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Should the Olympics be a Stage for Political Dissent?

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Is it cool to bring political issues to the Olympics? When there are strong tensions between nations or concerns over human rights violations, should those issues be left at the door in the spirit of international unity and competition, or should the Olympics be used as a worldwide stage to express political dissent and call attention to perceived injustices?

Introduction

The modern Olympic games were first held in Athens, Greece in 1896 as a way to bring nations together for a more peaceful world. But since then, the Olympics have often been used as a platform to promote political ideologies.

At an International Olympic Committee ceremony held in early February before the start of the Sochi Olympics, IOC President Thomas Bach appealed to nations to leave their political differences at the door.

“Sport can only contribute to development and peace if it’s not used as a stage for political dissent or for trying to score points in … political contests,” he said. “Have the courage to address your disagreements in a peaceful direct political dialogue and not on the backs of the athletes.”

The statement was made in direct response to specific international leaders who have chosen not to attend the Olympics in opposition to Russia’s recent ban on so-called “gay propaganda,” which prohibits the distribution of gay rights material. The law sparked international outrage, inspiring human rights protests in cities around the world. Perhaps most prominent among the world leaders opposing Russia’s new policy is President Obama, who declined to attend the games, instead sending three openly gay championship athletes as part of the U.S. delegation.

Visit The Lowdown to explore an interactive timeline of key political moments of political dissent and violence in modern Olympic history.

Resource

PBS NewsHour video International Olympic Committee Speaks Out Against Using Sochi As ‘Stage for Political Dissent’
With the start of the 2014 Winter Games only days away, the president of the International Olympic Committee insisted that all countries respect the neutral, apolitical nature of the competition. That statement comes in the wake of international furor over a recently adopted Russian law that bans so-called gay propaganda. Jeffrey Brown reports.


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PBS NewsHour article Human rights and the Olympic Games Unit Plan
PBS NewsHour Extra and New Global Citizens (NGC) have paired up to bring you education resources to teach the Olympic Games through the lens of human rights. NGC is a youth activism program that pairs students with social justice groups around the globe. These four lesson plans include an introduction to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, historic human rights moments at the Games through an interactive timeline and an opportunity to debate the human right issues at the Sochi 2014 Olympics.

NPR radio segment How Will NBC Cover Gay Issues During Sochi Olympics?
The Winter Olympics, held in the Black Sea resort town of Sochi, Russia, should provide mesmerizing athletic spectacle on ice and snow. But each Olympics also affords a brief global platform for dissidents in host countries to get the attention of the world — primarily through the media. And the exclusive American broadcaster, NBC, is coming under pressure to do more on behalf of gay rights and journalists there.

PBS NewsHour post Obama Selects Gay Athletes for Sochi Olympic Delegation
President Barack Obama named openly gay athletes to the delegation that will represent the U.S. next year at opening and closing ceremonies for the Winter Olympics in Sochi, sending a clear signal to Russia about its treatment of gays and lesbians.


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  • Isabel Bartholomew

    Whether or not they should be, the Olympics have been– and probably always will be– a stage for political dissent. Here’s a timeline we’ve made highlighting some of those occasions.
    http://www.dipity.com/aidugan02/Politics-of-the-Olympics/

    • chance

      that is so truth

    • Zack Hannah

      @KQEDEdspace I agree, because there will always be something that one or many people want to change about a country. #DoNowOlympics #davisss

  • Will Bright

    @KQEDdspace I believe to a certain degree Political Dissent is alright to use, maybe not to an extreme so much as people should be allowed though to have an opinion and talk/ respectfully protest about this issue or any issue, and Political Dissent will most likely always be in the Olympics no matter how much we want it to be or not, so I think Russia should get over it and let some opinions come in.#DoNowOlympics#davisss

  • Olivia

    The Olympics should be about the games, not the politics. They were originally made to cause peace, not disagree about government ideas and choices. Everyone’s entitled to their opinion, including their sexuality. Going against it is just going to cause people to fight back. Even though this social issue is occurring, the attention should remain on the athletes and they should just focus on the really reason they’re there: the game. #davisss

    • madisono-2boydbence

      Olivia,
      I agree that the Olympics should be about the games not politics. The main idea of the games were to bring nations together and create peace and unity. But, by bringing politics in to this grand event is doing the opposite. Yes, everyone has an opinion and they are entitled to that but, a sports event is not the place to bring up these issues. Save your opinions for the right time and place, and the Olympics sure isn’t the right time or place for these subjects.
      After all, with all this attention that is being given to the political dissent is attention being taken away from the athletes, who have trained long and hard for a chance to compete at such, if not the most, prestigious event for athletes.
      Here is a picture that shows the Olympic flag and give a quick summary of what it stands for.

  • Zack Hannah

    @KQEDEdspace I think people shouldn’t come into another country and try to change its rules. You should just watch the games instead of taking the attention away from the athletes and trying to change ones country if your from another country. Like why should you care if you’re from somewhere else. #DoNowOlympics #davisss

  • swannigan Christian

    No, because the main focus should be on the Olympics not on the sexuality of the athletes #davisss

  • chance

    No you are taking the attention away form the athletes who took their whole live to train for the Olympics. #davisss

  • Lukep_3boydbence

    The Olympics is meant to bring together nations and play in some friendly competitions, not to bring up political issues. As Olivia says”They were originally made to cause peace, not disagree about government ideas and choices.” and she is right. The games aren’t a ground to battle over political issues. There is other places and times to do that. But during the Olympics? Really? “At an International Olympic Committee ceremony held in early February before the start of the Sochi Olympics, IOC President Thomas Bach appealed to nations to leave their political differences at the door.

    “Sport can only contribute to development and peace if it’s not used as a stage for political dissent or for trying to score points in … political contests,” he said. “Have the courage to address your disagreements in a peaceful direct political dialogue and not on the backs of the athletes.” So, overall the Olympics are meant to have fun and play some sports. Not have a political smackdown.

  • Julie_B_2_BenceBoyd

    I don’t think they should use the Olympics as an event to
    voice their political opinions. The Olympics, after all, were created to bring
    everyone together for the soul purpose of athletic competition.

    Politics can be a distraction. For example, in the Munich
    Olympics in 1972 armed Palestinian terrorists kept Israeli athletes hostage. In
    the end the Palestinians didn’t get what they wanted, and many athletes were
    killed. This political event that occurred distracted the world from the real
    purpose of the Olympics. In addition, The
    definition of ‘Olympiad’ is: 1) The balance of development of the body, will
    and mind, 2) The joy found in effort, the educational value of being a good
    role model, and 3) respect for universal ethics including tolerance, generosity,
    unity, friendship, non-crimination and respect for others.

    • chance

      I agree with you

    • Hyaden Beck

      Good example, Munich was a tragedy.

    • Claire S 2

      But if one definition of ‘Olympian’ is respect for universal ethics including tolerance, generosity, unity, friendship, non-crimination and respect for other, then why is it bad to bring a peaceful protest to the Olympics?

  • brittneyd_3boydbence

    In my opinion,I think the olympics should be place for unity, not a place for countries to debate. I think it brings everyone together, and that we should leave it to the UN to solve political issues. International Olympic committee president Thomas Bach said “Sport can only contribute to development and peace if it’s not used as a stage for political dissent or for trying to score points in … political contests. Have the courage to address your disagreements in a peaceful direct political dialogue and not on the backs of the athletes.” The olympics should bring everyone together.

  • Randi

    I think that the Olympics should be completely about the sport taking place. It is a sporting event after all. Why bring politics into it?

  • Ally Dittenber

    I don’t think that the Olympics should be a stage for politics. We should focus on the athletes and sports. It’s only for 2 weeks every two years, I think that all leaders can put away all the opinions and arguments for that long. The whole idea of the Olympics is to see nations come together and participate in common interests. I would like to see differences being put away for a little bit and enjoy the games.

    • Masa✿

      I agree completely with Ally because the Olympics is not a suitable place to address public issues, rather it’s to focus on sports and the athletes. I also think that it would be unfair to the athletes if people were to protest on different political issues, it’s disrespectful because they trained and practiced and worked hard for where they are. If people want to protest these issues then they should do it separately and not combine it and do it during the Olympics.

  • Juwan

    The Olympics are a great tool for political dissent theres so much attention at the time how could a country not try and throw their opinions out and promote their politics. Which is awsome advertising. Now some countries may not participante but think about this you have to spend money to make money. People may be at risk but what about the many political disputes that were solved.

  • Samantha_M

    I believe that the Olympics are not the place to discuss politics. it should only, be about the sport and the athletes. This is their time to shine, they don’t need a whole bunch of controversy about politics. Its not fair for the athletes to have people protest different ideas. Whenever people talk about politics, there’s always people who debate both sides that end up in a battle. The Olympics is an event that brings everyone together, There shouldn’t be any debates, or politic issues. So in my opinion the Olympics should only be about the sport and the athlete.
    http://politics.theguardian.com/politicspast/page/0,9067,892902,00.html

  • t’ohno’pain

    I personally think that politics should be left at the door. This is a time for each nation to show there peaceful side and show there pride through the idea of sports. for me personally being a athlete that plans on competing at the next games in South Korea for speed skating I would not want something like politics being in my way in a sporting event. For me its about joining together with the world in a sporting way. that is my thoughts in this subject.

    http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/oreilly/2014/02/17/bill-oreilly-politics-and-olympics

  • Brook Robinson

    I feel like the Olympics have a great understanding on the political dissent. Also, there is so much attention at this time on how a country could not try to throw their opinions out and to promote the politics for the country and the Olympics. The Olympics have great advertising with different political commercials. Some politicians feel as if it is not necessary for the Olympics to have to have commercials that have spent money to make money to break even with the event on how much the country and the Olympics have spent. The politicians have public disputes with commercials that support the Olympics or the ones that don’t support the Olympics but try to make money to help Olympians that are in need. People are definitely at risk with the public disputes that are trying to be solved. http://politics.theguardian.com/politicspast/page/0,9067,892902,00.html

  • Hannah

    Olympics is a day for athletes. Politics should have nothing to do with these sports. There is a time and place for Politics, which are usually the talk about thing everyday anyways so since the Olympics is only every four years, cant we just take a break from politics for a week!? Let the athletes have the spotlight for once. If anything, talk about it after. So, I guess if athletes feel the need to say something, it should be up to them. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/politics-at-the-olympics-out-of-bounds/

    • Melody_M_2

      I agree. I think that we should just lay off on the politics for a week and stop worrying all the politics because the Olympics is only every four years.

  • Trevor D.

    I do not think that using the Olympics for a political stage is appropriate.The Olympics have always been a way for the worlds nations, even in hard times, to come together and enjoy clean, friendly competition. I just don’t think that for example in the 2014 Sochi Olympics it is appropriate for gay rights activists to bring peoples rights and politics into the games and try to use the games as a means to gain publicity.

    http://politics.theguardian.com/politicspast/page/0,9067,892902,00.html

  • Bryan

    I think the Olympics should be completely devoid of any kind of politics. It should be about the sports not the government. Just so long as the players aren’t at any risk.

  • Devon Schildge

    I think that the Olympics should be focused on their purpose of sport. This should be used to unite all countries in competition not bring in politics into it. Even in the Olympic charter, chapter 5, it directly states, “No kind of demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda is permitted in the Olympic areas.” Sports and politics should remain separate.

    http://politics.theguardian.com/politicspast/page/0,9067,892902,00.html

    • MarkL_3BoydBence

      I completely agree with you. The Olympics are not a place for politics. I also appreciate the fact that you backed up your statement with facts. I’ve never known that the charter included anything regarding politics.

  • CJofGrove

    It’s understandable that people try to advertise their views at the Olympics — it’s watched all over the world. What you see there is seen and heard about by almost everyone. However, such is not the premise of the Olympic games. Differences should be set aside in spirit of the sport, to demonstrate the endless possibility of unity as it always has.
    http://politics.theguardian.com/politicspast/page/0,9067,892902,00.html

    • Petty_Period2_BoydBence

      Honestly, This is the best worded post I have seen on this topic, good job!

      I agree with you 100%. The games are a place to show off your opinions were everyone can hear them, but it isn’t a good idea to do so. It’s a time for everyone to come together and be apart of something great.

      The only thing in your post that I disagree with is the part were you say “…unity as it always has.” The Olympics has had problems with people speaking there opinions ever since 1907, when an Irish athlete, Peter O’Conncer, was competing for Great Britain. O’Conner did not want to be seen as an english competitor, so at the games he climbed up the flag pole with an irish fag to show the world were he came from. Things continued to happen like this. Another iconic event to be shared at the olympics was in 1960, when the world seemed to put the past behind them and focused on the games and the games alone. But of corse, every good thing has to have a flaw… This one being, that the political views of China interfered. They wanted to be known as the Peoples Republic of China, but the board wouldn’t allow it. So instead, the Chinese protested, and refused to wear names on their uniforms during the opening ceremony.

      So as you can see, the olympics have problems that are yet to be sorted out when it comes to the topic of Political Views, and frankly I think it always will.

      • CJofGrove

        That’s okay. I’m only doing this because I have to (:

  • Aaron B.

    I don’t think this is the right time or place to be promoting something such as this. The Olympic games should just be about the bringing together of countries through sports, not to promote political views. http://www.adn.com/2014/02/13/3320396/mike-dingman-focus-should-be-on.html

    • CJ_Bute2boydbence

      I agree with you Aaron B. that the Olympic games are met to bring countries together not to discuss political issues. For example, in the interactive timeline it said “Taiwan team enter in the games with no name on their uniforms, because of the international political committee said they must compete in the games under name Chinese Taipei not Republican of China in 1960″ This means that the political issues are getting in the way of fun and exciting games.

  • Austin Redes

    I do not think that politics should be brought up in regards to the Olympics. The Olympics is about the athletes and there dedication and representation of there country. The Olympic Charter states that “No kind of demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda is permitted in the Olympic areas”
    http://politics.theguardian.com/politicspast/page/0,9067,892902,00.html

    • CJ_Bute2boydbence

      I agree with Austin Redes that politics issue should not be brought up in the Olympic games. Cause it destroys the whole point of the Olympic games. For example, in the interactive timeline it said that the “Slavic union got mad because of these political issues so they didn’t compete in the games in 1948″. Lots of these nations are not competing because of these political issues. Which means you are making people mad, because they don’t get to see their nation compete.

  • rocky_seeley

    I think that the Olympics should just be focused on the sporting events. It is only 2 weeks every two years. I think that leaders can put their opinions away and arguments for that long. the point of Olympics is to see nations come together and enjoy in common interests. It can also be unfair to the athletes that trained so hard to make it there. “No kind of demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda is permitted in the Olympic areas.” Sports are separate from political views so it should stay separate.

    http://politics.theguardian.com/politicspast/page/0,9067,892902,00.html

    • CJ_Bute2boydbence

      I agree with you rocky seeley that the Olympics are met for nations to come together an enjoy the games, not argue about political issues. These political issues did not let Germany and Japan compete in Olympic games in 1948. These games are supposed to bring nations together no to separate nations.

  • Mark Smith

    The Olympics has always been a place for countries to set aside differences and come together in the spirit of competition. It is not a place for countries to impose any political views on others. This is not appropriate and should not be tolerated by other countries. abcnews.go.com/Sports/wireStory/olympics-earths-political

  • Oryonah Ross

    In my opinion i don’t think that the Olympics should be a stage for political dissent because the tensions between nations shouldn’t prevent other countries from coming together to create the Olympics. Within this there will be a lot of countries that oppose this, which created a lot of them to not attend the opening ceremony this year.
    http://rt.com/news/olympic-boycott-art-1980-794/

  • Asia_32

    I don’t think that the Olympics should be a stage for politics. We should focus on the athletes and sports. The whole idea of the Olympics is to see nations come together and participate in common interests. I would like to see differences being put away for a little bit and enjoy the games.I think the Olympics should be place for peace, The Olympics were created to bring everyone together for the soul purpose of athletic competition. Olympics should be about the sports bringing countries together not taring them apart over political views.
    http://www.adn.com/2014/02/13/3320396/mike-dingman-focus-should-be-on.html

  • kyle green

    i do not think that politics should involved in the Olympics at all. i think it should be a meeting of countries to have a friendly competition, it should not matter what your country stands for but for everyone to get along and enjoy their sport.
    http://www.newglobalcitizens.org/

  • Zach Johnson

    Personally I don’t think that the Olympics should be used as a stage for political discussions but it has been used for that purpose for many years as shown in the attached article. When a sports event is on this big of a scale other issues will be drawn into it and it’s unavoidable.

    Article: http://politics.theguardian.com/politicspast/page/0,9067,892902,00.html

  • Chewy_5683

    Nick Symmonds speaks out against Russian’s new anti-gay law
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4L7VMV6Fa-8

    TYT Sports conversation on 2014’s Olympic Anti-Gay Rights http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ji9o5ds2xIs

    People in my family are gay, and people in my family are anti-gay I know I can’t change it alone. I believe that being gay is like being White, Black, Mexican; Blonde,
    Brunette, or Ginger; either you have freckles or you don’t. You will always
    have people who believe something about you is wrong. You’re born that way, and
    you can’t change it, you can pretend to be something different, and get plastic
    surgery to change your skin color, like Michael Jackson, or dye your hair, like
    an unknown amount of people. Yeah it makes you appear different but you’re not,
    you will always be who you are from birth and ancestors. You can’t help to be
    black, blonde or gay, you just are. And don’t change it for ANYBODY! The world is
    messed up and always will be, and history is just that too, stop trying to hide
    behind it, it’s useless.

