These words encapsulate the world’s view of the Olympics, a bi-annual sporting competition that showcases the best athletes from almost every nation across the world. These games play host to some of the most inspirational and awe-aspiring stories, as well as serve a greater purpose in creating and furthering relationships between nations.
The significance of the games can be clearly defined as such by every nation, besides one: The United States of America.
In the US, the Olympic Games are about total domination; they are another way to show off and shame every other nation for their absence of athletic prowess and talent. However, our need for dominance is not as shallow as it may seem.
The United States, which is without question the most powerful and most free nation in history, must continue to excel in the games in order to maintain the image that we are the best and a force like no other. America and her people seek to be top dog, and the Olympics are just another way to display supremacy.
To the American Olympians, the games mean something a bit different — getting paid. Who knew that a lifetime of training and commitment to a sport could earn you cash?
Our Olympians can get up to twenty-five thousand dollars from the US Olympic Committee for getting a medal, plus Subway endorsements. I mean, glory and national praise are great and all, but those things fade with time. However, money and things last forever.
At this point, I would put something like, “LOL JK ;),” but I am not laughing, and I am not joking. This is a serious piece about why the US appreciates and follows the Olympics like it does. You just can’t beat making fun of other nations, especially Russia.