: Gil Lebreton
at the Fort Worth Star-TelegramSUBJECT:
Canada's national attitude during the Vancouver OlympicsBENIGN OPENING
: "After a spirited torch relay ignited pride in every corner of the
country, the Olympic Games began and quickly galvanized the nation."SURPRISE REVELATION 4 SENTENCES LATER:
Lebreton wasn't talking about Vancouver. He was talking about "the 1936 Berlin Olympics"--held while Adolf Hitler was in power.CANADA'S TRANSGRESSION
: "Overwhelming chauvinism"AS DISPLAYED IN:
"Canadian flags," "people in sweatshirts and jerseys adorned with Canadian maple leafs," lusty "cheering for Canadian athletes"POSSIBLE CAUSES OF CHAUVINISM:
"Had the classic Canadian inferiority complex finally decided to bite
back? Or was this a dark consequence of the Own the Podium program?"REFERENCES TO 1936 GERMANY
: 3HOW NON-CANADIANS WERE TREATED AT THE GAMES
: Like "drink coasters"EVIDENCED BY
: The fact that "South Korean Kim Yu-Na's dazzling gold-medal performance in women's
figure skating" was "overwhelmed here by the attention
given to Quebec's Joannie Rochette, whose mother tragically died."MISLEADING STATISTIC
: "China sold 6.8 million tickets to its 2008 Summer Olympics. Vancouver only made 1.6 million available." Beijing '08 had 302 events, while Vancounter '10 had 86.AND ANOTHER THING
: "One thing I never saw: a simple flag or shirt with the five Olympic rings."WHICH REMINDS HIM:
"I didn't attend the '36 Olympics, but I've seen the pictures. Swastikas everywhere."IT'S OK TO SAY THAT BECAUSE
: "No political reference is meant, just an Olympic one."GRATUITOUS FINAL LINE
: "Nice party. But so 1936."
(Hat tip: Gawker
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