    As for holding protests at the Olympics… any big gathering, there will be a protest for what people believe is right and isn’t being seen. Expect it, you can’t hide from
    the truth, and you can’t hide from being gay, so DON’T try! Be and embrace who
    you are, and that it won’t change.

    Natasha Dixon

  • Ty Sweno

    I don’t believe politics should be involved in the Olympics. Politics should be involved in the politicians and dignitary but not with the athletes. Athletes have enough riding on their shoulders with the events that they are competing in they don’t need to bring politics into the sports. When politics is brought into picture the feuds and conflicts are brought with it too. Like with the law on the gays in Russia http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/obama-selects-gay-athletes-for-sochi-olympic-delegation/ there are many ways that people are reacting to it in many different ways all over the world. With the USA Obama is addressing it by sending the athletes that are openly gay to show that the are just the same as the rest of the athletes.

  • BarrettC-3periodboydbence

    I don’t believe that the Olympics is an event to hear voices about their political opinions. Presently, we are using the Olympics as “a political showcase for nations, individuals, and ideologies”. It is also used for nations to come together to compete in athletic events.

    http://www.cfr.org/culture-and-foreign-policy/politics-olympics/p16366

  • Madysen League

    The Olympics shouldnt be a reason or opportunity for Russia to feel that they need to voice their opinion because their country is holding the Olympics. I think all personal manners should be put out of the way and the countries should only focus on the sports.

  • Sarah T.

    I think that the Olympics is no place to stage political dissent. The Olympics is a time to have a peaceful competition amongst all nations. It is not a time for people to voice their political opinions.

    • JasminR_3BoydBence

      I agree with you. The beginning of politic in the Olympic was in 1906 at Athens. An irish athletic competed for Great Britain he received a golden medal for the triple jump, but he didn’t want to be a english competitor but a ish competitor. He climbed up to the Olympic flag pole and waved a irish flag. “The Olympics is a time to have a peaceful competition” Its should be way now.

  • Alanna

    I think that the Olympics shouldn’t be a stage for political decent. We need to look past our differences and continue the tradition that has been going on for hundreds of years in a kindly manner rather than using it to say what we think and what we believe in.

    • Petty_Period2_BoydBence

      I agree with you in the sense that we need to leave our opinions out of the games, for sure. But in the past, this problem of bringing politics into it has been going on since 1907, when An Irish athlete, Peter O’Conncer, was competing for Great Britain. He won a gold medal in Triple Jump for the country. O’Conner did not want to be seen as an english competitor, so at the games he climbed up the flag pole with an irish fag to show the world were he came from. Thus, the political issues in the games were born. And as stated in this article, people are using the games to state opinions even if it isn’t whats in the best interest of everybody else.

  • ellielynn

    I don’t believe that politics should be involved with the Olympics. The Olympics were created to bring all the nations together and to show all the different nations athletic competition. Politics cause much more of a disturbance to the players and change the whole meaning of what everyone is their for. We all have our differences and the Olympics is a place to escape all of that. While some of the participants in the Olympics may be gay, or even bisexual there is no reason to discriminate against them, or any reason to start controversy over. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/russia-arrests-4-gay-rights-activists-on-opening-day-2014-sochi-winter-olympics-opening-ceremony/ These four people shouldn’t have came to the Olympics to start sharing their views on gay rights. While no one should discriminate against gay participants, they have every right to be any way they want to be.

  • Shane Myers

    I do not think that using the Olympics for a political stage is appropriate.The Olympics have always been a way for the worlds nations, even in hard times, to come together and enjoy clean, friendly competition. I just don’t think that for example in the 2014 Sochi Olympics it is appropriate for gay rights activists to bring peoples rights and politics into the games and try to use the games as a means to gain publicity.

    http://politics.theguardian.co

  • jfk

    no the olimp[ics should not be a stage for political dissent. acording to this article the world olympics were first introduced to bring nations together for a more peaceful world. acording to the following article many countries including the u.s have been politicaly negative torwards sochi. this is harming russias reputation as a good country trying to host the olypics. the olympics is suposed to be an international event were politics isnt invovled. if we invovle politics pretty soon they will add political debates as a sporting event.http://www.workers.org/articles/2014/02/13/imperialist-politics-olympics/

    • madisono-2boydbence

      JFK,
      I agree that political dissent should not be a part of the Olympics. Yes, the olympics were first introduced as a way to bring nations together to form an idea of unity and peace but, ever since 1906, politics have been a part of the Olympics. http://www.cfr.org/culture-and-foreign-policy/politics-olympics/p16366 This link shows you the political issues that have been involved in the games from 1906-2008.
      I liked how you said, ” If we involve politics pretty soon they will add political debates as a sporting event.” The statement, to me, says that, the more and more we put emphasis on the politics that come along with the Olympics, the less attention we give the athletes and the true purpose of the Olympics.

  • dwiltse96

    i think that politics should not be involved in the Olympics since it could lead to unwanted tension between nations that is not need. the whole point of the Olympics is to showcase our top athletes and to have fun watching it. http://america.aljazeera.com/opinions/2013/12/russia-gay-rightslgbtsochiwinterolympics.html

    • Kyle_C_3boydbence

      I agree with that because there shouldn’t be any fighting going on in the Olympics. The Olympics a like a symbol of peace between all the countries when these games are going on. And the reason of the Olympics was not to argue about what politics that are going on at the time but is to bring peaceful comings of all the countries.

    • Lukep_3boydbence

      I agree. Politics should not be involved in the Olympics. There is another time and place for that. The Olympics is not the time nor the place. “The statement was made in direct response to specific international leaders who have chosen not to attend the Olympics in opposition to Russia’s recent ban on so-called “gay propaganda,” which prohibits the distribution of gay rights material.” This is happening before the olympics even started. The Olympics is meant for a time of peace and some friendly sport. Not to be another political talk which happens every day.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=GIpVVbFQGpU.

    • madisono-2boydbence

      I agree that politics should not be involved in the Olympics. What you say about tension between countries is true. Yes, politics can lead countries to have unwanted tension and the sad thing is that has already happened. In the past Olympic Games many countries have boycotted or withdrew from the games because of many political issues and disagreements. This should not happen, we all have our different views and opinions but, we should be able to put that aside and come together as a world to enjoy this grand event that showcases some of the world’s top athletes. After all, it only comes around every 4/2 years so we shouldn’t take it for granted and spend too much attention to the politics that come along with it, there is another time and place for that.
      If you want to learn more about some Olympic Games where politics have played a large role you can look at this timeline I have created.
      http://www.tiki-toki.com/timeline/entry/242839/Politics-and-The-Olympics/

    • ClaireB_period2_BoydBence

      I agree with you dwiltse96 , but its not only
      to showcase our best athletes its also to bring nations closer together. This
      quote really captures why we should leave political issues out of the Olympics,
      “Sport can only contribute to development and peace if it’s not used as a
      stage for political dissent or for trying to score points in … political
      contests.” We should focus on our top athletes and support them from their
      many years of training, not keeping score for a political contest.

    • Luke_A_Period3

      I agree. The Olympics are there to unite nations through the fun of competition and sport. Political Dissents should be left at the door and opinions should be curbed for the 16 days. After that, then we can get back to where we were before the games.

    • ChristineP_4BoydBence

      I agree! The actual Olympics were created to showcase athletes, not politics.

    • Shemar_D_2

      Yes involving politics would just take the fun out of it. Involving politics would just make everyone bitter.

    • trevorosterhout bence boyd

      i agree with you completely that the Olympic are a time for peace and not a time political opinion it should be a time where athletes complete in Olympics games

    • Ryan_R_2

      I disagree. The Olympics is a world wide event, and its a perfect opportunity to make the whole world aware of whats going on. The discussions may form/change new opinions. It has the capability of being about more than one subject.

    • lilliand_3_boydbence

      I agree that that we don’t need politics in the olympics.

    • DevonD_2boydbence

      dwiltse96 I agree with you we dont need to make any more tension between the different countries than there already is. Besides the Olympics is for fun and games not arguing and fighting. I agree the whole point of the olympics is to show off all our great athletes and while were at it maybe try and win a metal or 2 , Olympics is not about our political differences .

    • MarcusO_Per4_BoydBence

      I agree the politics shouldn’t be involved with the Olympics the focus should be on the athletes and the sports, politics shouldn’t be in the spotlight.

    • Maeve_K_Period2

      I agree that politics should not be involved in the Olympics. Nations should put aside their differences for 16 days and compete for the gold!

  • Josh Knight

    I don’t believe that politics should be involved with the Olympics. The Olympics is a competition between the countries and brings athletes from everywhere. We don’t need politicians stepping into the Olympics to mess that up too, they can barley run our government.

  • Josh

    As seen in the cvs article http://www.cbsnews.com/news/politics-at-the-olympics-out-of-bounds/ the Sochi olympics have been a rough one on the bringing of political baggage along for the ride. The olympics should be a place to have some good competitive fun but in the end thats all it should be. We don’t need to bring the politics in to it and make the waters muddy. They should be a way to put our differences aside and come together as a world.

  • Corina Salinas

    If taking politics out of the Olympics is the goal, then let athletes compete as individuals within their discipline, not as representatives of Geo-political divisions. In reality the next step is athletes representing Corporate Sponsors, not nations. But i believe that shouldn’t happen, because ultimately the Olympics is a venue to bring nations and countries together for the innocent competition of athletic games. Plus these athletes have been training their WHOLE lives for these games.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/04/thomas-bach-sochi-olympics_n_4725197.html

  • Matt Cleland

    The olympics should not be used for politics the games should be for entertaining and for people to have fun and not to fight over politics. Obama and other leaders are shunning the olympics.

    • MaryBethD_3BoydBence

      Matt, I agree with you that the Olympics should not be a place for political issues. It should be a place to compete and have fun! The athlete’s “element” is where their personal passions and aptitudes come together which in this case is sports. They should be able to compete and not have to worry about politics!

    • AshmeetS_3BoydBence

      Yes…that is totally agree thank you…for bringing that up in the discussion it’s’ to recognize the top athletes in this world that have worked hard in that particular sport.

    • madisono-2boydbence

      Matt,
      I agree that the Olympics is not the place for politics. These athletes have worked for a long time to get to where they are and that takes a lot of effort and passion. We should let them showcase their talents without the burdens of political views weighing them down.
      Yes, the Olympics are great source of entertainment but, that is not the main reason for them. The Olympic Games were held to be a way of bringing nations together and to form an idea of unity and peace. By bringing politics in to this, it defies the whole purpose in the first place.
      This link is to the Huffington Post, the article is about the original meaning of the Olympic Games.
      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alex-pattakos/original-meaning-of-the-o_b_118491.html

    • CarlosR_3BoydBence

      In the article you have there, its a bit silly to say that Obama is “shunning” the Olympics. He didn’t shun it because there are still Americans competing in it. Shun means to avoid something and we did the exact opposite by playing 3 homosexual athletes! I would check the reliability of that article. This article here explains how the US played homosexual players and about one specific gold medal winning openly homosexual competitor who sent a strong message to Russia. http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/olympics/sochi/2014/02/07/winter-games-putin-obama-boitano-gay-propaganda/5275387/

    • Shelbie Hilton

      Shunning the olympics? Whats you verdict on that?

    • SpencerH_4

      I think your right but also wrong! the olympics is a perfect platform to discusses and bring the attention to some political problems to everyone because everyone is watching! But yes they do need to keep there focus on the games and not political stuff. And if there are problems that start to come up during a talk about political stuff then they need to stop talking about it and go back to the games!

    • Riley_R_1BoydBence

      I agree with you. The Olympics shouldn’t involve political matters because that takes away from the action that is happening already. They trained all of their lives for the Olympics. That shouldn’t be taken away from them.

    • Tclark-2boydbence

      Matt,
      I agree with you , The olympics are a celebration of countries across the world and the athletes they produce. While they do offer a huge platform to discuss political matters, that is not their purpose and I don’t feel they are the right place to do it. We should take the focus off of politics and and back on the athletes.

    • ClaireG_4boydbence

      I agree with you. The games should be an enjoyable sporting event that praises the efforts and dedication of the participating athletes. The Olympics is not a political platform, it is a international sporting event. You mentioned how Obama and other leaders are “shunning the olympics” and you are correct. However, I think “shunning” the games is not the appropriate way to handle the situation. Any political leaders that do not support what is currently happening in Russia should make it very clear to their nation’s citizens regarding their beliefs but that they will still be attending the games to support the athletes representing our nation. Just as it is not fair to take the attention away from the athletes to focus on political debates, it is not fair for the leaders of the nations to not go and support them because of the political issues taking place. I applaud President Obama for sending three openly gay championship athletes to support our Olympic athletes, but I wish he would have attended as well!

    • Ryan_R_2

      I disagree with you, Matt. The olympics is a world wide event and has millions of viewers. It is a perfect opportunity to form new opinions, and discuss peacefully. It can be about both, and we can somehow make it enjoyable to watch.

    • Nicholas_M_Period1

      I disagree with you, in 1968 this famous gesture was mad in support of black rights, there was no fighting, no arguing, no debating only a single incredibly strong and powerful movement. This moved many hearts and minds and I believe we need more things like this within the games.

    • ErinB_2boydbence

      I agree with you. The athletes that participate in the Olympics put all their time and effort into the games. We need to focus on them, and not on the other countries political issues. It would be selfish of us to focus more on the issues of other countries, then the athletes.

    • MaxP_3boyd_bence

      I disagree with your reasoning. Obama has no control over the press. The first amendment states that. Plus Obama is not shunning the Olympics; he is confirming that it is safe to proceed into the Olympics or to withdraw. How ever I agree with you statement. The Olympics are not for political dissent, the Olympics are for athletes representing their country and getting to the top of the podium. Politics have caused conflict which lead to tragedies. In the 1972 the games where hosted in Munich, Germany. It is here where a Palestinian terrorist killed 2 Jewish athletes and later the rest of the 9 hostages. Politics influenced him to target those athletes. And we still bring politics into the Olympics knowing that this happened because of conflict. And that is why I think political dissent is not for the Olympics.

      The link below shows political events in recent Olympics;

      http://www.cfr.org/culture-and-foreign-policy/politics-olympics/p16366

    • NWeix-1stboydbence

      Considering that the Olympics brought peace in ancient times for the sake of sportsmanship, it’s a disgrace that they’re being used for political debates and insults now. Olympics are for games to entertain people, not to discuss politics.

  • Jeremy Hiatt

    I believe the politics should be left outside of the Olympics, and it should be focus more on the athletes. The games are about the various sports and competing against the best in the world, with a little bit of national competition (who can win the most medals). Both the host and visiting countries need to keep each of their political ideas out of the Olympic stage because all it does is harm the athletes who just want to have some fun competing against others at their ability level.

    Many times in history political decisions have caused countries to boycott the Olympics, a majority of the time it was due to differing viewpoints with other countries who competed in the Olympics. This really didn’t affect the Olympics as a whole, but it did however deny the athletes in the boycotting countries a chance to compete on a global stage. Some of these events are listed in this article: http://politics.theguardian.com/politicspast/page/0,9067,892902,00.html

    • SydneyA_Per4_BoydBence

      I agree with you. Politics should stay out of the Olympics. It’s a friendly competition between countries from all over the world. The athletes worked hard to be there. They just want to have fun and compete.

    • emily_p_2shuttle

      Jeremy,
      I completely agree with you. What is bringing political issues into the Olympics going to do for people? I feel like it could ruin the Olympics. I thought that this, “Sport can only contribute to development and peace if it’s not used as a stage for political dissent or for trying to score points in … political contests” was a really good quote. The Olympics were not made for political contest, it was made for nations to come together to have peace from sports.

    • Jacob_W_Period3

      I agree with you. Politics get hold of many things that are supposed to be a friendly event. In 1972 the Munich games were overshadowed because of Palestinian terrorists taking 7 Israelis and killing 2. They chose to do it then because the olympics are on a global scale and everyone is watching. The olympics should be peaceful and politics should stay out of the games entirely.

    • BarrettC-3periodboydbence

      I agree Jeremy, Why would we want to watch the Olympics if there were politics in there? I mean who would watch that? I mean unless if it’s to see which president you want to vote for, I think that nobody would pay attention. They only watch to see the athletic commutation between nations.

      http://politics.theguardian.co

    • JoelR_Per 3_BoydBence

      Jeremy I agree with you. In the 1938 Olympic Games Adolf Hitler used the event as a platform to prove his theory of racial superiority. His attempt failed when African-American Jesse Owens won first followed by Luz Long who represented Germany. Adolf Hitler was mad because he wanted to show superiority among others and he failed in this competition, but even though Adolf Hitler had this attitude Luz publicly befriended Jesse. This shows how peace was achieved even though Adolf had his beliefs.

    • LawsonZ_3BoydBence

      You make a good point but I feel that even if we keep the politicians out they athletes bring their own politics to the event. There is nothing we can do to stop this because the athletes the people we come to see bring the politicks more then most of the politicians.

    • AshmeetS_3BoydBence

      I agree with you, because there should not be any politics during the Olympics it might be fine, if it’s just an individual sport. I thought that this, “Sport can only contribute to development and peace if it’s not used as a stage for political dissent or for trying to score points in … political contests” was a really good quote.

