I forgot where I first saw the question, but it has certainly stuck with me:
Does it really matter what nation wins the most medals at the Olympics?
Ummm…I’ll take that one … YES!
Of course I am an American and am very proud of my nation’s athletes, including the swimmers, gymnasts, basketball players, water polo competitors, track and field stars and anyone else I am neglecting to mention.
That point aside, it DOES matter that the U.S. captured the most gold medals and the most medals overall because we are a free nation.
I am biased toward our system, and have taken hits for that but you know what:
KEEP ‘EM COMING!
I enjoyed the fact the U.S. got more medals than a state-run nation that withheld information from one of its athletes about a grandparent’s death.
That was the wrong thing to do and showed an athletic program out of whack with it priorities.
We’re a nation of mostly very good people that more often than not do the right things for the right reasons.
So congratulations U.S. … and keep those medals coming so we can keep count!