Carrying the Olympic Torch

So let’s get this straight: when it comes to selecting someone to carry the Olympic torch, a way of putting our best foot forward for the whole world to see, the U.S. Olympic Committee decides that our best foot is a swimmer who was photographed smoking marijuana at a party; a guy who has been arrested twice for drunk driving, pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to probation both times; a guy who was suspended for six months by the organization that administers the U.S. “amateur” swimming program; a guy who has now gone without a drink for a whole 18 months; and a guy who has fathered a child out of wedlock?

The U.S. Olympic Committee's idea of a role model.

The U.S. Olympic Committee’s idea of a role model.

Why not Diana Taurasi, who is only one of the greatest basketball players ever – male or female – and is appearing in her fourth Olympics?

Or Aly Raisman, who won medals at the 2012 Olympics?

Or Katie Ledecky, also a 2012 winner?

What, O.J. Simpson wasn’t available?

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  • Scott  On August 15, 2016 at 8:16 am

    As society accepts the slow spiral of moral decay, it is necessary to change the definition of certain words and phrases…….’role model’, is a good example of this.
    So many better choices, so many worthy candidates. The USOC should be ashamed. But then again, the lack of shame is the foundation of moral decay.

    A key word, that has become synonymous with the Olympic Games, that is exempt from this theory…… drum roll please…… Corruption!

    Maybe a future topic that TFEC can sink his teeth into?

    • foureyedcurmudgeon  On August 15, 2016 at 8:30 am

      I like to think I write about various types of corruption reasonably often. I can probably do better – after all, what better subject for curmudgeonliness!

      • Peaches Shimmerdeep  On August 15, 2016 at 9:42 pm

        OJ Simpson is quite the stretch. You lose your point with that overshot. Also, Americans are suckers for a redemption story. A young swim champion goes off the rails but then learns his lesson, gets it together and comes back to start a family. And the “out of wedlock” reference? What is this-1816? Not your best effort.

  • Peaches Shimmerdeep  On August 16, 2016 at 7:15 am

    I see your point, but don’t you think the OJ Sumpson reference is a little over the top? You lose your point with hyperbole. Michael Phelps is arguably the greatest swimmer of all time. He is also a classic “redemption” story, which Americans love. He won, went off the rails for a bit, and then owned his mistakes and rallied –he seems to have found his way back, creating a family, providing mentorship to junior swimmers, forming a charity. I hardly think a teenager smoking pot compares to a man who stabbed his wife and her friend to death, and then had no remorse. And ” out of wedlock”? Gimme a break. Let he who is celibate cast the first stone. Not your best effort, Mudgie.

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