Let me start by saying that I am a Winter Olympics fan. I am also a cross country skiing and a biathlon fan. I would be proud if the Americans took home a gold in biathlon. (For those of you who aren't familiar, biathlon is cross country skiing and shooting.)
A report this morning, however, on NPR's "Morning Edition" about the U.S. Biathlon team rubbed me the wrong way. The report was all about how, with increased funding, the U.S. team is able to hire better coaches and is now more competitive.
Toward the end of the story, the reporter quoted team member Tim Burke, who said that the race yesterday was "unfair" because of weather conditions. He was referring to the fact that it snowed. In fact, several members of the team whined about conditions.
I'll pause here while you soak that in.
Yes - a Winter Olympic skier is upset that it snowed on his race and that is why he finished 47th.
Isn't this a bit like a swimmer saying that it was "too wet" or a cyclist saying it was too "hilly"?
Unfair is when someone steals your skis or jumps out in front of you and blocks your way. But to complain that it snowed and that made a SKI RACE UNFAIR? Dude - man up. Spend a little less time looking for excuses and a bit more time training and maybe you'll finish in the top 20.
I'm glad that the U.S. Biathlon team has better athletic coaching. If they want some PR coaching, I am available.