Jul 26, 2013
commented on Why I'm Boycotting Russian Vodka
I wanted to add a thought about the athletes to the on going debate about whether or not we should boycott the winter Olympics in Russia this year. I had a friend who had trained almost her whole life to be good enough at her sport to be an athlete at the Olympics. She made it and was going to be part of the Olympics. She was elated. All the things she had missed in order to practice, all of the pain she had endured, all of the pushing she had done to her body to become the best, the years and years she had given to become one of the best athletes in the world and compete on the world stage, all of it was worth it because she had succeeded in winning a spot on a US Olympic team. And then we boycotted the Olympics and i watched all of her dreams fall apart and vanish. It was the 1980 summer Olympics in Moscow. It was over 30 years ago and still it gets me every time i think about it. It was awful to watch her have everything she had worked so tremendously hard for be gone in a moment and there was nothing that she could do about it. I am not saying that i know whether boycotting or not boycotting is the best decision. I just think it is important to take what boycotting does to the athletes into consideration.