    • Tayla_k_4BoydBence

      I agree, the Olympics are meant to bring us closer together as nations. But not to split us apart or cause protest because of politics. Theses are supposed to be peaceful, friendly, but competitive games.

    • ClaireB_period2_BoydBence

      I agree with you Jeremy. The Olympics are for
      athlete to compete at a national scale and when there are political issues some
      nations do not attend, witch means not all the athletes are there to compete.
      This quote really brings the message of why we should not have political issue
      involved in the Olympic games, “Have the courage to address your disagreements
      in a peaceful direct political dialogue and not on the backs of the athletes.”

    • Riley_R_1BoydBence

      I agree with you. I don’t think that politics should be brought into the Olympics because the Olympics should only be about Countries competing against each other in different sports. Their shouldn’t be any violence, terrorist attacks, or any other political issue.

    • PeytonP_4BoydBence

      I agree 100%. The Olympics should just focus on the athletes that compete within it. This is the time where the best of the best can come a find out who is the overall champion in the world. When politics get put into the equation it changed everything the Olympics stands for.

    • KaraP_Per2_BoydBence

      I agree with you. The Olympics is no place for politics and it can definitely effect the athletes if they are brought to the games. The time during the Olympics is a time for coming together in peace for enjoyable competition. “The 1976 Games in Montreal, Canada were boycotted by 20 countries” ( found on http://sites.tufts.edu/reinventingpeace/2012/08/01/virtue-and-violence-the-olympics-and-political-conflict/ ) Boycotting the Olympics only distracts from the athletes, it doesn’t solve the problem at hand. We need to keep politics separate from the Olympics.

    • AlexW_2boydbence

      I agree, politics have no place in the Olympics. It’s a thing that should be at global summits or any other global political events. The athletes should have all the attention. They deserve it, they have worked so hard to get here.

    • TrinityS_Per3_BoydBence

      I couldn’t agree more with you. Everything with both of your paragraphs is exactly what I would’ve said. I also understand the boycotts and the tolls they took on the games. There was also war and “violations” that prevented athletes from competing. The athletes are not a part of that problem, and should get an equal chance to compete, just like every other country. On an attached google document, I have a summary from a timeline of political events that has happened throughout the history of the games, also attached. One of the biggest events that hindered everyone competing in the Olympics ASIDE from World War I and II, was in 1980 in Moscow when The Soviet Union attacked Afghanistan and many countries pulled out of the games in protest. This shouldn’t have to happen, and the games should just be a place of competition of sports.
      Document: https://docs.google.com/a/newtech.coppellisd.com/document/d/1sXFB6XjKzZJVsdC2RgcEPsk9rVXSGps5x-ydn8WE2qg/edit
      Timeline: http://www.cfr.org/culture-and-foreign-policy/politics-olympics/p16366

    • Shemar_D_2

      Yes I agree with you, the Olympics is not a political competition it is a friendly physical competition.

    • Ryan_R_2

      I disagree with you Jeremy. I think the Olympics should be about both. It is a world wide event, and it will bring awareness to the citizens of the whole world. It may even change some peoples minds about the way they see things.

    • taylor_w_2nd

      I agree completely, Jeremy. I also believe that the Olympics should represent togetherness and be a place of peace to forget all our political problems to focus on a bit of friendly competition. History has show & proved to us that it doesn’t work any other way. Like you mentioned, boycotting has been a result of nations disagreeing with each other and when this happens it affects the whole Olympic games with the gap of that nation, along with its athletes.

    • DevonD_2boydbence

      Jeremy I agree with you that the olympics is for the various countries to come together to have fun competing for the higher title not talking about the disagreements between one another. The Winter and Summer Olympics only happen every 4 years why do we have to bring in conflicts that we have with one another? Why cant we all just have fun?

    • ErinB_2boydbence

      I agree! The Olympics are meant for us to come together, not discuss or bring up political issues. We need to focus on the athletes and games and have fun!

    • MarcusO_Per4_BoydBence

      I couldn’t agree with you more Jeremy, the Olympics should focus on the athletes and the effort they all go through. Not the political standpoint of a nation.

    • JasminR_3BoydBence

      I agree with we should just focus more on the athlete like you said. The games were meant to bring more peace to the world with competition. The political has cause boycotts like in 1980 at the summer game in Moscow. More than 60 country nations boycott to protest the invasion of Afghanistan.

    • NWeix-1stboydbence

      I fully agree with you in this regard, people should but differences aside to allow others to participate in the Olympics, as boycotting is not only un-sportsmanly, but it forbids the members who want to be in it from doing so.

  • daniel j. eberhart

    I believe that the Olympics should not be a stage for politics. Nations should drop there political differences at the door, the focus should be on the athletics. The “International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach opened the group’s 126th Session by declaring in a speech that the Olympics should not be a stage for global political battles.” Thomas Bach stated that we should carry politics “on the back of athletes.”
    the Olympics should not be a place to focus on the political differences nations.

    http://olympictalk.nbcsports.com/2014/02/04/ioc-president-bach-olympics-not-a-political-stage-to-score-points/

    http://blogs.kqed.org/education/2014/02/14/olympics-political-dissent/

  • ChristineP_4BoydBence

    The Olympics shouldn’t be about politics. We are coming together not competing to win arguments. As seen in this article, http://www.cbsnews.com/news/po…the Sochi Olympics have been a crazy one on the with all of the political opinions along. The Olympics should be a place to just compete and bring all of the nations together, not solve political issues.

  • andrewbeyer

    i think that Russia is handling the Olympic games very well. also id say the it there country let them keep there laws and not complain about them , there just keeping kids away from the gay agenda

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/janet-mason/my-russian-dream-time-for_b_4795983.html

    • LillyC_Per3_BoydBence

      I would disagree with you I don’t think that what Vadimir putin has done is right or okay at all.Also there is no gay agenda they’re not scheming an evil plan to take over the the children of the world.What about in the 60’s when people thought the “colored” people were too different and we later saw that were all different but they are just as equal as we are.Why can’t the people of russia or anywhere just treat them as equals.This is why I think politics should be left out of the Olympics because to many people don’t know the difference between what is right and what is wrong.This article I read said ” The most glaring example of this was at the 1936 Games in Berlin, Germany. Adolf Hitler, dictator of Nazi Germany, tried to make the Games a Nazi propaganda show. He believed Germans belonged to a “master race” and that German athletes were superior to all others, especially blacks and Jews. But to Hitler’s embarrassment, a group of African American track-and-field athletes won eight gold, three silver, and two bronze medals.” http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/athens_games/politics.htm
      This is a perfect example of how people are people and they train just as much as any other why is it such a big deal that the gay community can’t compete in a world wide game with such diversity.

  • Derek Bice

    Politics should definitely not be included into the Olympics because they aren’t the main focus of the games. All they do is take away the attention of people towards the athletes who have been working hard all their lives. All the times that they have been involved they have brought nothing but trouble. http://uspolitics.about.com/od/politicaljunkies/a/olympics.htm

    • Kyle_C_3boydbence

      Exactly they would not even BE THE OLYMPICS because everyone would be arguing about everything. This is supposed to be a peaceful like reunion with all the countries to have a nice little get together. Also if there was a war happening when the Olympics are going on its supposed to be a break from all the blood shed and all he fighting of the countries.

    • SydneyA_Per4_BoydBence

      I agree with you. Politics would just take away the attention from the athletes who worked very hard to get to the Olympics. People watch the olympics to root on their favorites or their country. If they brought politics into the Olympics at this day and age, it would defintitley cause trouble like every time it was involved.

    • CarlosR_3BoydBence

      Even in the time right before Hitler became the leader of Germany (1936 Olympic Games according to your article) people were able to set aside political differences and come together in sport to compete. Even though Hitelr only allowed Aryan athletes to compete The U.S. rejected the boy cot and

    • Jacob_W_Period3

      In 1972 the disagreements of Israel and the surrounding nations ended in the olympic hostage crisis. This happened because the games were on a global scale. The games are not meant for politics to take over the event. The hostage crisis overshadowed the games and no one remembers more then that. I agree that politics are not what the olympics were meant to see. They were meant to see countries coming together in friendly competition.

    • Claire S 2

      No, this is not true. They have not brought trouble every single time, and in fact, most of the time, the only reason we had trouble was because other people decided to take action that only caused more strife than the protest in the first place. And if you get distracted by something like that, how into the games even are you?

    • SpencerH_4

      I disagree, but then i also agree yea of course there not all just about politics and stuff and its about the games. But it doesn’t hurt to bring political problems like little snips of problems. Its not bad to have then talk about political stuff but i agree that everything doesn’t need to be just about the problems and they do still need to have their main focus on the games!

    • BellaP_3boydbence

      I agree with what you are saying these athletes have worked so hard to get where they are today and it would be a shame for them not to get the attention and devotion they deserve. I think that trying to make a change in the world isn’t a bad thing but once it interfears with these particular games it can be kind of disappointing.

    • Riley_R_1BoydBence

      I agree with you. The Olympics shouldn’t involve political matters because the Olympics is about countries competing against each other at high stakes. They train all their lives, so that shouldn’t be taken away just so political matters can take over part of the Olympics.

    • PeytonP_4BoydBence

      i agree with what you have said. These Olympic games should praise the athletes who have dedicated their entire lives to these various sports. The Olympic Games have been going on for many years and it is a time where the entire world can watch a good/fair competition between countries.

    • JoelR_Per 3_BoydBence

      Derek I agree with you that politics take away the main focus of the game. It can also bring violence. In the 1972 olympic games terrorist came and attacked athletes and in the end, 17 people died during the Black September attack: six Israeli coaches, five Israeli athletes, five of the eight terrorists and one West German policeman. This took away the main focus of the game and journalists were writing about this tragedy all over the place. At least for me if someone died in the olympics on that day watching other people compete wouldn’t make me happy.

    • CallieH_2BoydBence

      Ooh, excellent point! I didn’t even think about the athletes! Excellent. They have been working to this for so long, it isn’t fair to them. As I said, politics add tension and take out all the fun, and in addition it takes away the fun of your own passion. Very well said, Derek.

    • ClaireG_4boydbence

      I agree with you. The games are not meant to be a political platform. The games are not intended for nations to argue and debate, they are intended to bring all participating nations together and enjoy a fun sporting event.

    • Luke_A_Period3

      You are correct, ever since 1906 until now, when people bring politics to the games it causes a big ruckus in the media. For example, one of the more recent problems happened in the 2008 Olympics when people protested the Chinese being allowed to host the games because they claimed it legitimizes their repressive regime. This interesting timeline is where I got that information, it is worth the watch. http://www.cfr.org/culture-and-foreign-policy/politics-olympics/p16366

    • KaraP_Per2_BoydBence

      I agree with you. Politics are very distracting from the Olympics. I also think politics have the potential to cause even more controversy and sometimes even violence. “”The 1976 Games in Montreal, Canada were boycotted by 20 countries” “60 countries boycotted the 1980 Summer Games in Moscow because of the Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan” ( found on http://sites.tufts.edu/reinventingpeace/2012/08/01/virtue-and-violence-the-olympics-and-political-conflict/ ) Without the Olympics there would have been no boycotting even though they disagreed with what was going on. The solution is to separate politics from the Olympics so that we can come together in peace for friendly competition.

    • Tateeana Ibarra

      @KQEDEspace
      I agree with you. The Olympics are meant for the athletes NOT about their personal lives. Who cares about their personal lives.
      #DoNowOlympics
      #davisss

    • TrinityS_Per3_BoydBence

      I agree that politics shouldn’t involve itself with the Olympics, and that it should be about the athletes more than the congressmen, but I don’t think that every time politics was involved that it caused a major melt down. I just think that if people want to argue about civil rights, they can wait until they’re in a court room instead of interfering with the athletes and the competition. There have been cases though, when politics have stopped the games from happening. During World War I and World War II, all Olympic plans came to a halt. That’ more understandable than some other circumstances, but with something that costs as much money as this, and with the entire world involved, we should try to keep out of the way of the participants as much as possible.

    • ESigler-2boydbence

      Derek, I definitely agree. Athletes who have been practicing nearly their entire life, should be able to show off their talents to the world. It doesn’t matter what they look like, how old they are, or whether they like girls or boys.
      For an example, I know that Russia is trying to pass a law that no one can compete over the age of 30 because one of their Ice skaters, I believe it was, could not compete because he has had many surgery’s on his back, and he hurt him self warming up to go on.
      All people should be able to prove their talent, but not for the reasons of political competition.

    • alexm_3boydbence

      Derek, I have to completely agree with you. The olympics is not to promote politics, its definetely about the athletes. We should not take the attention away from them because, you are right they do train for months just to get ready for the competition. We should not be focused on politics but put our eyes on the athletes.

    • MichelleS_3_boydbence

      I completely agree with you. The Olympics were meant to bring together nations and bring peace. Politics should not get involved or be discussed. The focus should be on the athletes because they have trained such a long time to compete.

    • Nicholas_M_Period1

      I disagree with you, I believe politics should be included Olympics because we can’t just ignore human rights violation such as denying LGBT’s basic rights. This is happening right now in Russia and around the world and we need to change it. The Olympics is a perfect world wide stage to bring up these issues and usher in change.

    • DevonD_2boydbence

      Derek Bice I completely agree with you that the olympics are where the all the countries come together to see who is the better athlete in their certain category ( ice skating, Skiing, snowboarding etc.). If there were to be politics mixed in it would take away the attention of the people towards the athletes. This is a time where we can come together and just have a friendly competition , not where we come to argue about once differences.

    • Guest

      I agree with you, we can’t avoid politics whether we like it or not. It takes attention away from the athletes, which is the main purpose of the Olympics .To represent our countries and rise to the top of the podium. Politics is the Olympics’ middle name that is what I have come to learn it as. We need to stop politics, because politics lead to feuds. And that is why we should limit or get rid of political dissent.

    • MaxP_3boyd_bence

      I agree with you, we can’t avoid politics whether we like it or not. It takes attention away from the athletes, which is the main purpose of the Olympics .To represent our countries and rise to the top of the podium. Politics is the Olympics’ middle name that is what I have come to learn it as. We need to stop politics, because politics lead to feuds. And that is why we should limit or get rid of political dissent.

      This link shows political dissent in recent Olympics;
      http://www.cfr.org/culture-and-foreign-policy/politics-olympics/p16366

    • ErinB_2boydbence

      I completely agree with you! The Olympics aren’t even supposed to be about politics, so why even bring them up? We just need to focus on the games and athletes themselves.

    • MarcusO_Per4_BoydBence

      I agree with you entirely, the Olympics were made for simple competition between counties and their athletes take that main focus away and it’s not the olympics anymore.

    • Brent_L_Per1

      I agree but I think it’s important to not forget that Russia needs to change the way they treat LGBT people. For the sake of the games we can leave them out but Russia needs to change it’s archaic ways.

    • DorianM_3boydbence

      I agree with you Derek the Olympics were made for Entertainment not fighting over on what we believe i could care less what thinks well im watching the olympics.

    • Maeve_K_Period2

      Derek, I agree in general with your statement. However, I think that if one nation and another completely disagree on something, it seems appropriate to not associate with them during the Olympics. A good example is Barack Obama making a stand against gay persecution by not traveling to Sochi this February. In the end, I do think that athletes should be the main focus. That’s what the games are about!

    • JacobG_2_BoydBence

      I agree, they are not the main focus, political issues should be discarded from the games.

  • Caelen S

    The Olympic games are political it doesn’t matter how much pandering about the “true spirit of the Olympics” they have political and social impacts no matter how you spin it. What is the point of denying that it is about global politics? The Olympics are a gigantic pissing contest between countries. During the games we don’t feel comrodery tword other country’s athletes it is a chance to show our countries strength. Politics has been a major part of plenty of the games; 1936, 1948, 1952, 1956, 1960, 1964. all of those Olympic games have been highly political. politics is just part of the Olympics and we have to except it.

    here is a list of the most political Olympic games and reasoning for their controversy. the list is quite extensive and stretches from 1943 to 2008.
    http://politics.theguardian.com/politicspast/page/0,9067,892902,00.html

    • LillyC_Per3_BoydBence

      I respect and agree with your statement that In the past there have been many games with political conflict but to me that doesn’t necessarily mean that It SHOULD involve it .Maybe we could some how find a way to forget about the politics,but also the Olympics have gone on for a long time since BC and there has still been games with out major politic conflict. I also found this article that talks about a few games with horrible political conflict that shows that its not something that we should just say well we can’t really do anything its “always going to have political issues”.

  • NateDawg

    The Olympics are definitely not a place for political issues and conflicts. To make the Olympics a platform for politics is to make the athletes political representatives. This is obviously completely off, and is an abuse of the spirit of the Olympics. It is even expressed in Chapter five of the Olympic charter that “no kind of demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda is permitted in the Olympic areas”. That being said, every single year that the Olympics have been held there has been some form of political influence or impact. This is shown at “http://politics.theguardian.com/politicspast/page/0,9067,892902,00.html”. For example, this year homosexuality has been a huge form of controversy in Russia, as Russia has recently banned pro-gay propaganda. Also, this year Obama has decided to send three openly gay athletes. This is obviously a signal to Russia about its treatment of homosexual people, as shown at “http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/obama-selects-gay-athletes-for-sochi-olympic-delegation/”. Not cool. What happened to the original idea and reason behind the creation of the Olympics back in 776 BC in Olympia, Greece, which was to unite the world peacefully?

