From My WindowIssue Date: January 31, 2018
TV Programming For All Of Us
By Jane Thibodeau Martin,
I have been greatly looking forward to the end of "Drugeuary" (January) for some time now. February brings the promise of longer days and occasional hints of spring. But for me, this year part of the anticipation is about the Olympics.
This is the rare TV event I make an effort to watch. I love that it is on network television, so everyone gets to see it if they wish to, even if they don't have cable or satellite. It is family entertainment, no need to worry about explaining to the kids why words are getting bleeped out, no coarse or crude comments, or the sudden insertion of uncomfortable to watch R rated scenes. No artificial violence, although of course a few crashes and a gruesome injury or two are possible.
No, it is TV I find exciting, inspirational, and uplifting. This is the winter Olympics, so my favorites will be the ice skating, the skiing, and the wild and crazy snowboarding. I love hearing about the path athletes follow of years of self-denial, practice, injuries and heartbreak to reach this pinnacle of sporting success. I like to root for an underdog, and my favorites are the athletes from small countries who honestly say they are thrilled just to be a participant. How can you not love the Jamaican bobsled team? Or the four athletes representing Lichtenstein?
And at a time when deliberate leadership divisiveness and mean-spirited behaviors seem to be all around us, it's refreshing to watch athletes, officials, spectators and judges of all colors and faiths, from all around the world, come together in peace. We need a reminder that such a vision is possible " and not just for athletic competitions. The competitions are not Muslim vs. Christian, or Caucasian vs. African " they are head-to-head human competitions, and rightly so, since it is really only the color of their uniforms that gives them identity.
Yes, there is a dark side " the current distressing abomination in our women's gymnastics is just one. And the scandal of doping on the Russian team (and probably elsewhere) is sad.
But overall, get ready to marvel at the bravery, artistry and sheer athletic prowess that comes with an Olympics. I don't care what country gets the most medals. Let's enjoy a spectacle of people from around the globe coming together to achieve a dream, and taking us along for the ride.
You can reach me for commentary, alternative viewpoints or ideas at this e-mail address: Janiethibmartin@gmail.com.
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