The Rotary Club of Pismo Beach / Five Cites
Mikayla Quam, First Place
Grade 6, Ocean View Elementary School
Teacher: Jeanie Gordon
Every two years, the world comes together for the Olympics, a very popular tradition. During this time, we tend to put aside other problems and conflicts that may be going on for a little friendly competition. It only lasts a few weeks, but so much happens in those days that it can get a little tricky to keep up with. Are the Olympics good for the world? One way to find out the answer to that question is to apply the four-way-test.
Is it the truth?
Since the ancient times, people have been competing in the Olympic Games. Through the years, although there have been changes, it has stayed true to itself as one of the greatest competitions. The Olympic Games have gone through many changes over the years, such as adding the winter games to include snow sports, and the Paralympic Games to include those athletes with physical disabilities. Changes also involved shifting it from purely amateur athletes in the competition to now including professional athletes. Despite these changes, the Olympic spirit of friendly competition lives on. True to this spirit is the path for unknown athletes to become known in their nation and sometimes worldwide.
Is it fair?
The Olympics is fair in more ways than one, however some events have occurred that threatens the fairness. First, it is fair because it allows anyone from any country to participate once they make it through qualifying in their own country. Also, over the years more and more sports have been added, allowing for more variety of competition and athletes. If someone is fond of a certain sport it will most likely be part of the Olympics. Finally, the additions such as the Paralympics and the Junior Olympics make it so that no matter what your situation is, you can still qualify. In terms of threats to the fairness, political boycotts, acts of terrorism, and use performance enhancing drugs. Even with these threats, fairness continues.
Will it build good will and better friendships?
Athletes from all over the world stay at the Olympic Village. Here they meet each other, make new friends and learn about other cultures. Because of this, friendships are built. There appears to be a spirit of goodwill among countries as well. During this last winter games, acts of positive sportsmanship were witnessed on the cross country skiing course when a coach of one country assisted a competitor from another country who had a broken ski. Actions such as these, viewed by people around the world, help to break down barriers and build good will for all.
Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
The Olympic Games are beneficial to many around the world. Of course the athletes benefit in being part of the largest international competition in the world. They are able to demonstrate their talents and abilities to their country and others. Spectators benefit from cheering for their country’s athletes and develop pride to be part of the country they are from. Through the media, spectators are also exposed to different cultures around the world and hopefully learn from a different perspective. The Olympic Games are a way for people of the world, both athletes and spectators, to enjoy friendly competition, witness positive sportsmanship, and learn about other countries and cultures around the world.