    • LillyC_Per3_BoydBence

      I absolutely agree with you and your example is perfect I think It’s a great way to fight back without really bringing any conflict or politics in the Olympics.Also that is very true back then I was made to unite us.

    • JasminR_3BoydBence

      NateDawg –
      I totally agree with you. When you say “the creation of the Olympics back in 776 BC in Olympia, Greece, which was to unite the world peacefully,”. The games were suppose to resolve issue not make more. Its beautiful to see country coming together we shouldn’t try to ruin it by bring up politic issues.

  • Annabelle

    “it’s our last chance to try to change this situation, to change attitudes of Russian society, to show people that we are not marginal sodomites,” Yablotskiy says. “We are normal people who have their normal lives, who can do sports and win medals.” from the npr radio segment. i believe that certain things should be brought to the attention of the viewers. Other things should not. this article below states that obstacles remain both globally and domestically.

    http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2013/12/30/the-year-in-gay-rightsamajorvictoryformarriageequality.html

    this means that people are trying to fight it, so the more we advertise about the subjects, especially big ones like this (where players could actually be gay, bi or lesbian) the more we can get people on sides.

  • Ashton Walker

    There is no reason for any form of politics to be in any sport at all, including the Olympics. Why bring political issues to an event that has athletes from all around the world, half of which probably could care less about the politics. They’re competing and nothing else, they’re representing their country and everything that their country stands for. Politics have no reason being in any sport what so ever.

    http://news.yahoo.com/olympics-earth-39-most-political-apolitical-event-124426977–spt.html

    • Petty_Period2_BoydBence

      Did you know that this isn’t the first time something like this happened during the olympic games? 1907 got the ball rolling, when an Irish athlete, Peter O’Conncer, was competing for Great Britain. O’Conner did not want to be seen as an english competitor, so at the games he climbed up the flag pole with an irish fag to show the world were he came from. Thus, the political issues in the games were born. This type of behavior continued through the course of the olympics and another iconic event in the games happened in 1920. This was the first games after WW1 and everyone was very excited to get it started. The countries who were competing, decided it was best not to invite the countries who were part of the Soviet Union, so that year those countries weren’t there to compete. More politics were put into play during olympics, even today.

      I agree with you, Politics have no business being in the olympics. But at the same time, history tells us that this trend isn’t stopping anytime soon.

  • Kenny Moran

    As seen in the cvs article http://www.cbsnews.com/news/politics-at-the-olympics-out-of-bounds/ the Sochi olympics have been a rough one on the bringing of political baggage along for the ride. The olympics should be a place to have some good competitive fun but in the end thats all it should be. We don’t need to bring the politics in to it and make the waters muddy. They should be a way to put our differences aside and come together as a world.

    • emily_p_2shuttle

      Kenny,
      I agree “the Olympics have often been used as a platform to promote political ideologies.” This was not the reason the Olympics were made. They were made for competition in sports, not for nations to bring their political issues into.

  • Trey Sullivan

    I think that politics should be left out of the Olympics. The focus should be on the events and the teams, not the politicians and their policies/opinions.

    • swannigan Christian

      I completely agree with you#davisss

  • Kenny Moran

    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/politics-at-the-olympics-out-of-bounds/

    Olympics is a day for athletes. Politics should have nothing to do with these sports. There is a time and place for Politics, which are usually the talk about thing everyday anyways so since the Olympics is only every four years, cant we just take a break from politics for a week!? Let the athletes have the spotlight for once. If anything, talk about it after. So, I guess if athletes feel the need to say something, it should be up to them.

    • ChristineP_4BoydBence

      I totally agree! In the past people have used the Olympics for politics, but it was originally created for the whole world to come together. http://www.cfr.org/culture-and-foreign-policy/politics-olympics/p16366

    • SydneyA_Per4_BoydBence

      I agree. Politics have NOTHING to do with the Olympics. The athletes deserve the spotlight. In 1920 when the summer Olympics were help in Antwerp. This was were the first couple appearances of the 5 rings intwining with each other representing that all 5 continents can come together and compete.

  • MaryBethD_3BoydBence

    “The true spirit of the games, those who oversee them say, brings humanity together to promote amity and athletic excellence. It is most certainly not a place for the affairs of nations and vested interests to play out on a global stage.”

    I agree with this statement completely because people are so diverse in this world and The Olympic Games are competition for athletic people (a category of diverse people coming together to compete). Political issues don’t have anything to do with sports. People don’t watch the Olympics to get informed with political issues, that’s what the news is for!

    In 1906, the Olympic Games were held in Athens. An Irish athlete Peter Oconer was competing for Great Brittan won a gold medal in the triple jump and didn’t want to be seen as an english competitor so he climbed the Olympics flagpole and waved the British flag in the air. This was the beginning of politics in the Olympics.

    In 1916 the Olympics were scheduled for Berlin but it all got cancelled because of WW1.

    In 1928 the games were held in Amsterdam and this was the first time that women could compete in track and field events. The Olympic flame was lit for the first time.

    These are some examples of the political issues in the Olympics. Olympics is not about politics. It’s about the sport, fair play and humanity. This website talks about more in depth examples of the politics that have to do with the Olympics and even politics that go on without being held at the Olympics. Some leaders decide not to go to the Olympics for many reasons. For example, Obama didn’t attend the olympics this year although we aren’t sure why.
    http://www.toledoblade.com/Olympics/2014/02/15/Olympics-insist-they-re-not-about-politics-but-it-s-part-of-their-fundamental-identity.html

  • GianS_Per2_BoydBence

    I agree that we should not bring politics into the Olympics. As the article states, the Olympics is a joyous event where the sole purpose is to bring harmony and peace to all nations around the world. It is the only time where we can come together as one and put our differences aside. Our differences come between us all every day and the Olympics helps us to look past those differences for a moment and just enjoy the excitement of the games.

  • Alec Viera

    I definitely believe the Olympics should exist as an event not for sparking political tension and debate but for establishing camaraderie, respect, and international unity. Leaving “hot” issues at the door when competing is a must to create a solid connection with others. #Stepp3

  • Petty_Period2_BoydBence

    1907, the year that the Olympic Games were held in Athens, Greece. The Year that this whole argument began, the year that Political Arguments in the games, became a big deal. An Irish athlete, Peter O’Conncer, was competing for Great Britain, winning a gold medal in Triple Jump. O’Conner did not want to be seen as an english competitor, so at the games he climbed up the flag pole with an irish fag to show the world were he came from. Thus, the political issues in the games were born.

    I can’t speak for anybody else, but to me the Olympic Games should not be used as a place to express political views. The Olympic’s are a time for people to put aside their petty differances and come together to compete in some friendly games. A time in witch cultural disagreements are forgotten about and everyone gets along. It’s a time to show us that peace among the countries truly is possible.
    The political outbreaks at the games seem to be almost hostile. At times, some countries opinions could be so strong and overpowering that it got distracting from the games themselves.
    In the story I gave earlier on in this post, it talked about how a specific athlete wanted to draw attention to a certain thing. That would a perfect example of this. He wanted to drag the attention of the world to one specific country, and it did exactly that.

    So in conclusion, the Olympics are a time for us to come together with other countries to compete in some friendly games. Not a time to talk out your political issues.

  • CJ_Bute2boydbence

    I believe the Olympic games are meant to bring nations and amazing athletic people together. This national game is a friendly competition, don’t destroy it by bringing in political issues. As Olivia said”They were originally made for peace, not disagree about government ideas and choices.” The games aren’t meant to discuss and argue about political issues. You know there’s saying that goes with this “There is a time and place for everything”, but there is no place for political issue in these games. If you bring political issues into these games, then you are destroying the peace. Plus do you really want to brother people with issues during the fanatic Olympic games.. Like Thomas Bach mentioned “Sports can only contribute to development and peace if it’s not used as a stage for political dissent or for trying to score points in … political contests. Have the courage to address your disagreements in a peaceful direct political dialogue and not on the backs of the athletes.” So, overall the Olympics are meant to have fun and play some sports. Not have arguments over political issues.

    • Zack Hannah

      @KQEDEspace I agree because these nations are brought together for peace and to come together to show that the world may have peace all together. But the fact that they are trying to change a country is just going to anger Russia. #DoNowOlympics #davisss

      • Jae Hun

        I agree with you, Olympic is like the showcase for the athletes who has trained for their entire life. I believe that peace is most important thing and make sure everyone will be safe.

    • MikeM_3boydbence

      I agree with this The whole point of the olympics is to bring amazing athletes. They should not bring any conflicts with any other countries just let the players and all of the athletes show what they are good for.

  • Tateeana Ibarra

    @KQEDEdspace
    I do not think that the Olympics should be used as a stage for Political Dissent.
    People had worked so hard to get to the Olympics and now that they are there the news and the world are focusing on their personal lives rather then focus on their talents of how they got there.
    #davisss

    • Kyle_C_3boydbence

      Yes I agree with because if we had the Olympics a political place then it would be just another political battle field and it wouldn’t be enjoyable like it is right now. Also it would not really be focused about the top athletes competing against each other so it really would not even be the Olympics. This would be come a politic battle ground like I said before.

  • Kyle_C_3boydbence

    I don’t think there should be anything about politics in the Olympics because it is suppose to be about bringing all the nations coming together to have fun and compete against each other. Also the Olympics are suppose to be a peaceful gathering of all the nations and to set aside war and all of their differences. Like in this link http://www.cfr.org/culture-and-foreign-policy/politics-olympics/p16366 in the 1948 Germany and Japan were not invited which I think you shouldn’t just pull them out just because everyone was fighting each other. Also in this link in 1956 they said that Germany was split into 2 countries and they came together as one country to compete. Also in 1956 Olympics in water polo there was a fight between Hungary and Germany during the game and that is just another reason not to bring politics to the Olympics because star athletes can get hurt.

  • David_N_2

    Asking if the Olympics should be a platform for political ideologies is like asking if a Christmas family reunion should be a time to catch up on current conflicts. Everyone should agree on one thing: The Olympics is a time of competition of enjoyment and entertainment and not political conflicts. In 2008, the Olympics were held in China. People believed that if China was to host the Olympics, then it would support their political system. That arose protest and hatred among many people from many nations. That is one this that is not needed for such a spectacular event. The Olympics, as I have stated, is a time to gather as a world to enjoy ourselves in enjoyable sporting events. Yes, nations might be on edge with each other about political conflicts, but it is still no reason to bring politics into the Olympics. Also, the Olympics should be open to all nations and all people. It should never, ever matter whether a person is a certain race, skin color, sexuality, gender, or if the entire world were to hate a single nation because of a misdeed. The olympics should always be an equally open event. overall, I suggest that nations should leave their coats and hats at the door.

  • SydneyA_Per4_BoydBence

    I believe that the Olympics shouldn’t bring in political issues. The olympics are mean’t to bring us together as one. We should root on other teams and have good sportsmanship if the other one wins. We shouldn’t be arguing about our political opinions. That would tear us more apart than bring us together. ” They were originally made for peace, not disagree about government ideas and choices.” like Olivia said. The games bring the whole world together to celebrate our athletes and have a good healthy competition with each other. There are plenty of other places to argue about politics but the Olympics is not the time nor place. http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/olympics/at-the-sochi-olympics-you-have-to-be-a-russian-politician-to-know-its-not-raining/2014/02/18/08347a32-98d0-11e3-b88d-f36c07223d88_story.html
    This article states that there is no politics going on in Sochi right now during the games.

  • ClaireB_period2_BoydBence

    The Olympic games should not be a Stage for Political Dissent. The Olympics were
    made to bring peace between nations. When political arguments are brought to
    the stage, it breaks the point of bringing nations closer together. Also when
    political issues come up it makes some nations back out. Many nations either
    boycotted or pulled out of the Olympics. In 1956 Egypt, Iraq,
    Lebanon, Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland pulled out and China boycotted
    because Taiwan was allowed to compete as the Republic of China. If countries
    want to come together the best way is to leave all the politics (drama) out of
    it. Another reason to not have political matters on stage is because these
    athletes have been working for all their life to compete in these games and if
    their country backs out, the chance for an athlete to achieve their goals and dreams
    are either destroyed or dropping. Keep politics out of the Olympic for the athlete’s
    sake.

  • LillyC_Per3_BoydBence

    Does the boycott of the summer olympics in Moscow ring a bell?
    Well It should, in 1980 President Jimmy Carter thought It was best to boycott the Olympics because he wanted to send a message that what the soviets have done was wrong. I found this article about this and it clearly said “CIA Director Adm. Stansfield Turner disagreed, and passed along an agency finding that a boycott would have limited impact on the Soviet Union. It could even backfire on the United States, he warned. “The Soviets would also be able to play the role of an aggrieved party before a partially sympathetic international audience and to utilize international disagreements over the boycott to exacerbate tensions between the U.S. and non-boycotting (or reluctantly boycotting) states, probably including some close U.S. allies.”
    Read more:http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/02/carter-olympic-boycott-1980-103308.html#.UwQm9UJdX3E
    I would have to agree with Stansfield Turner on his thoughts, and I’m sure that many others feel the same. I think that politics should just be left out of the Olympics. Just because some leaders or a certain group of people have given themselves a name shouldn’t mean that the whole country has to suffer from it. What I’m trying to say is that if an individual wants to compete In the Olympics they should be able to, and not be frowned upon because of something that their country did not them. Just because you live in a town where maybe a lot of people tend to be racist, doesn’t mean that every single person In that town is racist. That doesn’t mean that you as a person are racist. It just so happens that you may live in a town where some people are racist. That’s why I think that it was wrong of Carter to take us out of the summer Olympics of 1980 and Its reasons like this that make me believe that politics should just be left out of gatherings like this.

    The Olympics should be an event where all countries can come together and make good memories and break amazing records and support each other together. This should be a time where we can put away the stresses of politics and put away judgment and be respectful of others.

  • Alexia Johnson

    I believe that the Olympics should be about the games because people worked hard to prepare for the games and the focus isn’t on the games. @davisss

    • emily_p_2shuttle

      Alexia,
      I agree with you. As stated in the article, the Olympics were created, “as a way to bring nations together for a more peaceful world.” This has not been happening. Nations have been bringing their political issues into the Olympics and the purpose has been defeated.

    • Miguel_A_Period2

      Yes. Competition should be the main focus on the Olympics. Not political views and human rights issues.

    • GianS_Per2_BoydBence

      I agree with what you have stated, Alexia. The Olympics is not about bringing political issues or any kind of issues into the games. That wasn’t the purpose of the games. Instead, it’s about the sport, athletes, good sportsmanship, peace, and harmony between every nation in the world.

  • Zack Hannah

    I found this link about the gay rights in Sochi, its very informal about whats going on in Sochi about the gay rights- http://www.canada.com/olympics/news/olympic-events-now-overshadow-gay-rights-protest
    #DoNowOlympics #davisss

  • CarlosR_3BoydBence

    In my opinion political matters and agendas should be kept out of the olympics just for the sake of the sports. If political agendas were put in the games countries would be buying the Gold, and if they put political propaganda, for example if they banned one race of people from competing then the games would become less of a competition. My favorite response to the Homosexual propaganda in Russia has got to be C.I.D.I’s response. In the video they show to men practicing for an event and the way they do it is quite odd, but in real life they actually practice this way.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tf9lwqBTgX4

    The video is humorous and just basically shows that political matters can be left out of the games.

    • Hyaden Beck

      I saw this about a week ago. Borderline in appropriate but still funny and applicable.
      Carlos, How do you propose that we keep politics out of such a large event with many people different beliefs?

      • CarlosR_3BoydBence

        Well, I just think that matters of politicians should stay in the hands of the politicians and out of the hands of the athletes. Let a country do what it wants to do, but don’t let that stop the unity and sportsmanship of the Olympics.

  • Brent_L_Per1

    I think that while it is important to talk about the human rights problems in Russia, the olympics are not the right platform. The olympics to me is about countries coming together for friendly competition, there shouldn’t be any hatred at the olympics. The 1936 olympics took place in Nazi Germany, and Germany used it as a way to push its political agenda. Obviously the human rights violations in Russia are not even close to the Holocaust but Russia is not going all out with their anti-LGBT agenda, they are allowing openly gay athletes to compete with no problem. LGBT rights are extremely important, but if Russia can set it aside for the olympics then I think we can too.

  • Hyaden Beck

    I think that ideally, Olympic venues would be free from political statements and controversy. However I think that it is inevitable. I think that it is all but impossible to gather so many different nations. The tiniest events such as a kiss between teammates (In ice skating, 2014) become blown out of proportion. Everything is a statement and the entire world is watching. I have read a lot of responses and it seems that the consensus is that we want the games to be free from protest and political dissent.

    It is my belief that because it is so difficult to create political neutrality at The Games, the Olympic committee should allow political dissent. The Olympic committee should enact certain rules and regulations on how protests can be made at the games. Rules might restrict athletes and judges from taking political stances. While spectators are allowed to protest and voice their stances, but prevent them from becoming unruly and violent. There would have to be enforcement and close monitoring to make these restrictions effective.

    I think that the Olympics should be a place for all countries in the world to gather together as fellow nations of the planet Earth, regardless of political stances.

