Controversy and Goodness at the Rio Olympics

Controversy and Goodness at the Rio Olympics

Controversy and Goodness at the Rio Olympics
• Doping
• Bullying
• Unpatriotic
• Lack of security
• Sportsmanship
• Goodness
These are all words that can be used to describe the various subtopics of the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics.

The doping bans of many Russian Federation competitors has had an impact on the outcomes of many sports and has been one of the top stories throughout.

Bullying of athletes by other athletes and social media has also come into play at these games.

The comments about US gymnast Gabby Douglas, not putting her hand over her heart during the National Anthem, went on for days, while it seemed okay for US swimmer Michael Phelps to laugh during his gold medal ceremony. I actually was trying to find videos of all the US athletes at their medal ceremonies to see how they each reacted. I haven’t been able to find this yet, but I’m curious.

Lack of security has been a topic since way before competition began.

Sportsmanship, both good and bad, has been viewed, daily, by millions of people watching around the globe.

The story that I really like, is the one about the two women 5,000 meter runners who collided while racing. US runner, Abbey D’Agostino and New Zealand’s Nikki Hamblin both went down mid-way into their race. One popped right back up, while the other stayed fallen on the track. The woman who had popped up, immediately turned to help her fallen fellow athlete. She encouraged her to rise and continue the race. Rise she did. On they went, only to realize that the one who popped up right away was injured as she went down again. Long story short, by supporting and encouraging each other, both women finished the race. Were either of them bitter and resentful of the tumble? It didn’t seem so. Could either of them have done it without the other? I doubt it.

Below is a shot video clip about the incident. It doesn’t show the actual event, I couldn’t find that video on the internet.

THIS is the type of story that should be coming out from Rio! Not only is this good sportsmanship, but this is the epitome of goodness. Apparently these ladies didn’t know each other, and yet they helped each other fulfill a shared dream.

Isn’t this how we humans, running the human race, should be acting towards one another? Not showing bitterness, anger, or violence towards each other, but seeing a fellow racer (human racer that is) stumble and fall, stopping in the pursuit of our dream and assisting them (a total stranger) in the pursuit of their dream.

Together, while encouraging and assisting others along the way, we can, indeed, finish our race strong. Believe it!

*Pam Horton is a Board Certified Advanced Christian Life Coach, in the Raleigh area.*


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