Tuesday, August 14, 2012

And speaking of silly political messages displayed by Olympians...

Some people in the US of A are a bit ticked off that one Olympian, Leo Manzano following his victory in the 1500-meter running race, chose to wave a Mexican flag on his victory lap.

Well, he initially waved the Stars & Stripes, but then added the Eagle Devouring Snake (full disclosure: I don't know what the Mexican flag is called) on his second round.

I'm torn here. While a ROK Olympian got a red card from his medal ceremony for flashing a "Tokto is ours" card, is donning the Mexican flag a political statement? I could imagine a Korea-born US Olympian doing the same with the Taegukki, but I don't think that would go over well with some people either.

But then again, some people are probably mad the entire Olympics is in metric, so I have to ask if the Olympians are supposed to cater all their behavior to an audience that had next to nothing to do with their hard-earned victory.


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  1. I miss the Dokdo Is Ours blog. I discovered it, as I do so many K-blogs, near the end of its run.

  2. I don't know how to feel honestly. He's competing for one country then displays the flag of another country. That's just sort of weird for an event like the Olympics where you compete for a national team.

    Still, I'm at least pleased that the Olympics refuses to recognize a delegation from Missouri.


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