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Olympic Spirit Lost on Sunkavally

Olympic Spirit Lost On Sunkavally

Speaking as another young college student who is apparently scared to death of any kind of change, I agree wholeheartedly with Naveen Sunkavally's tirade on the Olympics ["Olympic Flame Burns on Money," Feb. 24]. He starts off well enough, repeating the popular opinion that professionalism brings down the spirit of competition, and commercialism is the real winner at the games. However, what impresses me is his grip. He apparently is firmly lodged in the Dark Ages, when he complains about the addition of "rogue snowboarders" (stand fast, while I steal ye board wax!), and speed walkers. He writes, "If the Olympics expands the number of sports to encompass such sports as snowboarding, then inevitably every person on the planet will be brilliant at one sport."

While I do not totally agree with this statement, I do believe it will give more people on the planet a sport that they enjoy watching. But then again, the Olympics are not about joy, are they? No, they are not about cheering for victors, and feeling sympathy for runners-up who tried hard. No, they are only for us "to obtain pleasure from the tragedies and triumphs of amateurs." Whenever some non-U.S. competitor hits the ice hard after a difficult skating maneuver, I laugh out loud and wave my flag.

I would also like to apologize to Sunkavally for the addition of women's ice hockey to the agenda. What a blow that must have been! We don't need any of this change, not in the Olympic games! Let's keep it as an event for us - and nobody else. I personally think we should stop televising the Olympics so only a select few may come back from the far arena and tell the masses what spectacles await them if they can only cast off their "common" opinions and base pleasures. We should also have a written exam at the end of the Games, to squash any enjoyment we may have gained by watching. Here's a new Olympic event: Climbing down off your high horse. I have to go now. I have to heckle some powerwalkers before my 10 minute practice session on the snowboarding slopes.

Andrew Gouldstone G