Friday, June 22, 2012

The "Ravolympics"...oops! can't say that

Long time no post, sorry for that and more on that later.  If anyone out there is still reading...My most sincere thank you.

It has been brought to the attention of the knitting/crocheting world that the USOC (United States Olympic Committee) is a bit "unhappy" with Ravolympics and would like the name, patterns and all things that are associated with it removed. That they feel, "a competition that involves an afghan marathon, scarf hockey and sweater triathlon, among others, tends to denigrate the true nature of the Olympic Games. In a sense, it is disrespectful to our country’s finest athletes and fails to recognize or appreciate their hard work."

I find this amazing, if you go to their website, the USOC is asking for donations to add stitches to the American Flag in support of our Olympic atheletes.

Something that I find really very sad, that the USOC and the Olympic atheletes are so insecure and so pompus that they are theatened by a group of artists/crafters trying to acheive their best, while watching and supporting our atheletes attempt to acheive their best. It would seem to me that these folks at the USOC would have seen the Ravolympics as what it could have been...a win-win for everyone.

Knitters and Crocheters are historically very supportive people. See the Yarnharlot's page and the Doctors Without Borders donation total.
I really think that this could have all been handled differently, I think that there was a real possiblity that had the USOC thought for a moment about it, a huge potential for donations to support Team America could have been found.

I know that I have never compaired myself to an Olympic athelete, but I have certainly pushed to meet a personal best while watching the Olympics. It was a time for me to push myself and to watch these incredibly talented individuals work to achieve their personal best and a lifelong goal.

I understand that legally, the USOC has to protect their "logo". What they need to remember, we are Americans too, and were not trying to take away from the athletes, but to feel more at one with them and to offer unwaivering support for our team and country.

So very sad that these folks seem to be so threatened by a group of artists/crafters...shame on you USOC for demeaning us because of your insecurites...I'm not sure that I will be able to watch the Olympics, something I have done almost religiously for the last 20 years, because I know that the USOC thinks that we as knitters and crocheters are less...

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