  • Lia Liu

    #DoNowOlympics I think that the Olympics is meant for people to come together to show how hard they’ve worked and who is the best in there sport. Not to protest political issues. But I do understand that if you were to cause a scene that you believed was right the Olympics would be the perfect place because it’s one of the only times you have so many countries come together and focus on one thing at the same time.

  • Mallie

    I think this is a hard one to join the discussion in, because I feel like the Olympics are for friendly competition where everyone comes together and competes not a place to start debates about political topics but at the same time this is when the athletes have everyone’s eyes on them and when they can show everyone’s ow they feel.

  • Kelly Murad

    I think that the Olympics are great because to whole world come together and showing off there talents. As athletic people together that work hard to try to win, to show the world. The games are for peace to be athletic and no war. But I do think it’s cool to show what they believe in, so it’s a good and bad it’s hard to chose, what is right or wrong, I really don’t have a right to say. So they shouldn’t be so nuts about it.

    • Miguel_A_Period2

      I like how you discuss the right and wrong of acts in a popular event such as the Olympics. There is a time and place for things like that. Sure you can talk about it in a winning speech. But you really don’t want to put a damper on things.

  • Kaleb Heasley

    The Olympics shouldnt be a place for political dissent. Its the one time that the world unifies as one and combines together to participate. Political dissent is on the news everyday so the one event every 2 years should be opinion free and peaceful.

    • JoelR_Per 3_BoydBence

      I agree with you, because we do see a lot on the news about what other countries political view. The olympics were made for peace and not for war. The ancient Olympic Games were in fact founded in order to produce a 16-day truce. This peace agreement was observed by all of ancient Greece and is the longest lasting peace accord in human history. It was founded for peace, but we don’t keep it that way now. We add political matters which sparked conflicts and affected players . Like the Rome Games marked the end of South African participation in the Olympic Games. Its racist regime meant the country was excluded until the 1992 Barcelona Games.

      Source: http://politics.theguardian.com/politicspast/page/0,9067,892902,00.html

    • Tate W.

      I agree Kaleb, but on the news everyday it is just in front of YOUR country, and when you are at the Olympics it is addressing the whole world. Did you think about it that way?

      • Zach Shuman

        That is true but when are you going to get that many countries watching you at the same time do you think that comes into factor?

        • Zach Shuman

          That was for Kaleb not Tate.

    • Christian H.

      That’s a great point Kaleb. The core value of the Olympics is unifying the world within an event that everyone can enjoy no matter where your from. Politics are on the news everyday where countries fight and debate but the Olympics if only for a moment unifies us completely as a world. We compete as people not nations. Not as a group, and not as separate people. We are together under one nation and under one roof.

  • Kaleb Heasley

    JOHN OLETIC: don’t mind if they do anything in the Olympics I just for everything but maybe the Olympics in the right place or the right time for this kind of thing about coming together not coming apart #johngotbanned

    • Zach Shuman

      When do you think it is the right time for the Olympics to be a stage for politics? And why? #sucksyougotbanned

  • Shelbie Hilton

    @kquededspace #DoNowLegacy
    For many other countries we already have political issues and we are tired of hearing more. I also do think that when your an olympian and you have political issues it is easier to bring them up in front of everybody in hopes someone will fix something, but really people who are watching the olympics just want to watch amazing people do sports and watch them be amazing at it. I don’t think it is the time and place. I also think if you don’t think its weird to do something like kiss your lover it shouldn’t be weird. They were just happy and expressing their happiness. Not only is it easier to put on issues but its easier to say be all drama about it. I don’t like when people over exaggerate.

  • ena muharemovic

    I don’t think the Olympics should be a stage for political dissent, I feel as the Olympics are when we all time out of our days and watch all those competing for their talent. There is no need to address political dissent, we all get it enough within our individual counties and states, we don’t need it anymore.

    • David_N_2

      Thanks for your view, Ena Muharemovic.
      I completely agree with you. There is a time and place for everything, and the Olympics is no place to bring up political issues. Politics are bad enough without it crashing in on this wonderful, worldwide event. It shouldn’t matter what type of background a country has. If that nation is willing to put in the effort to host the Olympics, then that nation has that right to host! Countries, as the saying goes, should “set their differences aside” and join together as a world in a single event of competition. Politics should never intersect the path of the Olympics, ever!

    • MarkL_3BoydBence

      I completely agree with you. Not only is it completely off topic, but it also keeps people from focusing on the athletes. It can also lead to the cancellation of the event in some instances such as the protest in 1960.

    • Tate W.

      I agree, but did you ever think that when we watch the news that it is only in front of our country, but bringing it up at the Olympics is in front of the entire world to address our problems?

  • Zach Shuman

    I think to a certain extent it should be allowed for serious world issues for small countries especially. This is a great place for these small countries because they have more people to listen than they could get normally. But if we protest gay rights in Russia that is not that important because that isn’t our place and they can fight there own government, but if a small country is being abused by it’s government or a bigger country and can’t defend themselves we need to bring that up. The host country should just limit teh amount of politics in the games.

    • MarkL_3BoydBence

      I’ll have to disagree with you. It wouldn’t be right to allow politics in the Olympics even ‘to a certain extent’. I don’t think it’s possible to talk about politics without starting a big discussion. There is a setting for speaking about politics and the Olympics are definitely not it.

    • brittneyd_3boydbence

      I agree that we shouldn’t bring gay rights into the olympics, but not because russia is bigger than us but because the olympics should be a place for unity.”But just looking at the core history of the Games shows how many nations have come together to participate in competitive sports.” – Times Herald

      Source- http://www.mjtimes.sk.ca/Opinion/Columns/2012-07-27/article-3040479/The-Olympic-Games-have-an-important-message-of-unity/1

  • Tate W.

    I think that the Olympics are meant to bring countries together to recognize one of the very few things that everybody has in common, sports. And I think that the Olympics are not a stage for political dissent. Because it is hard enough to get everybody in one place, and bringing up political problems will just ruin the fact of everybody being united. And it will jeopardize our unity, and all it will do is bring up more problems.

    • GianS_Per2_BoydBence

      I agree, Tate. It’s not just the sports that we have in common, but it’s the pride we have for our country and athletes. It’s a time where we can be peaceful and unite as one for the games. I, too, do not think it is appropriate to bring up these political issues in the fun and excitement of the Olympics.

    • brittneyd_3boydbence

      I completely agree. The olympics were created to bring countries together, not to tear them apart. I think that it is pointless and unnecessary to bring politics into the olympics.

    • IsabellaV_3boydbence

      Tate W.,
      I agree with you so much. With our differences, it’s already difficult to bring everyone together. Sports are probably the only thing that we all have in common. Bring politics in the games will cause conflicts and some countries might not participate, or are not allowed to participate because of their political opinions. For example in 1948 Japan and Germany were not allowed to participate in the games because of WWII

  • Alma Lancaster

    I think it is going to ruin the Olympics

    • Miguel_A_Period2

      Hopefully people can get their heads straight and focus on what matter most; competition and unity.

  • Ryan_R_2

    I think that the Olympics should be a stage for politics. During the first Olympic games in ancient Greece, The olympics were the only time where everyone stopped everything; war, conflict etc. and they came together at peace to compete in the Olympics. I’m not saying that bringing up these topics during the olympics will make everything peaceful, but maybe we can find a way to discuss the topic, peacefully. The olympics is an event where the whole world comes together, and make the problem aware to the whole world.

    • MaryBethD_3BoydBence

      Ryan, I see what you’re saying about being able to discuss the politics peacefully but maybe it wouldn’t be so peaceful. Think about politics. How often is it peaceful? WW1? WW2? In 1916, 1940, and 1944 the games were cancelled because of the wars. Politics should be discussed elsewhere. The Olympics should be a place where these diverse people come together to compete at what they have in common! It most definitely shouldn’t be a place to where people with different views come together to discuss the different views. Yes, it would be ideal that everyone could come together and discuss in peace but people that disagree about what should be happening or changing shouldn’t come together during an entertaining, fun, and competitive event like the Olympics. It would turn into anything BUT peace.

  • emily_p_2shuttle

    I think that that the issues between countries should be left at the door. The Olympics are not a place for everyone to be fighting over the issues they have between their countries. The Olympics is a competition between countries for sports, not for political issues. This quote is from an interactive timeline ( http://www.cfr.org/culture-and-foreign-policy/politics-olympics/p16366 ) for the 2008 Olympics held in Beijing. “Human rights groups used this opportunity to pressured China on it’s environmental issues, human right..” This is saying that people were trying to bring their countries issues into the middle of the Olympics, but that is not the place for it. Countries can figure out a different way to settle their issues, not by bringing them into an activity for competition in sports.

  • trevorosterhout bence boyd

    I think that the olympics should be a time where a nation comes together to compete in athletic event and not a time to exchange political opinions and the games are for peace nation completing in athletic event in harmony and not a time for political view to get in the way like in the olympic where president Nixon did alway the athelties go over in order to boycott the Olympics if soviet troops didn’t withdraw their troops for Afghanistan instead of being involved with the spirt of the games sports are a time for peace not war and or politics.

  • Jacob_W_Period3

    In 1972 the world joined in Munich to celebrate the summer olympics. Many people don’t know that American Mark Spitz won 7 swimming gold medals. Or that Russia won 50 gold medals. It was remembered because the Black september Palestinian terrorists group snuck in to the olympics and killed 9 Israeli hostages. This event overshadowed the actual game. Everyone I ask who could remember those games only recall how many news updates came in on the hostage crisis. President Nixon and many countries joined to stop the threat. However mixed communication ended in 9 Israelis killed. Israel and the surrounding areas are against each other and that went to a global scale in 1972. This event shows how politics and disagreements can ruin so much about these peaceful games.

    I think that the reason for these types of events is because the olympics are viewed world wide. Few people are interested in watching countries at the Geneva convention. Yet so many watch the olympics. Thats why the olympics are overshadowed by differences between countries. The olympics might as well hold a day for countries arguing. I think that countries do not need to do this at the games. The olympics are a time that countries join in peace and either join in friendly competition or just say no thanks. The olympics should not be another event ruined by politics.

    http://www.infoplease.com/ipsa/A0114715.html

  • Brandon C

    Unfortunately as much as political change needs to happen the Olympics is not the place to do it. Bringing up politics in the Olympics is like a public execution for both the accused and the accuser. Its embarrassing and only serves as entertainment for the masses. A country should be allowed to fix itself. Not crucified on the world stage.

  • Nick M

    The Olympics do need to focus on the athletes, but one can’t deny the Olympics are an excellent platform to promote political ideas, specifically civil rights. The Olympic Charter states, “The mission of the IOC is to promote Olympism throughout the world and to lead the Olympic Movement”. Thus promoting no discrimination, despite Russia’s compliance with the pact, we can’t help but realize the discrimination the carries on in Russia when the Olympics aren’t around. Whether we like it or not, the Olympics provide an opportunity for political statements, and it is our duty as “global citizens” to promote Olympism through promoting civil rights for all.

    • Claire S 2

      I definitely agree! It’s a great place to protest since it’s such a popular event, and the protest has a good cause to support as well.

    • ClaireB_period2_BoydBence

      I disagree. The Olympic were made to bring
      peace among the nation. Many countries have different views on politics, and
      when there brought up fighting may happen. Also these athletes competing in
      these games have been training and waiting four or more years to compete at
      this level. Some nations back out due to political issues. High competing teams
      almost backed out of the 2014 Sochi games. Some of these countries were Italy,
      the Netherlands and even the United States. Let the athletes focus on what they’ve
      been working on for years and keep political issues out so they can achieve
      their dreams.

    • SpencerH_4

      I agree with you the olympics are a perfect platform to talk about world problems and politics because every country is watching! it would be stupid to not address and talk about some world political problems! Im not saying have debates and stuff because if thats what we wanted to do the world would have a huge event for it! So i agree with you that yes they should address stuff but not have complete debates during the events!

      • Tateeana Ibarra

        @KQEDEspace
        I disagree with you guys…
        The Olympics are supposed to be about the athletes and how they got there. Not about their personal life. I mean come on really?? Save that for another day.
        #DoNowOlympics
        #davisss

    • Tclark-2boydbence

      I agree that it can be used positively to bring awareness and change , how ever it has the potential to spread negative messages and tear us apart. Keeping the Olympics about the athletes and peace will do us good. People come from all over the globe to compete and have a friendly competition and to keep it that way we need to leave political views at the door. As said in the article, “Sport can only contribute to development and peace if it’s not used as a stage for political dissent or for trying to score points in … political contests,”. This is an image of where the athletes come from to compete in the winter Olympics, all these countries are united for at least a little and using it as a platform for political debate will get rid of that.

      • ena muharemovic

        Than do you believe that we should have political dissent mixed with the Olympics?

      • Mallie

        I think this is a great point but what if the things some if the athletes are trying to say offend others? Aren’t the olympics about coming together for some competition instead of possibly bringing up arguments between countries?

    • Shelbie Hilton

      What kind of discrimination do you think goes on?

      • Fiona Boomer

        Gender discrimination and subversion of gay propaganda, among other things.

        • Kenny Swam

          The different kinds of discrimination you would face in the Olympics would be against genders, same-sex relations, and ethnicity’s. We know this because in many accounts they have already accused the Russians for rigging the competitions so that their competitors could win easily. Also we already have evidence that they are against gay people.

    • PeytonP_4BoydBence

      I disagree, the Olympic Games have been a place where different countries could all meet and compete to find out who the best athletes in the world are. Bringing politics into the games changes everything the Olympics is about. Even though it is a “great platform” for politics to be publicized it only causes more problems. Lets leave the Olympics to what it is, a friendly competition between different countries.

      • corrina cowden

        @KQEDEdspace I agree with you. It is a good place for the political people to be heard but to get deep down inside of what people believe in is just not right. I believe that they can find away to be heard and not to interfere with people’s way of life. #DoNowOlympics #davisss

    • CallieH_2BoydBence

      I’m blinking here. “An excellent platform to promote political ideas, specifically civil rights?” Just look at the Berlin games back in the 30’s. Hitler wanted to prove that his Aryan race was superior and failed epicly. How can it be a good place for that? It just adds tension and hate. And as for “It is our duty as “global citizens” to promote Olympism through promoting civil rights for all.” the fact of the matter is that no matter what you do you can’t just force something down someone’s throat and expect them to take it quietly. Would you mind explaining a bit more? How can that possibly be a good idea? It’s a sport! Not a government office!

    • ClaireG_4boydbence

      I disagree with you. For several years, and several Olympic Games, there has been political conflict among nations participating. For instance, the interactive timeline discuses how at the 1936 games in Berlin, the Nazis used the event as a platform for propaganda to promote the idea of white supremacy and racial superiority. Taking advantage of the attention, throughout the games, they were attempting others to discriminate against blacks and Jews, as they did. Their actions took away from what the games are truly about; coming together, no matter your country, skin color, religious beliefs, etc. and competing in sporting events, while recognizing the hard work of the athletes.

    • alexm_3boydbence

      I have to disagree with you, The whole point of the olympics was to not showcase politics but to showcase the athletes. The olympics should have nothing to do with politics.

    • KaraP_Per2_BoydBence

      I disagree. If we could bring politics into the Olympics and keep peace then that would be great. However in many circumstances when we do so it causes violence, and even deaths. If you look on the following website you will see many circumstances when their was controversy that led to violence.
      http://www.cfr.org/culture-and-foreign-policy/politics-olympics/p16366 For example in 1972 when a Palestinian terrorist killed two of the athletes and took 9 hostages that ended up dying. We can’t control how people react when we bring politics into the Olympics. Therefore we need to keep them separated in order to keep everyone as safe as we can.

    • MichelleS_3_boydbence

      I disagree with you when you said in your post that the Olympics are a good place to discuss politics. The Olympics are a time for hard working athletes to come together and compete.

    • IsabellaV_3boydbence

      Nick M,

      I agree how the Olympics is about the athletes, but it is not about political views. Having differences can bring people together, but it can also tear them apart and cause conflicts. For example, in the 1956 Olympics, Ervin Zador, a Hungarian athlete was injured in a water polo match. He got into a fight with a Soviet athlete, and was injured really badly. It says in this timeline about the fight and many other times politics came into the games. http://www.cfr.org/culture-and-foreign-policy/politics-olympics/p16366

    • lilliand_3_boydbence

      I agree I feel that the olympics need to be focused on athletes more than politics because thats the whole point of the olympics so that we can have a friendly competetion.

    • MaxP_3boyd_bence

      I agree with you, in the link below it shows that throughout the Olympics there has always been political dissent. It also shows that a few conflicts emerged from politics. An example is the Summer Olympics in 1976 hosted in Montreal, Canada. Over 20 African nations boycotted the Olympics due to the Olympic community allowing New Zealand to participate. At this point politics is the Olympics’ shadow. And whether or not we like it, politics are staying.

      http://www.cfr.org/culture-and-foreign-policy/politics-olympics/p16366

    • Brent_L_Per1

      I agree, I think that if the whole point of the Olympics is that we are all one people we shouldn’t separate ourselves further by bringing social issues into it.

    • JacobG_2_BoydBence

      I agree with you, these social issues should not be in the way of the games, it is a time of fun filling events.

