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"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free....... ~Ronald Reagan~

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Olympian Skips History Class

Freedom of speech, freedom of speech, freedom of dissent are all part of the American way. However, the Olympics should be free of politics and poor taste, especially by its participants. They represent themselves but wear the colors of the country, therefore, representing that country and its people.
Who does U.S. figure skater Johnny Weir represent? In an NBC profile of Weir this past week, the flamboyant athlete is shown lying on a couch wearing a red sweatjacket with the decoration of CCCP, the Cyrillic Russian initials of the old USSR. He want on to wear the jacket during a practice session while his coach looked on.
We have now seen an American Olympic athlete, representing the United States, casually wearing a sweatjacket symbolizing the old Soviet Union.
The three-time U-S men’s figure skating champion says he got it from Russian pairs skater Tatiana Totmianina as a birthday present. He says it’s just for fun, the same as if someone was wearing a Madonna T-shirt. "I know that a lot of people, especially the more Republican-style people, are very afraid of what I mean to the sport and what I’m going to say, what kind of revolutionary, crazy things are going to come out of my mouth. And good for them. They should be scared," Weir explained.
I would suggest to Mr. Weir that "scared" may be what he might feel if my 6'4", 240 lb. son, who is entering military service this week, might say to Weir. In addition to patriotism, my son has seriously studied history, something Mr. Weir apparently missed out on. Wearing a relic from the Cold War, looks more like an endorsement of the most brutal, most murderous regime ever to reign on Earth, not fun if you lived in a Gulag or worse.
Weir and his coach are irresponsible and the statement of the jacket is demeaning to people who suffered at the hands of Lenin, Stalin and the KGB. They lived in terror behind walls, and an "Iron Curtain." The people of CCCP lived at the hands of secret police, many disappeared from their families never to be seen or heard from again.
Athletics is sometimes a maturing process, but it hasn't work out that way for Johnny Weir. In between skating practice Weir should catch up on his history!

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Blogger Snow said...

As a figure skating fan, I am sooooo disgusted by Weir's intolerant, hateful statments. The kid has some issues and disrespect is among them.

2/19/2006 12:28:00 PM  

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