Olympics 2012: West Questions after China’s 'Obsession with Gold'



“China's determination to take the most gold medals at the Olympics has taken a knock in the wake of disqualification for its badminton team and the loss of the track cycling gold.

In Beijing, where the authorities believe only first place is worth having, more people are starting to ask if the philosophy of gold above all else costs too high a price. - bbc



I’ll put it down to sour-grapes actually.  I’m no fan of the Chinese as I’m no fan of racism, xenophobia, fascism, or Orwellian-style ultra-nationalism.  However, I don’t take kindly to the allusion that China is particularly ‘obsessed’ with Gold in the Olympics. 

Every time ‘Team GB’ wins a gold medal, which is quite rare, the crowd goes wild - perhaps Britain ought to reduce its waist size so that they’d have more people to choose Olympians from....proportion matters, be it in terms of population numbers, or waist-to-hip proportions.  If that isn’t an obsession with Gold, i don’t know what is.  I find it pretty rich for any state participating in the Olympics to accuse another of being 'obsessed with Gold'.  If there are any nations that aren't obsessed with Gold, it would be those whom can and can't be bothered to train or send people to the Olympics - like India for instance...as they aren't generally the competitive sort as they are quite mature in some respects.  All we can talk about here is not how China is obsessed with Gold, but the varying methods by which this obsession is satisfied on both sides of the hemispheric divide.

Basically, in the title of the video-article by the BBC, what they are actually doing is distinguishing themselves from the Chinese by stating that they are 'obsessed' with Gold and all their victories can be put down to this 'obsession' whereas western victories can be put down to plain skill and talent and not 'obsession'.

All we can talk about here is not how China is particularly obsessed with Gold, but the varying methods by which this obsession is present and satisfied on both sides of the hemispheric divide.
Personally, i don’t think the west is too thrilled about being beaten by a non-white.  When China’s Ye Shiwen won the Gold medal, an American coach stated that it was ‘disturbing’.  Allegations of her being doped up came up.  And i must say i was surprised when I heard a British commentator on the telly, upon Shiwen winning the 200m swim, stating, whilst surprised at her speed, that ‘she looks quite ordinary‘ - or expressing surprise that one so ordinary could win it so easily. 


What on earth was that supposed to mean?  Perhaps he’d have preferred if she looked like his mother, or some bimbo from ‘Britain’s Next Top Model’.  That comment makes no sense except to reveal a sensibility that if you weren’t white, or British, or western, than it is surprising that someone, thus determined to be ‘ordinary’, could win it.  Personally, i saw quite a few white performers, or athletes as some call them, looking pretty ordinary themselves.  But there was no comment about that when they won. 

As I said, it seems like sour-grapes emerging from Britain getting its arse royally kicked in the Olympics on its home-ground.  Perhaps they thought that the athletes ought to defer to Her Royal Highness and let them win.  Perhaps the euphoria from playing host to the Olympics, and celebrating their ‘Gracious Queen’s’ Jubilee to make them feel good amidst cuts and such, and all the nationalist and fascist sentiments that it might have stoked up, makes some look upon the yellow slit-eyed (though they prefer to be called ‘fair’ instead of ‘yellow’) and successful competitor from the east with downturned brows. 

(Perhaps being slit-eyed and relatively level-faced makes her more aerodynamic in the water as opposed to being sharp and protrusively-featured.  Maybe Britain might consider importing some sportspersons from China.  Slit-eyed and relatively level-faced does not equate to ‘ordinary’ mate.)

what is happening in the media here is an effort to do some pre-emptive PR work against China to soften any feelings of gross inadequacy should China walk off with the bulk of the bullion around their necks at the coming close of the games.As of this time of writing, China, and their fascist counterpart in the west, America - known to the ignorant as ‘the greatest nation on earth’ - are head to head on the Gold arena - 18-18.  China’s throwing the Badminton match a couple of days ago certainly played into the hands of the anti-China media - if they were anti-Chinese for their economic, military, and fascist belligerence, I can understand it and thoroughly support it, but not if they’re just pissed off at having the Chinese flag being raised above all others most times during the Olympics. 

But I do have to wonder if what is happening in the media here is an effort to do some pre-emptive PR work against China to soften any feelings of gross inadequacy should China walk off with the bulk of the bullion around their necks at the coming close of the games. 



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