Sunday, July 13, 2008

The Olympics are coming!

The Herald has an article about Korean athletes getting ready for the Olympics. I'm excited and hope they do well. I always chuckle, though, at the sports Koreans do well in. Typically, if you could hurt someone, Koreans are good at that sport.

From the Herald:
Medals are expected to be won in wrestling, archery, taekwondo, judo, swimming, badminton, weightlifting, shooting and gymnastics. Korean athletes have led in these sports since the early 1980s.
[my bolding]

Alright, swimming, weightlifting, badminton and gymnastics may not have the same relevance to violence (although the latter sport is preparation for Gymkata!)

I think Pak Tae-hwan could do very well at the Olympics, but saying that Koreans have led in this sport since the '80s is crazy. He races on August 10.


Masuro said...

I have mentioned before that I dislike the Olympics because they are commercial and turn people into flag-waving maniacs. not all people, of course, but enough to make me wish they were cancelled. I was reading about the Peloponnesian War (which lasted many years) and during that time the Olympics were used for political purposes. Some city-states were banned from participating and others used them to glorify their nation using unfair practice. Nothing changes.
That said, I do like the traditional Olympic sports such as wrestling, discus throwing, running, and javeling throwing.

ZenKimchi said...

Well, the violence factor doesn't exactly work for that list of sports you put up there. But I did notice that they are hardly team sports.

kwandongbrian said...

Yeah, 'only' five of nine sports are related to violence.
I guess Canadians mainly do well in hockey, and who ever heard of anyone being injured in hockey!