I hope I'm wrong, but I have a bad feeling about these Olympics. (not basketball related)
Eh, I'm sure there'll be some problems, but the media is fantastic at sensationalizing how "awful" everything is (not just talking Olympics either).
Rower Megan Kalmoe (St. Croix Falls grad) had a pretty good essay on people needing to "stop trying to ruin the Olympics for us." Basically, she said, look, we know things aren't optimal, but we've known it was gonna be this way for a long time. As athletes, you prepare for every scenario. A little dirty water, unfinished dorms and toxic mosquitoes aren't going to deter anybody.
I just get the feeling, that much like Sochi (and Athens 12 years ago, people forget what a cluster that was...of course, social media wasn't around to sensationalize everything, and oh, remember how awful Beijing was gonna be?), once the games begin, a lot of the disaster talk will quietly fade into the woodwork.
But maybe that's just me avoiding falling into the trap of media negativity.
I was thinking more about the crime/violence angle.
But it stinks that the athletes cannot all stay in the village due to sewage running down the walls.
People may think differently afterwards when some of the delayed affects (zika, swimming/rowing in sewage) take hold.
Always a threat with any major sporting event...Brazil has mobilized some 85,000 troops as part of their security.
My guess is a lot of the problems associated with the Village will fade away once the games start...it won't be Club Med, but it'll do for a couple weeks.
I think a lot of those issues have been overstated by a media just looking for an angle...but as you said, you won't know until down the line. In the meantime, the athletes will just take precaution as best they can.
IDK, in these crazy times,
I just refuse to be cynical about the Olympics
...it's just not worth it. Enjoy the stories that come from it. They'll mostly be positive.
P.S. I've moved our little side convo to the WCB thread. BW intended the other thread to be basketball-discussion only.
That is my attitude as well. I'm going to enjoy the Olympics as best I can with a positive outlook. There's enough negativity and cynicism out there already.
Fear of the unknown is the greatest fear of all.
- Yvon Chouinard @miedent