You didn’t Build that Gold Medal Opportunity

Earlier this week at the Olympics in women’s gymnastics, Jordyn Wieber finished 4th overall in the qualifying round for the women’s individual all-round finals.  She did not, however, qualify for the final competition due to a rule that does not allow more than 2 athletes from each country to participate in the finals.  The International Olympic Committee (IOC) put this rule in place to get more countries represented in the finals.  A Russian gymnast, despite finishing 9th overall, also did not make the finals, which will have 24 athletes competing.  Most people when hearing this rule are bothered by the feeling that this is unfair despite the possibly good intentions.

There has been no official word from the White House on this rule, but I was listening to my Ham radio after the event, and thought I intercepted a consoling call from President Obama to Jordyn Wieber.  The woman was very upset, so he did most of the talking.  Despite the static, I was able to write down most of what I heard the President say…

“We have found that it just works better when you spread the medals around…”

“A lot of gymnasts think they just work harder than others, but I know a lot of gymnasts from other countries who work hard…”

The woman on the phone started sobbing at this point.

“I do think at a certain point you have won enough medals. I mean how many do you need…”

“I was talking to my friend Warren Buffett the other day, and I realized that we should propose a ‘Phelps Rule’ to the IOC, where if you win more than 5 medals you have to give at least 30% back…”

“If you have a fall and a doctor amputates your foot, somebody still wins a medal…”

The gymnast gasped and tried to ask a question, but the President continued.

“Medals trickling down from the top one percent has never worked…”

“You didn’t build that pommel horse, you didn’t build those uneven bars, somebody else made that happen!”

Jordyn at this point indicated that she appreciated the effort, but that she didn’t feel this call was helping her feel any better.  The voices started to fade away, the last thing I heard was the President saying something about Chicago Olympics in 2020.

The free enterprise system has created wealth and benefited all people throughout society, particularly the poor.  The rules implemented in this sport are eerily similar to the principles behind what is being advocated for our country.  Let’s not allow some subjective idea of fairness to destroy the system that has raised more people’s living standards than any other in history.

Author Bio:

Michael has been an editor and contributor at the website www.freemarketsfreepeople.net for over 2 years. He has over 20+ years of diverse business experience, from running complex operations where he managed hundreds of people, to starting and running small businesses such as www.realinterestfund.com. He is blessed, or perhaps cursed, with a logical mind which he uses to analyze government, media, politics, and culture. He believes that his life experiences help him bring a unique perspective to the issues of the day.
  • Anna S.

    It is sad to see that it is not just Obama who has such an agenda for our country, but the  IOC, the UN, the military, the police, the schools, and now many of our churches have this same plan for the whole human race.  I wonder how we, who see this race into the Dark Ages differently, can diffuese such a concerted global effort. 

  • Artlouis

    It is similar to baseball’s all-star game, where there must be at least one player from each franchise on the teams, and good players are taken out of the lineup at just the wrong time to make room for lesser players who have been waiting on the bench. 

  • venter

    Good point  Can I have a gold medal because I am watching all the events on T.V. and eating popcorn (unsalted , no coconut oil  AND a small soda)

  • Aeffesstoo

    How about instead of rewarding winning athletes with a gold medal, we just give everyone a gold star. That way, as we slip into  mediocrity, everyone can think they won.

  • DanB_Tiffin

    I wondered when someone was going to point out the connections between Obama’s comments on business owners and how that should then also apply to athletic champions of any sort.
    so “You didn’t build that!!” also means that
    “You didn’t win that medal!!”
    etc.
    How about “You didn’t earn those good grades in school!” also?

  • DOOM

    Ah, I forgot about that rule.  That’s why the Olympics are boring as hell this year.

  • CCNV

    I believe that this small business owner in Georgia said it best with the sign in front of his store:

    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/08/01/georgia-businessman-posts-sign-after-didnt-build-that-debate/