Tag: Olympics


What It Means for ESPN to Celebrate Caitlyn Jenner

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: ESPN will soon give the Arthur Ashe award to Caitlyn Jenner, causing critics to have a field day on social media. In particular, many think an award for courage is more deserved by an athlete such as young Lauren Hill, who died of brain cancer in April. But awards tell us a lot about who’s giving the award, as much as (if not more than) the recipient. And remember, “ESPN isn’t telling the world the only athlete who’s made a contribution in bravery beyond......

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Insights on Bruce Jenner: Embrace Your Reality

Once tabloids and gossip sites breathlessly started publishing pictures of Bruce Jenner in a dress, it seemed only a matter of time before our national conversation would acknowledge a kind of “transgender moment.” When the former Olympic great and Kardashian reality show patriarch agreed to be interviewed by Diane Sawyer, many were concerned that the broadcast would be a showcase for the sensational – or otherwise belittle the lives of people whose gender differs from the one generally assumed for them at birth. This fear is rooted, in part, in a history......

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The Winners and Losers

In the last Week in Wisdom I invited readers to compare two reactions to the unprecedented tie for the gold medal in the women’s downhill between Tina Maze of Slovenia and Dominique Gisin of Switzerland. When Maze completed her run, Gisin came out of the leader’s box and into the finish area to give her a hug and was quoted as saying, “I’m sure glad I’m going to share this gold with Tina, she’s such a great woman and one of the greatest athletes of our sport.” Maze responded, “We will be......

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The Olympic Spirit

I am no kill-joy! I love watching the Olympics. I root and feel pride for my tribe (USA! USA!) all dressed in their Ralph Lauren designed outfits. I get goose bumps (with appropriate 1960’s self-consciousness) when our national anthem is played at the gold medal ceremony of one of our winners. But there is a truth about the Olympics that challenges those of us who believe in a universalism that can both include the best and transcend the worst of our particular cultural contexts and tribal loyalties. If we are honest, the......

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