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Olympic headlines too negative

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I read the paper every day and recently I have also watched the Olympics.
Last Sunday, I was somewhat disappointed in some of the reporting.
My comments are directed to what I consider negative headlines in the Feb. 16, Okanagan Sunday. I suppose it is an attempt to describe the efforts and outcomes for some of our Canadian Olympic athletes.
You know, Canadian athletes, the ones who have been in training all their lives for a chance to compete in the Olympics. The ones who have dared to dream even when they were small children. The ones whose parents sacrificed and supported them all the way.
They discipline themselves and train every minute possible to see if they can fulfill their dream of making it to the Olympics and compete with the best in the world. They are the ones who put it all out there for themselves and their country. They are the ones who are brought to tears and feel the agony of their loss on international television when something happens and they don't achieve their goal.
They are also the ones who may see the headline such as No gold for Eric - Kelowna-raised skeleton racer finishes out of the medals at Sochi. What a bummer.
While this does not reflect the many positive things said, there has to be a better way to communicate the events mentioned.
There is no doubt we like to see our athletes win medals, particularly gold, if it is within reach. But what message should we send if they don't win?
In my opinion, these types of headlines are written by someone with shallow insight and an athletic level who probably wouldn't qualify for carrying one of our athlete's equipment bags.
Either they don't know any better or are just trying to sell newspapers.
Any person who has done their best and left it all on the track, rink or wherever their sport is played would never use this type of headline to describe their efforts. Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir (ice dance silver medallists) said it best when they said "We didn't lose the gold, we won the silver."
Having said that, if the participants themselves wants to agonize over their defeat, they have earned the right to do so. Not some spectator who has never been close to that level of personal experience.
I am not being naive here. I am simply stating as outsiders from that level of skill, headlines in any Canadian newspaper should communicate our support for our athletes even if they don't finish first. Wherever they finish, they have given it their all. We should be proud of them for that. Public communication should reflect that.
As a Canadian, to all our Olympic athletes, for just being there, thank you.
Jim Barnet,
Westbank

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