  • William Cisneros

    The Winter and Summer Olympics are the most watched sporting events in the world only behind the World Cup. The whole world is watching and each host country has a huge influence on the rest of the world. I believe that politics play a vital role in the Olympics and should not be left out. The Olympics give people in other countries a reason to look at the host country’s ideals and customs. In Russia’s case, many have seen the discrimination that has been directed towards homosexuals. If the Olympics were not held in Russia, many would not pay any attention to this issue. Being on the world stage gives athletes and country officials a voice. Seeing athletes wearing rainbow wristbands and gloves during the opening ceremony was incredible to watch. It’s not the only the general public that are bringing political issues to light in the Olympics, but it is also the athletes. They recognize that all eyes are them and they have the influence and the ability to communicate that they would not normally have. I think that the Games should consist of good sportsmanship, competition, and nationalism, but I also think that people need to recognize that when something/someone is getting more views on television than the US Presidential Inauguration, it is going to have some political dissent and controversy.

  • davidjenny

    The Olympics should not be political it should be one time where all nations should forget our differences and compete in a peaceful reunion of all countries. I do agree it is inevitable that politics would be thrown in to the news coverage along with the sporting events. It even should be more about the athletes than the countries.

    • IsabellaV_3boydbence

      davidjenny,
      I agree with you that the Olympics should not be used as a political platform. The Olympics were originally meant to peacefully bring the world together for friendly competitions. Politics come into the games even if we want them to or not.

  • Abbie M.

    The Olympics have historically provided a forum for voicing political events because of the extreme publicity it gets. I fully support Obama sending openly gay members to Russia as part of the delegation because he is defending and promoting basic human rights which every country should support. I don’t support countries, like Russia, who openly voice (and in the process, threaten) the safety and observation of human rights to athletes who are coming to the games to compete for their country. I think that debates over political choices will rise in any event where every major country in the world is in attendance. It is a strong political tactic, but that doesn’t mean it is beneficial or right. The Olympics root in fostering competition, but sportsmanship amongst countries. Although some political dissent is almost impossible to avoid in such a international affair, the Olympics should focus less on scoring political points and more on athletic points.

    This Washington Post article focuses on the political dissent rising specifically in Sochi. http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/olympics/at-the-sochi-olympics-you-have-to-be-a-russian-politician-to-know-its-not-raining/2014/02/18/08347a32-98d0-11e3-b88d-f36c07223d88_story.html

  • Victor Herrera

    I believe the Olympics should be an platform for political issues if they are for human rights especially if it is marriage equality or equal rights in general . If The Olympics are a show of your Nation’s pride but it is not fair to other people who don’t have equal or the same rights as some other person .If the Olympics are not used to say what a society is doing wrong when will change . Canada brought to light the games have been a little gay which could be used as happy or in sense that we use the word today . I fill Canada is trying to bring social changes to other countries .

    • Claire S 2

      I agree very much with this! I understand maybe negative causes/protests not being allowed, but if it’s for a basic human right like marriage equality or something like that, I don’t see why it’s a big deal.

    • MaryBethD_3BoydBence

      Victor, I agree with you that in some way or form that these political issues should be addressed although I disagree with you in the sense of having the Olympics be a platform for political issues. The Olympics should be for competing and letting the athletes strive to achieve their goals. For example, in 1916 the games were scheduled for Berlin but were cancelled because of WW1. This is a big issue because people didn’t even get a chance to compete. This is a whole level ahead of just using the games as a platform, this time the politics took over. There were NO Olympics. In 1940 and 1944 the games were cancelled because of WW2, the Japanese pulled out of being the host. Therefore, these games were cancelled because of WW2 and this is another example of why politics should not be involved in the Olympics. All in all, the Olympics should be set to bring humanity together and promote athletic excellence!

  • iromano

    It is impossible to deny that politics have played an integral role in Olympics both past and present. The games are rightfully and honorably intended to unite, but it is ignorant to suggest that politics be left at the front door. I personally believe the Olympics provide a unique meeting ground in which countries can confront their political differences in a controlled and peaceful environment. The games have the potential to be used as a powerful political tool, and perhaps they can incentivize nations to come together. On the other hand, they do inevitably take on the air of the political climate as evidenced by the boycotting of various games (notably between Russia and the U.S.). Rather than claiming the olympics are politic free, the I.O.C. should acknowledge the political air and confront it. An elephant in the room only dissipates once it has been accepted and discussed. Once the political atmosphere is acknowledged, it might be used as a source of good rather than one of tension. I believe politics will always be a fundamental issue regarding the olympic games, and I think it can be used for progress rather than for division. The following nytimes articles discusses the political climate the games invite (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/19/sports/olympics/olympics-invite-trouble-when-politics-drive-choices.html?_r=0).

    • Christian H.

      In some ways Political issues can be solved within the Olympics. People who are affected by the political issue like gay marriage or people who are form the a recently destroyed city can be the highlight at certain points but it’s not the place to solve the initial issue. Political issues are meant to be solved in congress and not on a track field.

  • adugan

    The Olympics, ideally, are held for the athletes. Unfortunately the games have turned into something greater than the sporting events. Countries have political motivations in hosting the games and corporations have economic motivations in sponsoring them. While the International Olympic Committee has continually stated their neutral political stance, they must realize the ramifications their decisions have – socially, politically, and economically. In choosing certain host countries, like China 2008 and Russia 2014, the IOC approaches controversy. Countries use the games as an opportunity to present themselves in a positive light, but we can’t just ignore the many negative things they have done.

    • BarrettC-3periodboydbence

      Adugan, I agree. Like back in 1980 when the Americans(the miracle on ice) played against the Soviets, That game was to decide which nation was better and dominate. But that American team was a team of amateur and collegiate players. And they they beat the Soviets that have won gold in the last seven Olympics.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miracle_on_Ice

    • Lukep_3boydbence

      Yes, adugan you make a good point. Lets go way back to 1936. At that time it was held in Berlin, Germany. At that time it was controlled by the Nazis. They wanted to show that the Arian race was the best. They were proven wrong when Jesse Owens an African American athlete took gold in four events. After the medal ceremony Hitler was supposed to shake everybody’s hand, but he didn’t shakes Jesse Owens. Hitler described his performance as ” reflected upon Owens’s victories with a shrug as African physiques were primitive and stronger than whites.” This proves that these issues go way back to just before the Sochi Olympics.

    • Rachael P. 2nd BoydBence

      I agree with you that the Olympics are held for the athletes. These events that are included in the Olympics are the sports that these athletes have participated in since a young age. Having the actual opportunity to be in the Olympics is a huge honor and dream to them. When something like a political disagreement or such comes into play it could not only ruin the chance of competing but ruin the chance to live out their dreams. That is why it is important for all politics to be put aside so that the athletes who have ever right to be there can compete and follow their dreams.

  • Fiona Boomer

    The Olympics in itself involves politics no matter how you cut it. Look at women’s ski jumping, for example. The sport was recently admitted to the Olympic repertoire and it has been seen as a massive achievement made by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), when in reality the IOC had been discriminating against female ski jumpers for years. The women fought for their right to compete on the world scale, but they were repeatedly told that they were not good enough and that their event was not a serious sport. They were told that women should not compete due to their biological make up and that they would never match the caliber of men. Lindsey Van has become the poster child for this fight and is proof that women’s ski jumping is a top notch sport. In fact, Lindsey Van held the jumping record on the normal jump in Vancouver during the 2010 Olympics. SHE BEAT ALL OF THE MEN! And the fact that the Canadian Supreme Court ruled that not allowing women ski jumpers to compete in the Olympics is discrimination. Politics will always be involved in the Olympics no matter how much we try to hide it. http://readytoflyfilm.com/the-story/

    • Jacob_W_Period3

      Yes while politics may always be a part that does not mean it should overshadow the game. The 1972 olympics were overshadowed by the hostage crisis of 9 Israeli athletes and Palestinian terrorists. The games may always have some politics but thats not what the games are about. The olympics should always be about the games and politics do not need to be seen on a scale of that magnitude.

      • Fiona Boomer

        I think most people would agree that nine people being held against their will under the threat of death is more important than a game. Yes the Olypmics promotes nationalism among countries, but let’s not forget that IT IS A SERIES OF GAMES. Crimes against humanity like the hostage crisis and prohibition of gay propaganda should always draw more attention than a game.

      • corrina cowden

        @KQEDEdspace I agree with you. I think that the politics are trying get people to focus on other peoples way of life instead of focusing on the Olympic games. I don’t really think that it matters if you are homosexual or straight. #DoNowOlympics #davisss

    • BarrettC-3periodboydbence

      Fiona, how is the Olympics already have politics involved? I mean I only see nations competing for the fun and entertainment of it.

      http://www.toledoblade.com/Olympics/2014/02/15/Olympics-insist-they-re-not-about-politics-but-it-s-part-of-their-fundamental-identity.html

      • Fiona Boomer

        I think most people would agree that gender discrimination is part of a political agenda that has been imposed for years by the IOC.

    • LawsonZ_3BoydBence

      I completely agree with you. This shows that its the athletes or the lack their of that bring attention. Most people can ignore the politicians but you can’t ignore the athletes.

    • BellaP_3boydbence

      I agree politics are brought up in a lot of the events but if we could change that would you? Would you make it about fun and games or about politics? Honestly your post really made me look back at my original post to see if I had changed my point of view. With that said back to my following question, if you could change it would you make it about politics or the game?

      • Asha

        The Olympics should be about the game instead of the politics. The Olympics weren’t made for political views. People don’t watch it for the politics, they watch it to watch, support, and appreciate their nations people and sports. We should join the world together in this matter rather than politics and judging people for their views. Maybe one day the political views will not matter but what will matter is the world coming together for what they enjoy.

        • Julie_B_2_BenceBoyd

          I agree with you Asha. The Olympics were created for the soul per pose of athletic competition and it brought all the Greece city-states together leaving behind all political and war affairs back where they came from. Politics shouldn’t be associated with the Olympics.

    • Hyaden Beck

      Umm, Lynsey Von is a giant slalom racer, not a ski jumper.

      And the Canadian Supreme Court does not have any jurisdiction over the Olympics. That is the IOC’s responsibility

      • Fiona Boomer

        Lindsey Vonn is an alpine skier while Lindsey Van is a ski jumper, feel free to look it up or click on my link. Plus the unlimited power of IOC is exactly the political issue I am trying to highlight.

    • CallieH_2BoydBence

      You have a very interesting point, Fiona. However, why can’t we learn not to keep politics out? Evolution is inevitable. Why can’t the Evolution of the games be in that mix as well? We jumped that hurdle. Forget jumped, we flew! Why can’t we soar over this one as well? I think that if we really put our minds to it we can do it. We just have to put aside differences and agree to disagree sometimes.

    • Tclark-2boydbence

      Fiona,

      I agree with you that politics will find there way into the Olympics even if we don’t want them too. It has happened countless times in the past like with examples like the first time women were allowed to compete in track in field events in 1928 and the boycott of the 1980 games in Moscow.(http://www.timetoast.com/timelines/805630) This is a link to an original timetoast I made highlighting some big political and social events from past Olympics. This being said I think we need to realize that if we pay more attention to the politics than necessary then it takes away from the true spirit of the games. The spirit of the games is to unite us and celebrate the amazing athletes from across the world.

    • CarlosR_3BoydBence

      You know what, you are exactly right. Politics and the Olympics go together no matter what, so I have comprised a timeline showing a bunch of significant political situations matching with the Olympics of that year. (http://www.timetoast.com/timelines/804224) You should go look at it and see how much propaganda there really has been! There were so many issues in the past and were making progress, so its good to look back.

    • alexm_3boydbence

      I do agree with what you have to say but just because politics will always be involved, doesn’t mean it’s right to involve it. These olympic games should be fun and competive, we shouldn’t have to worry about politics. Politics should not stop the olympics. “After the war with China the japenese pulled out of being the host.” says http://www.cfr.org/culture-and-foreign-policy/politics-olympics/p16366 Therefore, politics should not be involved with olympics because it will only cause trouble and it will pull out all the fun.

    • ChristineP_4BoydBence

      I agree with you, but I think that we should be trying to prevent it as much as possible because that isn’t what this is about. The athletes have trained their entire lives for this, and then it isn’t even about them because everyone is focused on the politics? It isn’t right.

    • MichelleS_3_boydbence

      I agree with most of what you said in your post. I do believe that even though political differences do usually end up in the Olympics it is still not right. We should do everything that we can to stop political differences in the Olympics. It is not the time or place. The Olympics are a time for the athletes to have fun and compete in the sport that they have been training almost all their life for.

    • MaggieS-2boydbence

      I agree the Olympics should be free of consriverstional topics. THis can be hard but i think thats the way it should be,

    • lilliand_3_boydbence

      I agree with you saying that it will still be involed no matter what. No matter how much we try to stop putting politics in the olympics it will never go away.

    • MadelynR_3boydbence

      I agree with you that no matter how much we try to stop letting politics be in the Olympics it will never happen.

    • Brent_L_Per1

      I agree with you, the Olympics should be the coming together of nations. We shouldn’t let political issues separate us as people.

    • Maeve_K_Period2

      Well said Fiona, I support your position and feel you’re right that politics will always be a part of the Olympic games no matter how much that type of exchange may be discouraged.

    • JacobG_2_BoydBence

      I agree with you 100% this is a time of joy and competing to be the best of the best.

    • Tateeana Ibarra

      @KQEDEdspace
      I actually agree with you. Just like the women fought for their right and place in the olympics I think the “gay” people are going to have to do the same in order for people to accept them as they are.
      #DoNowOlympics
      #davisss

    • NWeix-1stboydbence

      I feel that it is possible for people to put differences aside for the sake of a goal; I’n all honesty it truly think the Olympics should be as un-biased and un-crude as possible. I know that discrimination and beliefs shouldn’t be part of how someone judge’s another’s skill.

      • Vagari

        I agree that it is possible, but being possible and doing what is possible are different things. As a species we are naturally competitive, both sports and politics, while we shouldn’t bring them to the Olympics, we will, because that’s just how we are

    • Julie_B_2_BenceBoyd

      In all honesty, I think that Politics shouldn’t be involved in such a prestigious sporting event. This is only one example why politics shouldn’t be involved in the Olympics. Not allowing women to compete in ski jumping is unfair no matter what they say. Women should have the right to compete in any sport at the Olympics that men are able to compete in!!

  • Miguel_A_Period2

    The Olympics Games. A glorious event in which countries all over the world join in harmony, put aside all past differences, and compete just for the sake of competing. Athletes all across the globe compete for the prized gold, silver, and bronze medals.
    The point of the Olympics isn’t to talk about human rights issues and political differences. Sure, it can be a stage for that sort of thing since all eyes are on you. But there is a time and place for that. People don’t need to hear what is affecting your country at a time when someone’s running at record speeds.
    Unity is the main theme of the Olympics. Unity alone should be away to remind everyone that past differences do not matter. It is a time of bliss, and a time of competition.
    You don’t discuss homophobia at the Olympics just like you don’t talk about your terminal cancer at your kid’s birthday party. It’s just not right.

  • Riley_R_1BoydBence

    I don’t think that the Olympics should involve political events. The Olympics should be a time of peace between all of the countries. I understand that they are battling each other for gold, silver, and bronze, but their shouldn’t be any terrorist attacks or any other political event. One example of a political event from the olympics was this year. President Putton said that their were no Gay people in Russia, just to make the kids in Russia believe that their are no gay people and that they won’t be gay when they grow up. In actuality, their are some Gay people in Russia.

  • Claire S 2

    I don’t see a problem with peacefully protesting near the stadium for a basic human right. They haven’t started any violence, and people don’t have to pay attention to them if they don’t want to. It’s not a distraction from the event, really.
    Even if the Olympics is a sporting event, it has always been an event of unity and peace. And the protest is following both of those in itself. So, I don’t really see the big deal, to be honest.

    • LawsonZ_3BoydBence

      I partially agree with this. I feel like the protest should not be in front of olympic arena. But I do believe that people should still be aloud to protest even though the olympics is in their town.

  • Shemar_D_2

    They should not focus on politics and their differences at the olympics they should focus on coming together for some friendly competition.They shouldn’t distract and take away from the celebration. Sure they can broadcast their beliefs there and people would definitely see it but it is not the time or the place. Spreading propaganda at the Olympics is like peta invading a hot dog eating competition. Also it would be unfair to smaller countries. For instance Jamaica is competing again for the first time in 12 years. They wouldn’t be able to fairly broadcast their beliefs at all.

  • JoelR_Per 3_BoydBence

    The sacred Greek tradition of ekecheiria (truce) was the cornerstone of the Olympic Games in ancient times. It provided a safe and peaceful environment for both the athletes competing in the Games and for the spectators. It’s very adoption was dictated by the oracle of Delphi as a way to put an end to the wars that at the time devastated the Peloponnese. The longest lasting peace accord in history was thus created, but now many political matters have interfered with peace during the games. In 1956 the Olympics were held in Melbourne. Australia had an impact of the events in Hungary during the olympic games, when Soviet troops crushed the anti-Communist uprising of the Magyars. When Soviet and Hungarian water polo players met in the finals both opponents were fighting, kicking, and openly insulting the Soviet players for political reasons. This was not following what the greeks hoped for. The two opponents just brought the battle verbally to the olympics, and it wasn’t a peaceful game. From this I can say that politics shouldn’t be included in the olympics.

