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Putting Fun into Sportsmanship

BEIJING — IOC president Jacques Rogge lives long enough to learn as Usain Bolt gets the Last Laugh.  – by Sam Aug.5th 2012

This year as we watch Olympics being held in London with more than 200 nations participating, we keep seeing  USA and China getting more medals than any other country. However, this has nothing to do with the size or population of a country. Bangladesh with more than 158 million people, is the most populous country in the world never to have won an Olympic medal, while Jamaica with less than 3 million people, has 55 Olympic medals and counting.

There are many participants that rise to the top against many odds. For third world countries, steady financing the young talents it takes to excel over a long period is non existent. So anyone that makes it to the Olympics deserves praise.

However, I will dwell on 3 people in two different sports (Women Tennis and Running) from two different countries (USA and Jamaica) – Usain Bolt, the fastest man on planet, and the two Williams Sisters – Sarena and Venus. These three, have raised the sport they play in to a new level, not just in excellency, but entertainment as well. “FUN” is the word.

Sportsmanship, sportsmanship is all you hear in training and is grilled into every athlete from the very beginning. Some people define good sportsmanship as the “golden rule” of sports. You demonstrate good sportsmanship when you show respect for yourself, your teammates, and your opponents, for the coaches on both sides, but not only that, it isn’t just reserved for the people on the field – it also includes cheerleaders, fans and parents.

No wonder, too much sportsmanship in sports such as running was killing the game with boredom, until a young man called Usain Bolt from Jamaica lightened up sprinting with a Lightning Bolt in 2008 Olympics held in Beijing – China.

2008 Olympics – Beijing, China:

In 2008 Olympics, as Usain Bolt came to the finishing line with a huge lead in 100 m final, he slowed, glanced around with arms outstretched and pounded his chest before crossing the finish line in a world record time of 9.69 seconds. The crowd went wild and by the time he posed for photographs with his lightening bolt signature in a style only reserved for musicians on stage entertaining their audience, the crowd was already reggae dancing. It was party time inside the Bird’s Nest – Beijing as much as it was in Jamaica! However, there was one person who could not stand it – Jacques Rogge, the BEIJING International Olympic Committee chief.

IOC president Jacques Rogge criticized Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt for showing a lack of respect to other competitors after his record-breaking gold-medal performances in the 100 and 200 meters.  “You don’t do that. But he’ll learn. He’s still a young man.” – reported ESPN.

As they say, time will tell. Jacques Rogge was the one to learn. He learned that it had to take a free spirited young man from Jamaica to teach the old on how to put Fun into Sportsmanship, a life line that sprinting needed to survive.

Photo credits to AP Photo/Mark Baker

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2012, London Olympics:

Usain Bolt draws biggest Olympic audience on BBC1 to date with 20 million viewerssays BBC’s Olympics boss, Roger Mosey

Now in 2012, London Olympics is emblessing wholeheartedly Usain Bolt’s Showmanship. And the fastest man alive is the hottest property in athletics– cashing in big on commercials with Sponsors queuing up to do deals with him; believed to earn £8m-£10m a year from sponsorship, he is going to the bank laughing.

To get a better understanding of this iconic young man, you have to go back into his life as he grew up in a remote part of Jamaica running around bare footed. You have to listen to interviews from his family, friends, coach and agent to learn how the man behind the legend was formed.

Two BILLION people watch Usain Bolt’s win… but none of them in America: Sports fans outraged as NBC fails to show 100m final live on TV!!!!!!

Usain Bolt has done it again in London, breaking his previous 2008 Olympic record in 100m Sprint:

And the other side of Bolt:

New Dance – Usain Bolt Proud to be Jamaican

Credits to VIBESJAMAICAJTB

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Women Tennis

The other sport that I have come to like is Tennis, Women Tennis.
The reason for the interest is simply because of the “Williams Sisters”.

The word “FUN”, is an understatement – just call it free entertainment. After Sarena Williams won women tennis singles, becoming the second woman to ever complete a career Golden Slam, she had so much fun, even enough to share with the audience and in case you missed it, here is some of it:

Then something which has never happened during Olympics took place and broke the audiences’ silence into oowww, woooow and aaahhhh in amazement, with some clapping others cheering – US flag falls during Serena Williams’s gold-medal ceremony at Wimbledon – Olympics 2012


After that, Sarena and her sister – Venus, went ahead to get another gold medal in Tennis doubles:

A Historic Win: Venus and Serena Williams became the first players to win four Olympic Games.

Not bad for two girls that were taught how to play tennis by their father, who never played tennis himself. While most privileged children learned their trade in expensive tennis academies from city to city around USA, Richard Williams bought books on how to play tennis and then went ahead and started teaching his daughter, Venus and later Sarena joined her sister.

More to come….

 

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