At every Olympics closing ceremony of late, there seems to be a moment of anticipation to see whether or not the president of the International Olympics Committee will say it is the “best Olympics” yet. It is a legacy of former President Juan Antonio Samaranch not to be repeated by current president, Jacques Rogge (Xinhua News, with thanks to a reader who corrected me).
However, that expectation is still there, as it was in Beijing (see Xinhua story). There was a quiet, disappointing murmur of the otherwise raucous crowd at the Closing Ceremonies when Jacques Rogge only called these Games “excellent” and “friendly”. “Best ever” or not, “friendly” and “excellent” weren’t good enough for the otherwise generally easy to satisfy Canadians.
Sure, there were some issues at these games. However, they were glitches compared to major issues that happened at some of the other games. Bigger, more deliberate stuff, that had far greater consequences. However, that’s politics for you.
I’m sure if Rogge waited till Shatner did his updated “I AM CANADIAN!” speech, though, and the rest of the comedy in our Canadian sense of humour shown in the Closing Ceremonies, Rogge might have strengthened his adjectives to describe these games. Btw, here’s How to Make Love in a Canoe, if you didn’t know. 🙂
One thing I can say for sure, the 2010 Closing Ceremonies were DEFINITELY the BEST EVER with the humour added to all the glitz and glory otherwise!!!
Now, nobody expects the Olympics to go over without glitches and issues, but it seems some were more political and deliberate issues than others. Look at China’s Internet censorship and continued human rights abuses, among other promises it made that it never lived up to, in or since, the 2008 Olympics. It was just political maneuverings typical of the Chinese government that was to be expected. Not surprisingly, its constant smoke and mirrors deceit stretched to choosing a girl to lip sync during the opening ceremonies because she looked prettier than the one who actually sang the piece who could have been there.
These are bigger and more deliberate issues, with real and symbolic ramifications, that are different than glitches nobody can do much about. I have a lot more trouble reconciling those deliberate situations than stuff like broken hydraulics or lack of snowfall from an unpredictable El Nino oscillation in weather situations that started last August. Mind you, the fact one torch branch didn’t come up during the opening ceremonies was pretty embarrassing. When the world was watching, we couldn’t get it up! (Canadian Olympic Torch Needed Viagra)
At these Olympics, it’s widely known the British have been trashing it. The Russians have called this the “cursed Olympics”, but it was more about their lack of results. But all that said, and all else done, Jacques Rogge adjectives or otherwise, do you think the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics was the best Winter Olympics ever?