    Source: http://english.pravda.ru/society/stories/30-07-2012/121779-olympic_games-0//

  • MarkL_3BoydBence

    I don’t think it makes sense to speak about politics related matters in the Olympics. This articles states that “The modern Olympic games were first held in Athens, Greece in 1896 as a way to bring nations together for a more peaceful world.” Speaking about politics would most likely result in the opposite of what the Olympics were made to be. This means that, different countries will be talking about their differences instead of focusing on the activities which were meant to bring them together. In summary, I don’t think it’s a good idea to bring politics since it would be defeating the whole purpose. There is a specific area for both activities.

  • MikeM_3boydbence

    I honestly do not think that anything political should be involved, The olympics is a time to show every athlete what they have trained for and worked so hard for and represent their country.http://politics.theguardian.com/politicspast/page/0,9067,892902,00.html

  • alexm_3boydbence

    I believe they shouldn’t use The Olympics as an event to voice their political opinions. The article up above states, “as a way to bring nations together for a more peaceful world. But since then, the Olympics have often been used as a platform to promote political ideologies.” Therefore, The Olympics were created for peace, and politics is not typically a peaceful subject. The Olympics should just stay to showcasing the athletes and not politics.

  • LawsonZ_3BoydBence

    The idea of the olympics being a place to for politics might sound odd but is normal. All the way from the start in Athene’s with peter o’connor. But the truth is a lot of the politics are not from the country’s but from the athletes. Another example of this was demonstrated in the 1968 olympics when tommie smith and john carlos stood up and gave the black power solute. What does this show us? Well it shows us that their is no way that we can keep politics out of this event. This is just somthing people will need to deal with because when you put people on pedicle and put them infront of the entire world they will show who they are.

  • Alex M

    The Olympics are a platform for dedicated athletes to perform. These athletes have worked their entire lives to get to the Olympics, and that should be the focus. Even if it can be used as a good platform for political ideas, it should not be. It is an athletic event, and that is where the focus should stay. Their is no need to bring in social issues that will inevitably cause disagreement and dispute. We need to keep it at highlighting the amazing talent of hardworking people.

    • AndreaO_per4_BoydBence

      I agree with you, the Olympics are about people playing a certain sport not about politics and what people think. I do believe that there is no need to focus on politics while the Olympics are happening.

    • Dylan_L_period3Bence/Boyd

      I agree with you. These people worked hard to get where they are and we can not take that away from them.

  • Francesca Botto

    I believe the Olympics should be solely for the purpose of the games. It is a time for the athletes to come to together and compete in the sports they are all passionate for. This being said, clearly a time where all the countries of the world come together is prime for political ideas. In the past, there have been olympics in which our country, or world for that matter, has made incredible advances in civil rights. But in the end, the Olympics are time for the athletes who’ve been working their entire lives for tis moment

    • Melody_M_2

      i agree when the poilitical issues are left behind people are focused on what the olypics are for. these athetes have devoted a majority of their lives for this moment and rather than obesesing over politics we should just enjoy the olypics.

    • Rachael P. 2nd BoydBence

      I agree that the sole purpose of the Olympics are the games. The athletes are there to represent their country proudly and earn medals for what they have been doing most of their lives. When politics get in the way of that then it defeats the whole meaning behind the games in the first place. The meaning of the games are to unite and come together to cheer on our countries. You have every other day of the two years in between to have disagreements. Let the athletes live their dreams and proudly do what they are passionate about.

  • Nikki J.

    It is best to use the Olympics not only as a way of uniting countries but as a way of bringing to light social injustices that plague the countries of the world. The games are meant for peace and interacting with our fellow nations. However, through this line of peace, we can gently bring up the issues that need to be talked about. Russia has very strict rules about homosexual people. This is not right because many athletes are homosexual and they are being denied their basic rights as human. They aren’t being treated as human beings. Hopefully, as the games go on, these issues can be talked about amongst the countries and the athletes. We can make progress as we learn to appreciate the value of our humanness through good sportsmanship and friendly games. http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/02/11/teaching-the-sochi-olympics-history-geography-and-social-studies/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0

  • Caroline P

    The Olympics should primarily focus on national unity and the spirit that emerges from the athletes and their sporting events. In previous circumstances, the entrance of political dissent into the Olympic Games has been detrimental. Although the Olympic Games bring about issues that need to be confronted, now and in the future, the Olympics are not the time nor the place. In this specific Olympics, the issue of gay rights, as well as women’s rights, have been mentioned and are worth discussion and acknowledgement. But once again, the Olympics were not created for politics, and that is not changing anytime soon. Olympics are a wonderful place for nations to come together and compete in the realm of sports, not politics.

    • Kelly Murad

      Your statement makes senses but the people in Olympics might want to show what they believe in. Because were there from maybe not allow them to show how they feel. So what your saying is right, it’s just people will show what they believe in.

    • Dylan_L_period3Bence/Boyd

      This is exactly correct. Every word of it. Even if there are problems that need to be addressed the Olympics are not time, nor place. Its a time for peace. Thats how it was meant to be and that is how it will remain. Its about time the leaders of our world see this.

    • Rachael P. 2nd BoydBence

      I completely agree with you. The olympics shine down on the issues that need to be confronted but they don’t need to be confronted during the games. The games are a time of unity and respect towards your teammates and competitors. While the Olympics can bring out issues within other countries, there is plenty of time to handle those situations at a better time. The main focus should be on the athletes who have worked so hard to get where they are. This shouldn’t be another thing fighting and disagreements pull focus away from the true meaning of the Olympics. The Olympics were made to be a thing of togetherness.

  • Maliha M

    The point of the Olympics is to narrow all attention on the progress of the players and just them. It’s not a bad thing if big discussions are brought up. There is no way that we can stop people from speaking out. No matter where we are, discussions like gay propaganda and women’s rights should never be silenced, whether it happens to occur at the Olympics or not. If members that are participating in the Olympics feel the need to raise a point they believe in, then don’t stop them, they can use their public spotlight however they wish.

    • AndreaO_per4_BoydBence

      I agree with you, people are going to express themselves and talk about their beliefs since there are a lot of cameras sound they can be captured and it can become a scandal but they still got what they wanted and that was to be noticed.

    • ChristenW_4BoydBence

      I agree with your point. It does not matter what people do to prevent it, there will always be protests at an event that big. The best we can do is try to keep it peaceful and make sure all athletes are treated equally.

    • Lukep_3boydbence

      I agree with your point. The point of the Olympics is to have fun and play some sports. However, political issues will come up, look at previous Olympics and you will see. No matter where you are, issues like the main one right now will occur. The best we can do is try to keep it peaceful.

  • Sean McMinimee

    There is no deny that the Olympics are a perfect setting for political dissent. Every worldwide sporting event whether it be the winter olympics, summer olympics, or the world cup. With the world all paying such close attention to the games there is no doubt that it’s the perfect arena for protestors to have their voice heard. It shouldn’t be a goal of the games, but it is definitely something thats going to happen.

    • AndreaO_per4_BoydBence

      I agree with you, the Olympics open a gate to express yourself and make yourself notice. Since a lot of events happen during it like you said, protestors, there are a lot of cameras around so that make sit easier to capture the events and make it to world wide news.

    • Tayla_k_4BoydBence

      I agree, political discussions are going to happen we can’t stop people from expressing themselves, but I think the games are not meant for political issues, they are meant for the athletes to compete and show their abilities and their talent.

    • AshmeetS_3BoydBence

      i kinda agree because it has been proven all over the world that whenever there is a big event….during the Olympics, NBA Finals, Superbowl or anything else it’s still gonna happen, you might not even be able to stop that.

    • Alice_B_4boydbence

      The goal would be for there to be no reason for political dissent, but of course, that’s unlikely to happen for some time. With racism, sexism, and homophobia still rampant in our society–a society that one could argue is designed to support such forms of oppression–it’s up to us to change both ourselves and do what is possible to change other countries’ beliefs and laws.

    • GianS_Per2_BoydBence

      The Olympics are the most watched event in the world, so it is easy to protest and draw attention to the political issues going on. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, yes, but the Olympics wasn’t created to be a political stadium.

  • AndreaO_per4_BoydBence

    Nations come together during the Olympics to compete and defend their country. “The mission of the IOC is to promote Olympism throughout the world and to lead the Olympic Movement” During these games there is a great opportunity to make political statements and we need to understand that it is our job as citizens to promote the civil rights that are given to us. Even though Russia doesn’t support gay rights we still need to promote our respective nation rights while in the Olympics.

  • Daniel Voytovich

    The Olympics are the one event that garners attention from all corners of the world every other year. World class athletes, from over one hundred countries around the world represent their nationalities with pride while competing in the sport they love. Because this gains so much world wide attention, I think the Olympics should be a platform for politics, not in a way that undermines the athletic aspect of the games. The games are still meant to be a platform for athletes to show their skills, however they should be allowed to represent beliefs they have; Even if their beliefs delve into politics. The IOC doesn’t allow any sort of free speech statements, even if they are in support of fallen countrymen or athletes. These rules need to change as the times are changing.

    • RaagP_4BoydBence

      I agree with you, but then I don’t agree with you. I think that it is wrong that there is no free speech in the olympics, but on the contrary, it is kind of good. What I mean is that, what if China want’s to do propaganda, and wants other nations to join them in communism. We wouldn’t care, but it is annoying and we are supposed to be playing together/against each other, not trying to convince other nations to join them. Also, we just would like for the nations to leave their politics, and that kind of stuff inside their countries, or when there are time where it would make sense.

  • carlos a

    I think that politics should be involved in the olympics because they have been involved in the past plenty of time. The focus on the games will not go away or be over shadowed but I believe it could make the games more competitive. http://politics.theguardian.com/politicspast/page/0,9067,892902,00.html

    • Tayla_k_4BoydBence

      I disagree with you, the olympics are already competitive enough. Including politics will only cause issues, not competitions. The olympics are meant to bring the nations together not to divide them.

    • Tclark-2boydbence

      Carlos,

      I also disagree that we should encourage the use of the olympic games as a platform for expressing political opinions. The games are already very competitive, and it should be athletes competing for the gold, not political messages. It does take away from the games when instead of celebrating these athletes accomplishments we are arguing about politics. As put in this article (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/02/05/machiavelli-meet-the-olympics/) “As the Olympics continue to dissolve into more of a political competition than an athletic competition, they no longer seem to justify the time and trouble.” This statement is very true and to keep this from further happening we need to focus on keeping the games about the sports, not the politics.

    • Christian H.

      Even if the Olympics have had politics involved in them for years it goes against its core values of competition between nations no matter the race or the time, Politics just clouds that and causes hate, injury, and death which have happened in the Olympics as a direct cause of nations political standings.

    • Daniel K Period_2 Shuttle

      Even thou it has occurred in the past, it doesn’t mean that it had a positive impact. Research says that many people who are asked if they have watched the olympics have. People chose to watch the olympics for entertainment and cheer, not for politics and arguing. Once again, there is a time and place for this if someone were to want to see this then they would chose to.

    • AlexW_2boydbence

      I disagree, countries have boycotted the olympics due to political problems with other countries. Which is really unfair to the athletes who have worked so hard to try to get there. Plus, how would it make the games more competitive? Oh, this guy is gay, better beat him, so he’ll feel humiliated and go straight. Yeah, No

    • CadenM_Per1_BoydBence

      I do not agree with you. the Olympics is a huge competition meeting of many great athletes I think that it should not be a place were people disagree but agree and have fun

    • JacobF_Per4_BoydBence

      I disagree. While it could make the games more competitive it will almost certainly draw at least some attention away from the games.

  • SpencerH_4

    I think that they should be able to bring world wide problems to the olympics because the entire world is watching the olympics so why not put little spurs of world wide problems into the olympics? I think its a great idea to bring world wide problems into the olympics because everyone is watching and its not like a country can run away from something being addressed because they cant just leave the olympics! But one thing is that the olympics aren’t for world wide problems so they shouldn’t focus everything on them but some of the time yes but the rest of the time its on the games. ;)

  • Dylan_L_period3Bence/Boyd

    The Olympics should absolutely not have political problems in them. This is the one time every 2 years when the entire world comes together for peace. When you bring political problems into this is defeats the purpose. I mean in WWII the 1936 Olympics were held in germany and all fighting stopped and they enjoyed the games. http://www.cfr.org/culture-and-foreign-policy/politics-olympics/p16366
    This is by far the most famous Olympics simply because they did stop fighting. Of course everyone knew what was going on but they tried their best to not bring up the politics.

  • BellaP_3boydbence

    If you ask most sports fans if they have watched the olympics a good percent of people will say that they have. If you ask anyone if they have heard of the olympics almost everyone will say yes. My opinion is that you shouldn’t bring politics into the olympics. Although I think politics should be apart of everyones lives I also think that the Olympics should be about the athletes and rooting for your team. I think that politics can be brought up in other sports but the Olympics are such a big deal to a lot of people. On top of that the athletes have worked so hard to get where they are today and all eyes should be on them.”The modern Olympic games were first held in Athens, Greece in 1896 as a way to bring nations together for a more peaceful world” This quote stood out to me because I think this is how it should be today. Everyone has different political views but I think that the olympics should be a day of peace.

  • AshmeetS_3BoydBence

    I think the only reason the Olympics were made was because bring nations together and amazing athletes around the world. The olympics should be in everyones day to day lives when they come up, it’s about rooting for the team you want to win. There can be a lot of political conflicts in other sports but there shouldn’t be any during the Olympics it’s that so many people watch them and it might not make them happy. “The modern Olympic games were first held in Athens, Greece in 1896 as a way to bring nations together for a more peaceful world” This quote stood out to me because I think this is how it should be today. Everyone has different political views but I think that the olympics should be a day of peace.

  • RaagP_4BoydBence

    I personally do not like it when politics are involved in anything that the world is doing together.
    Politics and the Olympics

    ‘No kind of demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda is permitted in the Olympic areas’
    So says chapter 5 of the Olympic charter. But the modern Olympic movement has had to contend with wars, boycotts, protests, walkouts and even terrorist attack.

    This is from the guardian, which is a newspaper in UK. It is actually against the Olympic rules to allow politics to be in the Olympics. The olympics is a time where countries around the world are capable of. When the olympics take place its a time where we come together, and unite.

  • Tayla_k_4BoydBence

    “The modern Olympic games were first held in Athens, Greece in 1896 as a way to bring nations together for a more peaceful world. But since then, the Olympics have often been used as a platform to promote political ideologies.” The Olympics are meant to bring the nations together, for friendly competitions and certainly not for political issues. The Olympics are a friendly competition, Politics will only cause disagreement and fights. The olympics are not the place nor the time for politics. “At an International Olympic Committee ceremony held in early February before the start of the Sochi Olympics, IOC President Thomas Bach appealed to nations to leave their political differences at the door.” overall, the olympics are just meant for friendly competitions amongst Nations, not for politics. As said on the timeline, in the 1920 olympics the olympic symbol of the five rings connected was shown for the first time. it symbolized the 5 continents coming together.

  • Tclark-2boydbence

    The olympics, while being an effective stage for political messages like that, is not the right place to do so. Think of it like wanting a new phone , you could steal it from someone and that would be an effective way to have that phone, but that is definitely not the right way to get it. The olympics is a friendly way to compete and unify nations across the globe and not supposed to be a stage for political messages. The whole point of the olympics is putting politics aside and it makes no sense to go against that by promoting political messages. As said by IOC President Thomas Bach, “Have the courage to address your disagreements in a peaceful direct political dialogue and not on the backs of the athletes.”

    Here is a link to an interactive timeline of controversial political events from past Olympics. (http://www.cfr.org/culture-and-foreign-policy/politics-olympics/p16366)As you can see this is nothing new. From Black americans winning and raising their hands in the Black power salute, to the gay propaganda ban in Sochi. People have used it as a way to spread messages and make statements, good or bad. We have to realize this is not in the spirit of the games. Opinions can divide us and the Olympics were meant to peacefully unite us no matter our differences.

    For these reasons I believe that Political views should been left at the door. We should enjoy the competition between nations and celebrate the athletes and their achievements. there are other places to discuss political views.

  • Alma Lancaster

    I agree with Fiona boomer but it shouldn’t be like thst

  • Dezha

    I feel like politics should be left out of the Olympics. The athlete shouldn’t have to carry their countries political views into the competition. But then again I also think it depends on the political situation thats being brought

    • Daniel K Period_2 Shuttle

      I agree and disagree. I say yes that politics should be left out, but it shouldn’t depend on the occasion. There is a time and place for the topic of politics, but a competition about sports and athleticism isn’t the right time, but then again if it were to be peaceful and in the correct manner, perhaps it wouldn’t impact the others as much as it would if it were out loud.

    • BellaP_3boydbence

      I agree with you. I agree that politics should be left at the door but I don’t think all the athletes have politics on their mind. They go for the award, something they have worked for, for a very long time. http://espn.go.com/olympics/winter/2014/story/_/id/10411988/2014-sochi-olympics-georgian-athletes-arrive-political-wrangling

    • Dylan_L_period3Bence/Boyd

      I agreed with you until you until you said it depended on the political situation. I mean sure the Olympics is the perfect place to bring political problems you want to the world to hear, to be heard because everyone is watching. That being said, the Olympics are a time for peace and that is how it was always meant to be. In Ancient Greece when the Olympics first started, all wars that were happening at that time stopped in their tracks and there was peace among the city states. If even Sparta, one of the fiercest armies ever, could follow those simple guidelines I think that everyone can. Even Hitler did. In the 1936 Berlin summer Olympics the war that was happening at that time just stopped. http://www.cfr.org/culture-and-foreign-policy/politics-olympics/p16366 Which you can see by this link. The countries of the world knew what was happening of course, but they knew this was a time for peace, fun, and games. So under no circumstances should war or anything political be brought into the Olympics.

