August 12, 2008, - 1:28 pm

Phelps v. Spitz–So What? Important American Olympian Remembered; A Reader’s Great Points About Team USA

By Debbie Schlussel
As I’ve already said a few times, I think the Olympic Games is a joke, and I’m mostly not paying attention. If Michael Phelps gets the 8 medals and sets the record, what will that do for you, me, or America? Not much. But it’ll do a heckuva lot for sales of that Speedo unitard swimsuit contraption. Didn’t Jamie Lee Curtis, Jane Fonda, and Olivia Newton-John wear those in the ’80s? Remember, Mark Spitz was a true amateur in a tiny Speedo bikini with a hirsute body to slow him down. This guy, Phelps, is a well-paid, vitamin/electrolyte/magic protein-engorged professional encased in a second-skin cheater’s uniform.
That said, there two moments that are my favorites in Olympic history. The first is the win of the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team against the Soviet Union in the semi-finals. Fortunately, I was around to see that, and it is well-depicted in the movie, “Miracle“.


John Woodruff & Jesse Owens Prevailed @ Nazi Olympics
The other moment–or set of moments–I was not around to see. In 1936, Black American athletes John Woodruff and Jesse Owens won gold medals at the Berlin Olympics, an incredible thumb in the face of Adolf Hitler. Though it is only half a thumb because Owens–who had already won several medals at the Nazi Games–and another runner replaced two Jewish athletes, Sam Stoller and Marty Glickman, on the 4×100 meter relay. They were benched because they were Jewish, and anti-Semites, like Average Brundage, ran the U.S. Olympic Committee.
Last week, a memorial was erected at Indianapolis’ Crown Hill Cemetery to honor Woodruff, the first Black American to win Olympic gold at Hitler’s Olympic Games. He won the 800-meter track event in a novel way: Finding himself trapped between runners in the 800 meters, he came to a full stop, switched lanes and passed all of his competition. He died, last year, at 92.
It’s unfortunate that Woodruff and Owens don’t get half the attention that the Olympians who did the Black Power salute got and continue to get.
They prevailed when prevailing was not about endorsements or NBC coverage. It was about standing tough against Nazis. Today, it is about appeasing Chi-Coms and Speedo and Nike and Palestinians and Iranians. Yesterday, Owens and Woodruff showed up our enemies. Today, we reach out to them under some fraudulent guise of Olympic “unity” and “spirit,” whatever that means.
Reader Kevin B. writes:

French teams: All white
Chinese teams: All Chinese
Japanese teams: All Japanese
Russian teams: All white
Iranian teams: All Persian
American teams: Black, Russian, Chinese, Indian, White, etc.
America, the great satan, the racist country who treats immigrants so horribly. THAT America.
And the silence is deafening from the Liberals in the media.
What a nice cover story it would make for the NY Times or the LA Times or even NBC to do about the inclusivity, tolerance and diversity which makes America great.
Don’t hold your breath. It doesn’t fit their “blame America first” liberal agenda.

Pretty much.

9 Responses

Iranian teams: All Persian
Should read….
Iranian team: All white
since ethnic Persians are Aryans.

Kalifornia Kafir on August 12, 2008 at 4:55 pm

My favorite member of the 1936 Olympic Games will always be Marty Glickman.

There is NO Santa Claus on August 12, 2008 at 9:31 pm

America is not a diverse country, it’s a formerly
White country becoming non-White. You are not witnessing multi-culturalism, you are witnessing a great transition. The non-White groups to which you refer already have racial countries for themselves, and now they’re expanding into where Whites live. Only Whites have to “share” and that’s why we’re disappearing.

John Harper on August 13, 2008 at 3:22 am

    Hey John,
    Are you not forgetting that America was not a white country? It was actually an Indian country the whites destroyed these original inhabitants through the processes of colonisation?

    Michael on December 9, 2010 at 7:36 pm

RE: Observation of Kevin B. Yea!! What he said !! Many brain-washed Americans cannot appreciate the fact that most countries outside the US are HOMOGENEOUS. And they like and keep it that way. Viva America, the True Melting Pot !!

Roads Skolar on August 13, 2008 at 8:27 am

But, it’s not a melting pot, it’s just a transition from one group to another. There’s no such thing as multi-culturalism, that’s just what people call it when their communities disappear.

John Harper on August 14, 2008 at 1:17 am

Here’s the net result of your precious diversity, congratulations. (Blondes will be next.)

John Harper on August 16, 2008 at 8:55 am

It is an outstanding performance that was given by Jessie Owens that is for sure and it was a personal victory for Owens. However, the actions taken by the three athletes who took the dais after the 200m sprint finals in ’68 weren’t protesting for their own benefit, they sacrificed their moment of personal glory for the solidarity of a greater cause. One of them was not even American and he still saw the importance of the black athlete’s actions at these games and supported them through wearing the Olympic Project for Human Rights badge. So I feel you are comparing apples to oranges on that point.
America’s racial intolerance in the 1960’s needed to be brought to the world’s attention. And if it was ok for Owens and the Bronze Medallist to salute their flag’s from the dais of the 100 meters in their own ways, then it should also be of no concern that the two American athletes offered a salute of solidarity toward their flag in their own way.
They are two very distinct moments for two very distinct causes that share the common theme of racism and its foibles.

Michael on December 9, 2010 at 8:09 pm

Thank you for posting this. People seem to have forgotten about those heroes and winners against all odds. Same thing is happening in the workplace with workers compensation lawyer like I don’t people realize how valuable that is.

Megan on November 26, 2012 at 8:34 am

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