Olympicks

Wednesday 25th July 2012

JEAN Jacoby of Luxembourg designed a set of postage stamps for the 1952 Helsinki games; this after he was awarded a second gold medal twenty-four years earlier, for a drawing entitled Rugby.

The USA has won more golds for rugby than any other nation: two.

Scottish rugby player Eric Liddell was favourite to win the 100 metres in the 1924 Paris games, but, being a devout Christian, withdrew from that event on hearing that the final would be held on a Sunday. He won gold in the 400 metres instead.

Also in Paris, in 1900, all seven medals available in croquet were won by French, er… athletes. Belgium was the only other nation to enter the event, with their sole competitor failing in the first round.

Personally, I think a case could be made for bringing back pelota, lacrosse, polo, roque and tug-o-war, but I’d be disappointed if golf, baseball or cricket were featured. And let’s hope the podium never has to witness the appalling behaviour associated with champagne and racing car drivers.

Incidentally, I’m still trying to find photographic evidence of the 1970s Formula 1 fiasco when cars sponsored by Durex had frequent punctures. The same company is providing 150,000 free condoms for this year’s athletes, but doing so very quietly.

“We’re restricted by the organizing committee guidelines on what we can and can’t say,” a company spokesperson has told the press.

Beach volleyball promises more than it delivers: the rallies are too short.

I’ll probably watch the odd event, but keep well away from synchronised swimming, handball and taekwondo. The latter isn’t helped by having an international governing body called WTF. Nor do I think football, which has the World Cup, or tennis (grand slams) should be there.

‘Faster, higher, stronger’ is a rhetorical device: three words expressing one idea. Abraham Lincoln used a similar example at Gettysburg:

“…that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

We lost sight of that one ages ago.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2 Responses to Olympicks

  1. Ann ODyne says:

    and those Oaths the coach, athlete and Referee took, which mentioned DOPE twice, well I think all athletes should be free to ingest anything. that’s level. apparently the shooters use propanafol (sp?) to keep a steady hand – “oh Sir, I need it for my Parkinson’s disease”.

  2. Ann ODyne says:

    well-put.
    since the ancient games events were based on abilities required in their everyday life – HURLING missiles through air, and running fast or long with ‘news’ etc. it makes me think we need modern games events relative to physical proficiency in OUR daily lives – events for BIN MEN finishing their round the neatest and swiftest, and postmen delivering mail inserted completely into mail slots for the longest routes, the collecting and manouevring of stacks of supermarket trolleys, roof tiling, trench digging, We all see people doing physical work around us daily, some slack at it, and some highly efficient who deserve a chance for more than the monetary reward.
    The big advantage is that their work is also their training. When swimmers mount the dais for their prize, I always think of the parents who did the daily dawn drive to pools before schools, for years previously, and also think of chlorine poisoning … despite being horrified by the cruelty of that awful cliff-like wall in the Eventing,
    I do very badly want to see Our Highness In Our Hearts ZARA win on her horse, both safely.

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