Thursday, August 12, 2004

Should US Athletes Go Low-Key on Patriotism

Other teams are draping their nations flags from balconies in the Olympic village. But the US Olympic Committee has asked our athletes to tone down the patriotism, and refrain from displaying the Stars and Stripes. This is ridiculous. So we now have to hide our patriotism from the rest of the world? What's next - preemptive written apologies to foreign countries just for being American?

As Greco Roman wrestler Jim Gruenwald said, "I'm an American and I'm not going to tone it down". Good for him. Personally, I'd rather see images like the one below than a contingent of athletes who aren't even allowed to fly our flag.

US relay team in controversial pose after winning Gold in 2000.

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