The Olympics are underway in Brazil. Hooray! It’s the first time the Olympics have been in South America, and I’m sure they’re going to be fine.
Of course there has been much hand-wringing and concern by the media. Would there be too much pollution in the rivers? What about protests? Security? Poverty? And, oh, god, Zika!
But…those of us who have some perspective can remember…
In 2014, all the buildings were falling apart, and unlivable…except they seemed to work out ok in the end.
In 2012, people were concerned when, only months before the games, venues were still under construction….except that they were all done by the time the games happened.
In 2010, there wasn’t enough snow…until there was.
In 2008, pollution and human rights violations would make the games horrible…except that they were very well-received.
In 2006, 2004, 2002, 2000, and 1998, the worry was cost overruns, bribes, and security, security, security! The games would never survive…
Except that they did, and they even managed to survive the most recent terrorist attack at a games event, when white Christian terrorist Eric Rudolph detonated a bomb during the Atlanta games in 1996.
I’m sure in the end, the Rio games will be just fine, and will go down as a success, just as much as all the other games have. I’m also sure that we’ll have more worry and hand-wringing in 2018, 2020, 2022, 2024, 2026, 2028, 2030, 2032, etc, etc…