic silver medal and neither do Christine Brennan, Mitt Romney or almost everyone watching. And what happened to that childhood verse some of us learned on the playground to feel better about not winning? "First is the worse, second is the best, third is the one with the (fill in the blank)."
|"At least I didn't get third!"|