Tomorrow night, my son and I will be watching Olympic swimming, and probably other sports and events. I’m excited to see what the swimmers can do but also am envious of my son’s idealistic view of The Games.
If I were to write down my own version of an Athlete’s Credo, it would describe wanting to do my best but also wanting the same for my competitors. I would prefer to win or lose and be secure in my belief that the outcome was correct. If I were to win, I would want my opponent to say something like, “I did my best and you were better” rather than “If I’d had a better start…”.
Of course, I won’t be there competing and perhaps people who have put enough effort into getting there have different priorities.
Back to contrasting my son’s view of The Games with mine. He doesn’t notice all the politics involved. He happily sings the jingles of the Olympic-themed advertising. He doesn’t know that one of Korea’s IOC representatives is a convicted felon who was pardoned specifically so as to improve Korea’s chances of hosting the ’18 Olympics. He hasn’t read The New Lords of the Rings. Again, I envy him.
I will not be burdening him with my views of the games for a decade or more. Unlike Santa or Jesus, the idealism of The Games is not imaginary.
I’ll probably share this story with him.
Kang Seung-woo gets it.
In my time zone, it looks Like Bak Tae-hwan is swimming 400 free at 6:52 tomorrow night. Finals around 4:00am Sunday morning.