I have to admit that I get incredibly excited for the Olympics. I have been a lover of the games since I was a small child because there is something about the idea of the world’s best athletes coming together to compete that gives me some faith in humanity. As I have gotten older (some would say wiser) I have realized that more often than not the politics, boycotts and social tensions often overshadow the competition itself.
Leading up to these 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, there has been a lot of chatter. Aside from the questionable venues, the construction scandals and the heartbreaking situation with the stray dogs, the deplorable human rights violation that is the treatment of the LGBT community in Russia is without a doubt not acceptable. For this reason, I think that we each have some choices to make.
As a spectator you can:
- choose to boycott the games and not attend or watch the events
- choose to attend and show support for the LGBT community and their athletes
- ignore the situation and enjoy the sport
As an athlete you can:
- choose to boycott the games and not attend or compete
- choose to attend and show support for the LGBT community and their athletes by wearing rainbow gloves ect.
- ignore the situation and compete
These are really the choices and they are completely individual. Me, I support the athletes. Some of them have spent years working towards the goal of competing at the Games and might never get another chance. Why let ignorant politicians and questionable Olympic city choice ruin that? That being said, if I were there, my support for the LGBT community would clear.
For the above reasons, I am celebrating the Games in my household. I am cheering for Canada, my Husband is cheering for Australia (whose athletes all live and train in Whistler anyway) and the poor baby is stuck in the middle.
In honor of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, I am going to be trying out new recipes and ideas from the competing countries and bringing them directly to you!
Stay tuned and get ready. If nothing else, the Games put the world on stage and gives us a chance to learn from one another.
(I am ringing a cowbell at this very moment!)