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A-List Blog: Give Sasha a break!

Alex Miller

What is it with Americans that we can’t see past the gold?

I couldn’t help but feel just a little bit bad for U.S. figure skater Sasha Cohen, whose picture was splashed all over the Web and newspaper front pages Friday. She’d just won a silver medal in the Olympics, but the photos weren’t celebrating that, no. They were focusing on the fact that she fell and did NOT win the gold.

Good grief! Is nothing good enough for us anymore? I suppose next we’ll be hearing from the likes of Karl Rove that li’l Sasha is just a wee bit unpatriotic for bringing home only silver and letting some Japanese woman skate off with the gold.

Sure, it’s good to go for the gold, but having known a few athletes in my day who’ve struggled to even get on a U.S. Olympic team, I know just rising near the top is a colossal rush that will stay with them for life. Imagine, then, getting all the way up to win a medal. If it was one of my kids, I think I’d simply explode with pride.

There’s been a lot of talk and a lot written about disappointing performances from the American Olympic teams this go-round. But does anyone seriously think they didn’t try their damndest, that they didn’t give it their all? What more can we ask?

My hats off to all of the members of the U.S. Olympic team who reached the pinnacle of their sport. Whether they came in with a gold or in 50th place, they were there, in uniform, competing. How many of the critics can or will ever be able to say the same?

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