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Right now we are right in the middle of the Summer Olympic Games. When we had fewer television channels (which I can remember!), this was the only game in town. Now with so many channels, video games, movies on demand and more, one wonders if we care as much about the Olympics as we once did. How important do you think they are?
And it wouldn't be the Olympic Games if there wasn't a scandal or two. From Jim Thorpe being stripped of his gold medals for having played minor league baseball three years before the 1912 games (his medals were eventually returned to him 30 years AFTER his death) to the dual gold medals the judges at the 2002 Winter Games were forced to award to Canadian and Russian figure skating pairs because of allegations of collusion among the judges, these Summer Games are no exception. Now the female Chinese gymnastics team, who beat the U.S. for the gold, is under suspicion for possibly underage team members (an athlete must be 16 to compete in the Olympics).
What do you think?
But despite the "scandals," I watch because of moments like these...
Why do you watch the Olympics? If you don't why not?
The Library has some great overviews of the Olympics and biographies of Michael Phelps and other Olympians. Check them out!
View our Olympic Items
View Michael Phelps Items
View Olympian Biographies