But doesn't it seem like some of the questions the TV and print reporters (especially the print reporters in press conferences) ask the young Olympians seem somewhat insensitive, invasive or even rude?
I guess they have to get a story. The Olympians are gracious and well coached in their answers. Some questions are somewhat tactfully stated, but you almost expect that the questions below are the ones the reporters really want to ask:
- All of your lifetime hopes and dreams have been shattered by your crappy performance this evening. You have disappointed your family, your coaches, and your country. How do you feel?
- You were once a role model for some of the young people you are now competing against. When are you going to get a real job?
- Congratulations on your silver medal. How will you feel standing on the podium while the Chinese national anthem is playing?
- Did you realize when you had that tiny glitch that it would be the difference between gold medal glory and total oblivion for the rest of your life?
- You have been plagued with injuries the last few years. Is it harder to recover now that you’re obviously over the hill?
- You were a heavy favorite coming into the games. How has it felt to finish behind your teammates in every event?
- Over a billion people worldwide will be watching your performance tonight. Does that make you nervous?
- We all noticed that you were a real klutz during warm ups. Is this an indication of how you will perform tonight?
- You’ve had some problems with nerves in important competitions. What are you doing to help you at the Olympics, the most important competition you'll ever be in?
- Do Olympic swimmers pee in the pool?
Oh wait. Ryan Seacrest actually did ask that one.
But, be honest, we all wanted to know.
An Olympic-related observation
Winning a gold medal at the Olympics can set you up
for a lifetime
of deserved recognition, respect and dignity.
Unless you marry a Kardashian.