Olympics were fun and inspirational
Sports columnist Bernie Lincicome is a mean, spiteful, hateful writer. His comment that, "It's not over until the fat lady sings" is a nod to operatic voices, not sports heroes. Biles admitted she was suffering from a known sports medicine ailment and was not willing to risk serious injury doing a difficult spin maneuver, one that could endanger her team's medal chances. Linciome asserts that "Biles suddenly decided it was not worth it." Really! That's how we treat our U.S. team which worked for four years to be representing the U.S.in Japan -- with an insult regarding her intentions?
It is hard to believe that Linciome assumed that, in this time of pandemic caution, there were empty seats with no fans for no reason other than boredom in Tokyo? Doesn't he read the Daily Herald's many sports articles that articulate the fact that the seats would be empty of fans for their own protection? Nationalism is not a "villain of Olympism." Is that even a word?). I believe the Olympics brings nations together in one of the few joyful in spirit activities that is not politically tainted.
Lastly, saying that Tokyo (which spent billions to build stadiums and prepare a beautiful venue for the games) is "a shapeless concrete without style or charm?"
I thought the games and the proud athletes were exciting, the sporting events exuberant. I thoroughly enjoyed watching all athletes from all nations exhibiting remarkable feats of sport excellence. I don't need to hear venomous attacks on the games or the athletes who put their hearts and souls in this joyful gathering of nations. They were beautifully filmed and commentaries were excellent. Let's enjoy the fun and excitement that these events bring to our collective lives.
John J. Kula