Support teen journalism.

 

If you're going to shop at amazon.com, please click through The Tattoo's website first. It will bring us a share of amazon's profits and won't cost you a thing! Just click on the red link below to reach amazon.com. THANK YOU!


Making a permanent impression since 1994.

Home Page

Read The Tattoo's blog

All issues

Who we are

Movies

Cartoons

Shop at amazon.com

Support Youth Journalism International's efforts to  connect teen writers, artists and photographers with peers around the globe, teach journalism, foster cross-cultural understanding, and promote and defend a free youth press.

X Trials | Katrina journals |Teen suicideTeen pregnancy |  School violence | Travel | Journals | Daily Sketch | Awards | Contact us

September 1, 2008

The True Meaning of the Olympics

By Katie Grosser

Junior reporter

Youth Journalism International
 

Meschede, Northrhine Westphalia, GERMANY – In essence, the Olympic Summer Games are a stage for the world to present itself.


This year, Beijing was a platform for many things.


First of all, China got to show its face to the world. Whether it was China's true face or just a propaganda-painted mask is debatable, but what is indisputable is that the Summer Olympics opened this rising country up for discussion.


The Games allowed everyone to have an opinion and reminded the world that the People's Republic of China is a country to be reckoned with.

 

Beijing was also a stage for victory and failure.


To me, Michael Phelps is one of the heroes of the Olympics. Eight gold medals testify to his athletic expertise. I do not believe that he or any of the other countless record-breaking swimmers were doped.
But, as always, there is the counterpart to his achievement.


Fabian Hambüchen, a young, successful German gymnast, twice fell off the high-bar, his signature apparatus. This does not make him a failure. It just goes to show that even the best of the best have bad days.


After all, as the Olympics ought to show, being there is everything and winning is actually unimportant.


This brings me to the next Olympic platform: competition.


Competition itself is a good thing, I believe, because it drives us to achieve higher goals. However, simply counting up gold medals and thereby disregarding the work and effort put into each and every one of them is a sad thanks to the athletes that train so hard just to qualify for the Olympic Games.


Lastly, the Olympics are a platform for peace.


I was touched when a Georgian and a Russian athlete shook hands and kissed each other's cheek amidst the evolving conflict between their homelands. This act of friendship said more than a thousand words and goes a long way to show how the Olympics can be used to proclaim peace and harmony between all the nations of this world.

 

Inevitably, the Summer Olympics 2008 have come to an end, and it won't take long for people to forget the details.


But what remains is the feeling that once every four years, athletes of the entire world come together to show off, compete, win, lose and sometimes even to do what some governments seem incapable of doing, namely putting forward peace and harmony.


Here's to Beijing 2008. May the countdown to London 2012 begin.

 

Read more coverage of the 2008 Olympics


 


Add us to your online bookmark site:
Add http://www.readthetattoo.com to your blinklist account Add http://www.readthetattoo.com to your delicious account Add http://www.readthetattoo.com to your digg account Add http://www.readthetattoo.com to your fark account Add http://www.readthetattoo.com to your furl account Add http://www.readthetattoo.com to your magnolia account Add http://www.readthetattoo.com to your newsvine account Add http://www.readthetattoo.com to your reddit account Add http://www.readthetattoo.com to your simpy account Add http://www.readthetattoo.com to your spurl account Add http://www.readthetattoo.com to your myyahoo account Add http://www.readthetattoo.com to your shadows account Add http://www.readthetattoo.com to your sync2it account Monitor http://www.readthetattoo.com with Blogarithm Meneame

 

 

© 2008 by The Tattoo. All rights reserved.

Who we are  |  Join us  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

WebSTAT - Free Web Statistics