The Russian Olympics: Observations of a Perplexed Spectator


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Wow. That long read was worth the time, no question.

And I learned something that no one has ever been able to explain to me. I grew up before Title IX was implemented, plus had a non-normal childhood, so I have never understood the general passion for spectator sports. But here it is:

Something extraordinary was happening, and I realized that I shared their emotion, not because I rooted for the same team or same country, but I could ride the lifting emotion and energy, and its sudden appearance was something we all could enjoy. That was it, I thought at the time. That’s what I came for.
A spectator of sport looks to share in this kind of exuberance with others. It is not something a person can create by or for himself. It depends completely on a ritualistic event that invites our participation. It may or may not happen and its unpredictability only enhances the payoff. It is a raw experience of energy, like a fountain of youth. It is rare but this kind of experience is revitalizing.

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That Goggomobil: SQUEEEEEE!


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Maybe a resort town in the middle of an identity crisis while hosting the olympics, isn’t the best place to experience the local culture in a historical context.

Then in some ways it appears to have been a perfect example of modern Russia (in a town in the middle of an identity crisis).

Too bad the event tickets couldn’t have been managed better… I would have expected that to be one of the easier acquisitions.


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I’ll bite. What is Title IX?


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You beat me to it! I had copied those exact two paragraphs to re-post here. And then I kept reading, and the writing kept getting better.

This is the same reason I go to burning man and SF conventions.


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This is the ONLY way I can connect with my sports-fan friends’ love of their preferred form of ritual war. That mob unity thing. I got my fix of that through the early rave scene, but wherever you get it, damn, it’s good.

(IMO, it’s better with Gabber & ecstasy, but whatevs)


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I believe the author of that post is saying they are female, and referring to the law.

http://www.titleix.info/History/History-Overview.aspx

Prior to this, there was really no problem just never teaching girls about anything considered “not feminine,” which includes a large number of sports. In other words, growing up in an environment where sports are considered something for “the other.”


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I think it’s a Zaporozhets not a Goggomobil. It’s also a highway patrol car- or at least that’s what the writing on the door means.


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Izzat so? It’s a dead ringer, like. Even down to the canted-in wheels. Not surprising for that era of cars. I’d love a Buick-alike Chaika…


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Really? ZAZ copied the design of the FIAT 600 for the Zaporozhets, not the Goggomobil.

And I would also love a Chaika- though what I’d really like is the KGB-special Volga with the V8 engine from the Chaika. Soviet muscle car…


#12

That’s, like, the most deliberately awkward car to pick ever. You’re correct, however.


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Yup, exactly. Thanks for helping.

Gym class for girls in my grade school was comprised of tumbling, volleyball, jump rope, 16" softball, and such.

I never even learned the rules to U.S. football, baseball or basketball until I was an adult.


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