Silver & Gold

Like most of the world, I’ve been caught up in Olympic fever! 

I’ve been soaking in events like gymnastics, swimming & beach volleyball (although, what happened to their bikinis?! Who, in their right mind wears PANTS to the beach?!) 

However, last night… I got my own panties in a twist over the continually disappointed Olympians when they receive a Silver or Bronze medal. 
Are you kidding me here? 

You are at the OLYMPICS
Competing against the best of the best in the WORLD
You won a flippin’ medal! At the OLYMPICS! Be proud!! Savor the moment! 
You could’ve came in 4th… and received shit. Or worse, have hundreds of cameras in your face while you ball your eyes out on international television because you came in 4th. 
Instead, not only are the “losers” who come in 2nd bitching about their “loss”, the commentators are practically endorsing the loss instead of celebrating their Silver or Bronze medal victory!
As a Momma who grew up in a “never-good-enough” home… this issue grates on my nerves. I was never celebrated for any big or little victory growing up. Now, mind you, I wasn’t a sporty gal. I was a choir & drama geek. 1st division rating at State-level Solo & Ensemble? Is that first place? No? Not good enough. Singing the National Anthem at commencements in front of thousands of my peers & their families? Eh. Earning lead-roles in musicals? The one show my mother would begrudgingly attend, she’d give me notes afterward on what I “screwed up.” Think Annette Benning in American Beauty… Need I go on? 
Because of the lack of support I grew up with, never being good enough is something I don’t want my children to endure. I still struggle with perfectionism!! But I can deal with it now. Thing is, I struggle with involving my children in anything competitive because of the not-good-enough fear. 
On the flip-side, I don’t want to get my children involved in a soccer-team that doesn’t keep score because “everyone’s a winner!” Please. Failure IS a part of life, and guess what? Failure can actually teach you more than winning can! Thing is — success & failure aren’t black & white. Neither is life. And no, I’m not going to throw out a Shades of Grey reference… 
The Olympics endorsing silver & bronze as failures is not doing anyone, young or old, any favors whatsoever. Sure, everyone dreams of being THE BEST. But, what about your best? 
The chances of actually participating in the Olympics are so low… hell, simply knowing someone that gets the opportunity to participate is a long-shot. Many athletes may only dream of attending, let alone competing.

Can we simply celebrate the incredible Olympic athletes around the world instead of judging them with a pass/fail grade?

I raise a pint of beer to each of them…

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22 Comments

  1. Posted August 1, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

    Even getting to participate in the Olympics is such an honor- it should be seen that way. Can’t believe complaints over not getting gold.

    Btw, my husband was complaining over the beach volleyball uniforms. He was like WTH??? And I just laughed at him b/c he was complaining to ME.

    • Posted August 1, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

      Thanks, Shell. I almost feel like the commentators are just throwing gas on a fire. Yes, I’m sure there’s some level of disappointment, but come on. Celebrate the medal! Celebrate BEING there!

      BTW, Tell your husband he should not be complaining when he has your hot little stems to look at!!

  2. Posted August 1, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

    Right. Spot on and thank you. I’ve been raising filthy martini’s. Is that acceptable?

  3. Posted August 1, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

    Amen to this! It’s not easy even getting to the Olympics so they should be happy they even made it THAT far.

    • Posted August 1, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

      Thanks! I just couldn’t take another minute of the “disappointed athletes” without expressing some level of disappointment of my own. Don’t many of these people have children? I mean, the Olympics is a great opportunity to watch something truly incredible with your kids, but I have a hard time doing it when the silver medalists are complaining about not “winning”. I want to shake them. You won. You’re THERE!!

  4. Posted August 1, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

    We must have grown up in the same house, because I would have been disowned for coming in 4th! Which is a shame because at some point, I stopped trying since I knew I could never be perfect.

    I’m not much of a beer person but I would raise my green smoothie to those bronze Olympians. I won’t judge you for your beer if you don’t judge me for my smoothie. Deal?

    • Posted August 1, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

      Ilene — were our parents separated at birth? It’s not a fun way to grow up, that’s for sure. I dealt with a lot of confidence & perfectionistic issues for a long time… but I’ve learned how to get through craptastic moments like that. I just don’t want my own children growing up like that. #1 or nothing?! Screw that!

      No judgment here — you drink whatever makes you happy (a green smoothie sounds yummy, btw!) CHEERS to all the non-gold medalists everywhere!

  5. Posted August 1, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

    My biggest complaint about the Olympics this year is the commentators. How does it feel to only come in 2nd? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? I’m waiting for one of the WINNERS, because yes, 2nd and 3rd place are still winners, to punch the next person that asks that question!

  6. Posted August 1, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

    You are so right, it’s such a HUGE victory for these athletes just to qualify, let alone come in second! What are they complaining about? Can you imagine how amazing that would look on a resume someday…Won a Silver Medal at the Olympics? Most people would love to be in their place.

    • Posted August 2, 2012 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

      Absolutely, Patricia. I would guess that some of the athletes may be embarrassed by their reaction to coming in 2nd down the road. I know I would be. Thanks for stopping by, Patricia!

  7. Posted August 1, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

    A very nice tribute to the true Olympic spirit.

  8. Posted August 1, 2012 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

    Amen sista! I had this same conversation with my husband when we saw Michael Phelps get a silver medal. He was so upset and so was his family. Seriously? It was a silver medal! So many athletes would kill to even participate in the Olympics. Also, the media is killing me this year. I am so fed up with them. Give these kids props. They deserve it. They have dedicated their lives to training for the Olympics and these commentators and reporters are fueling the fire. It makes me so sad.

    • Posted August 2, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

      HA! I think seeing the entire Michael Phelps & co reaction sparked my fuel to compose this very post!! But, it had definitely crossed my mind several times before then… just seems worse than previous years.

      Thanks for popping by! CHEERS!

  9. Posted August 1, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Permalink

    I thought about this when watching the Russian gymnastics team SOB last night for getting a SILVER MEDAL. Wow? Really? Even my five year old was like “what a bunch of babies.”

  10. Posted August 1, 2012 at 10:38 pm | Permalink

    Couldn’t agree more. Winning any of these medals is a tremendous accomplishment. But so is making it to the Olympics on your country’s team at all. We need to stop all trying to be the best or nothing. Silver is cooler than gold anyways 😉

    • Posted August 2, 2012 at 9:00 pm | Permalink

      Yeah, I’m getting a little sick of the #1 or nothing attitude too. Unfortunately, it’s not just in the Olympics… but it definitely shines a light on the issue.

      And I do agree with you — silver IS cooler than gold!

      CHEERS!!

  11. Posted August 1, 2012 at 10:59 pm | Permalink

    My heart skips beats when the USA takes any medal because they worked hard for it. You are right with this post, just be happy with where you have gotten yourself!

    Stopping by from Shell’s PYHO 🙂

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