    • Alice_B_4boydbence

      An athlete shouldn’t have to be used as a puppet to voice their country’s beliefs, no. But their own? Of course they should, provided they’re comfortable with doing so and are well-informed. You know something is messed up when sports come before a person’s rights.

    • David_N_2

      Great point, Dezha!
      I agree that the athlete should not be the poster of his or her counties politics. The athlete has enough pressure without the disgrace of their country raising up to discuss politics. it would be unfair to the audience and to the athlete, and it would lower that nations reputation if that nation were to decide to bring up politics. All in all, the Olympics is not the time for political conflicts, and would be outrageous if politics were to arise.

    • Luke_A_Period3

      Agreed. We should leave our differences at the door in the spirit of unity. If we do not do this then the games will just become a place for everyone to use as a platform and they will lose their value.

    • AlexW_2boydbence

      I agree with you, most of politics should be left out of the olympics. But I guess it does depend on the issue on a personal level.

    • JacobF_Per4_BoydBence

      I agree and disagree. The olympians shouldn’t have to promote their country’s beliefs. They should have the choice to as long as it doesn’t detract from the games themselves. I however don’t agree that it depends on the issue. I don’t think we should allow some political issues to slide by while making a big deal over others.

  • Guest

    The absolute best way to get people to change their ways is through peer pressure, according Psychologist Brett Laursen, PhD, Jean T. Shope, PhD and T.E. Dielman, PhD. That means that there are 7.046 billion humans who are all extremely dependent and influenced by each other. Out of that 7.046 billion, 3.5 billion people, nearly half the world’s population, watch the Olympics. With that being said, it would be practically impossible for such largely debated issues, like homosexuality, not to snake their way into such a large event.
    There have been many times in the past in which certain countries came under the hands of some terrible power, such as Germany in the 1930’s, and most countries left them to their own accord, until it was too late. Had the world tried to speak out against it from the start, the holocaust might not have occurred. It would be good if different countries stopped other countries from bringing the unnecessary prejudice and destruction of people.
    Therefore I say that it should be perfectly allowed to have peaceful protests in the Olympics, both political and athletic. However, if at any time the protests turn violent, then there should be an intervention, in order to keep peace between countries.

    • BellaP_3boydbence

      I agree with you, this made me really think over my opinion. I realize that now if it is peaceful protesting I think that could maybe be a good thing but not everyone is up for that. More and more people just want to cut to the chase and I don’t think the Olympics is the place to do that. I really liked this link below because I also think it is very important we focus on our athletes. http://www.adn.com/2014/02/13/3320396/mike-dingman-focus-should-be-on.html

    • Melody_M_2

      i disagree, i think every type of issue should be forgotton during these games. weather the protests are violent or not they shouldnt be brought up until the games are over. the comment above points out that the olympics are not the place for political issues.

    • Nicholas_M_Period1

      I completely agree! The Olympic’s can be a stage of political issues and can push for change in places (in some cases the whole world) that need it. For example LGBT rights which are being subtlety hinted out throughout the games and this is wonderful! It changes peoples perspective when they see highly regarded people thinking something different than they do and may even change their mind (which is what we hope for).

  • ChristenW_4BoydBence

    The absolute best way to get people to change their ways is through peer pressure, according Psychologist Brett Laursen, PhD, Jean T. Shope, PhD and T.E. Dielman, PhD. That means that there are 7.046 billion humans who are all extremely dependent and influenced by each other. Out of that 7.046 billion, 3.5 billion people, nearly half the world’s population, watch the Olympics. With that being said, it would be practically impossible for such largely debated issues, like homosexuality, not to snake their way into such a large event.

    There have been many times in the past in which certain countries came under the hands of some terrible power, such as Germany in the 1930’s, and most countries left them to their own accord, until it was too late. Had the world tried to speak out against it from the start, the holocaust might not have occurred. It would be good if different countries stopped other countries from bringing the unnecessary prejudice and destruction of people.

    Therefore I say that it should be perfectly allowed to have peaceful protests in the Olympics, both political and athletic. However, if at any time the protests turn violent, then there should be an intervention, in order to keep peace between countries.

  • Jalen Lewis

    I think the Olympics should not be a Stage for Political Dissent. This distracts both the athletes and the spectators away from the sports being playing. This also can cause for other events to be overlooked because a person speaks out in their certain event. Sports are sports and they should stay that way.

    • Daniel K Period_2 Shuttle

      I completely agree with you. It says that many people have been talking about the political problems. Doing this will make the contestants and the judges to stray away from the actual thing which is the competition. If this were to go on, what wold be left of the olympics?

    • Alice_B_4boydbence

      Why are sports more important than human rights? Political dissent during the Olympics is a perfect way to raise awareness of issues people might otherwise be oblivious to. Take, for example, the 1968 Olympics where Tommie Smith and John Carlos won their respective events. When the went to receive their medals, they raised their fists in the black power salute, effectively raising awareness to inequality and showing their refusal to be ashamed for who they were. Although they were immediately dispatched, it didn’t matter–people had already seen it and the media was bound to turn it into a storm. If things like race or sexuality–basic components of who someone is–are made into an issue in a certain country where the Olympics are held, those affected by it are more than allowed to speak out.

    • David_N_2

      Jalen lewis, that was very meaningful!
      I give you my unconditional agreement. If a nation were to raise up a political issue in the middle of the games, then all the attention would center around the nation that erupted the disturbance. It would be a waste of everyone’s time to have such a event disturbed by political issues. Politics should never be brought up in the Olympics because, as you have stated, the sports are sports and should stay that way. We should try, by all means, keep the Olympics a joyous competition between our fellow nations!

    • TrinityS_Per3_BoydBence

      I agree entirely with you. The Olympics is supposed to be a series of games where we find who is the strongest and fastest. Trying to make it a place of inequality and argument takes away from the main purpose of the games. And if anyone sees it any other way, I would explain to them that The Olympics is pretty much like any other sport you play, except now there’s more people and more events in one place. Just because it’s an international tournament doesn’t make it a conference to discuss matters of civil rights and war. These are athletes, not congressmen, and they shouldn’t be forced to act as if they are.

    • Trent_H_Period3 Boyd?/Bence?

      Very true, having these petty disputes takes away the fun of just having these games.

  • Christian H.

    2ndBoydbence
    When looking at the rich history of the Olympics, they’ve all been dedicated to bringing people together. Throughout time the Olympics have brought people together in equality and harmony to compete. It was created around this principle among others. Politics though important shouldn’t be part of the Olympics its a distraction to its core values. Say in 1936, Germany had been given charge of the Olympics before the Nazi’s had fully taken over. By the time the Olympics had come around the Nazi’s and taken full control and through the events Hitler tried to bring his idea of racial superiority to the e through his people competing. Though he tried he failed in the end he was beaten by the athlete Jessie Jones an African American who won 4 gold medals. At the end of the Olympics Hitler refused to shake the mans hand because he was disproved. Politics are extremely prominent here. The Nazi’s made the goal of the Olympics to bring their way of thought to the entire world, its not the only time this has happened. In 1948 after World War’s and death the Olympics were held. The Soviet Union did not come to the games, and Germany along with Japan were not invited and in this time the Olympics took on a political side showing a countries political recognition and standing. In 1956 Chinese boycotted the committees inclusion of Taiwan, the Soviet Union invaded Hungary after it announced that it was withdrawing from the Warsaw pact, 3 European nations Spain,Switzerland, and the Nether lands withdrew all together in support of Hungary and it was in this event that the single most violent of all the events took place when Hungary and the Soviet Union met in a water polo semi-final round the game was finally called off by a referee after an exchange of violent kicks and punches. These are just a few, politics caused all of these events and they are the root cause. The core values of the Olympics, which are unity and competition between people no matter where from. Politics in the Olympics clouds the true meaning of the games.

    Resource:
    http://www.cfr.org/culture-and-foreign-policy/politics-olympics/p16366

  • PeytonP_4BoydBence

    The Olympics has had politics involved in it for many years, but it wasn’t advertised as much as it is this year. The Olympics were made to have peace between the different countries the world. Having politics involved takes away the fun of the friendly competition that the Olympics is known for. Yes I agree the things that are happening in other countries are important, and we should all be made aware of them, but not in this setting. As stated in the introduction, “Sport can only contribute to development and peace if it’s not used as a stage for political dissent or for trying to score points in … political contests..” The Olympics should stay how it is, a competition between amazing athletes and countries.

    Below is an attached picture of the countries that participate in the Olympic Games.

  • Daniel K Period_2 Shuttle

    Why would politics be brought into the Olympics? This competition is a competition about sports and athleticism not politics. This competition is meant to bring everyone together. Think about it, if we were to think only about the politics would the competitions even be a competition on sports? The olympics were made so everyone around the world can come together to compete as friends and not always think about the differences of each other. Perhaps if the Olympics were to focus and allow political speech and opinion, would the Olympics still be a sports competition? Would people even be able to focus on such a thing while competing about sports? I would think that The Olympics would fall apart and not even be for sports.

  • Melody_M_2

    In my opinion i think its wrong to bring poilitical issues into the olympics. the olympics is a place for multiple countries to get together and have friendly competition. if all political disputes are left aside it makes for a better olympic game. In greece, 1896, the first olympic games were held in efforts for a more peaceful world. when political issues are added into the mix, the original intent of the games are forgotton and it becomes a platform to premote political idealogies. in conclusion i think its best if all issues between countries are left behind for the duration of the olympic games.

    • MollyS

      Melody, I agree with everything that you said in your comment and the fact that countries should leave behind political differences and focus on athletics during the games. However, I do not think that that is a realistic expectation. It is not feasible to expect for all countries to be able to put aside their political differences and to interact based on athletics alone. Because of this, I think that it is ok for leaders to express their opinions such as president Obama’s refusal to attend. In conclusion, It would be better for the games if countries could put aside their differences and concentrait on athletics, but since this is not a feasable request it is alright for leaders to express their opininons during the games.

      • Beverly F.

        I agree with Molly in that although nations should not bring politics into the Olympics, it isn’t realistic. Personally, I actually think that the example Molly brought up, Obama refusing to attend because of the anti-gay legislation, was a choice that he made and I agree with his decision. That was his belief and I’m glad that he stood up for it. Since it really isn’t possible for countries to put aside their beliefs for the games (we’re human, what can I say?), I guess politics would have to play a role in the Olympics. However, in the wise words of a famous witch, “The whole point of the tournament is internation, magical cooperation.” (I hope you all noticed that was a reference to Hermione Granger from the Goblet of Fire movie.) Although the Triwizard Tournament involves magic, I kind of see it as the Olympics of the wizarding world, and I think Hermione was right. It’s all about cooperation. Politics can still play a role in the Olympics, as long as nothing too terrible happens.

      • Olivia

        I completely agree. Unfortunately, the games will probably always be like this. It would be great if the countries would put aside their differences, but there are so many opinions and differences to do so.

    • Jessi

      Melody, I agree with you. Weren’t the Olympics also created to provide entertainment as well? The political issues in the Olympics don’t provide entertainment. They provide stress for the different big countries’ governments.
      The games are also to show off and congratulate the athletes on the way they get there and how well they do.

      Molly, I see that you looked at the other side of the argument. It is hard to put aside political differences and opinions. It also isn’t very realistic for the different countries to avoid the political talk and the Olympics as well. I also agreet that is also alright for leaders to express their opinions during the games as well, even though I think that the government should not get involved.

      • ESigler-2boydbence

        Jessi, I liked your statement when you said that the Olympics were made for entertainment. Their purpose back in Greek in the 1800’s was to bring the countries together, but nowadays it is bringing them apart with the political competitions that are happening.

    • Olivia

      I completely agree. The focus should remain on the athletes; the politics can wait.

  • Alice_B_4boydbence

    When the platform and the audience is as great and varied as it is with the Olympics, and so long as it is relevant, politics has every reason to be discussed during that time. The anti-LGBT laws in Russia are severe and it would be cruel to expect members of the LGBT community to not be angry and to express that anger. While some argue not to fight fire with fire, what they’re really saying is “sit there and let me burn you and if you say a word about it I’ll invalidate and dehumanize you.” I’m all for unity when it’s actually unity, not some groups playing nice even though they fundamentally disagree with who someone is. Experts are saying that discussing LGBTQ+ rights during this time are a final effort to change President Putin’s mind on the issue. “Probably it’s our last chance to try to change this situation, to change attitudes of Russian society, to show people that we are not marginal sodomites,” said Konstantin Yablotskiy, co-chairman of the Russia LGBT Sports Federation. If interrupting a sporting event in order for a marginalized group to be treated like people is what it comes to, so be it.

  • Rachael P. 2nd BoydBence

    It’s that time of year again! The time where nations all around the world gather their greatest athletes and compete against one another. The time where people all around the world sit in anticipation as they watch their favorite team fight for the gold medal. The time for all nations and the people of those nations to come together. This event that takes place every two years is called the Olympics. This is a time for athletes to shine and unite the world as one, which is why I believe political issues should not be involved during the Olympics. The Olympics are made for very nation to attend and compete. Sadly, that doesn’t always happen, in 1948 the Soviet Union chose not to come and “Germany and Japan were not invited.” That’s not the only time this has occurred. Egypt, Iraq, and Lebanon boycotted the games protesting against Israel’s invasion on Egypt. Along with the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Spain boycotting to protest Soviet Union’s invasion of Hungary in the 1956 games. Over the years countries have boycotted and purposely not gone or been invited. The politics of the world shouldn’t interfere the chance for these athletes to do what they have worked so hard to do. Athletes start at a young age, Michael Phelps started swimming at 7, Gabrielle Douglas started gymnastics at the age of 6. They prepare all their lives for that chance to shine. You must be a very hard worker, determined and talented to make it to the Olympics. Once you get there, you have to give it all you’ve got but if your team never goes how are you suppose to win? If for all you have worked for crumbles because some dispute happens or protests begin how would you feel? These athletes deserve the chance to prove what they got but how can they if never given the chance. Bringing politics into the Olympics causes issues that can leave major consequences for the athletes. All problems should be put aside for those days of the events. Let the athletes live out their dreams!

  • Alice_B_4boydbence

    Here is my timeline of the incident at the 1968 Olympics. http://www.timetoast.com/timelines/804389

  • CallieH_2BoydBence

    Politics don’t belong in the Olympic Games. For example, in the 1940 and 1944 games, they were both canceled due to war. It’s a friendly competition. Ancient Greece put aside differences for it. Why can’t we? It’s just that. Friendly competition. It’s sad. We can’t just get along. Friction has to come between us and a friendly competition. The issues should be bit aside and the games continued. In a time of war or despair, that’s what’s needed. A little bit of fun. We could all use a bit of the joy that comes with the occasional game once in a while. The Olympics are not an outpost of our government offices. Let’s keep it that way.

    And so I say, let the games begin!

  • ClaireG_4boydbence

    The Olympic Museum discuses in a document that the Olympic Games are part of a broad frame work called the Olympic Movement. The Movement states the following purposes of the games: “link sport and culture with education; promote the practice of sport and the joy found in effort; help to build a better world through sport practiced in a spirit of peace, excellence, friendship and respect.” With that being said, the Olympics is not the appropriate place to put attention on political issues and start political debates. It is clearly stated, by several sources connected to the Olympic Games, that the games were created to bring nations together, even if only for a short amount of time, not fire shots at one another over political differences. If it is necessary for a political issue to be brought up, it would be most respectful and appropriate to handle it quietly and not let it overshadow the true meaning of the games. We are supposed to be recognizing and encouraging the athletes hard work and dedication, internationally. So please, leave your political issues at the door or don’t come at all!

    Here is the link of the document written by the Olympic Museum http://www.olympic.org/Documents/Reports/EN/en_report_668.pdf

  • Luke_A_Period3

    The Olympics were made to unify the world and its countries through sports and athletic competition. Political dissents should be left at the door. Russia made a judgement call in banning Pro-Homosexuality propaganda. This decision was made to protect the innocence of the Children of Sochi. Although I believe that same sex marriage should be legal, I stand behind the decision of the Russians; just as I would if they banned pro-propaganda for something that I believe in. Russia did not rob the human rights of anyone. I stand behind Russia and their decision. Political Dissent should have been left at the door by the LGBT community in the spirit of unity.

  • JasminR_3BoydBence

    I really enjoy watching the Olympic. There are amazing athletic and see all the different cultures is fascination to watch, but it does bring out political issues between countries. people find the opportunity to bring them up because of how many people watch the games. the beginning of politic in the Olympic was in 1906 at Athens. An irish athletic competed for Great Britain he received a golden medal for the triple jump, but he didn’t want to be a english competitor but a ish competitor. He climbed up to the Olympic flag pole and waved a irish flag. I believe that the Olympic games were meant to bring nation together for a fun competition.We should focus on the athletic, and what they have to bring to the competition. politic in the games have also come with good things in 1923 it was the first Olympic where girls were allowed to compete in track & field. The games werent meant to discuss and argue about political issues. Therefore the Olympics games were meant to create a more peaceful world with competition.

  • KaraP_Per2_BoydBence

    Politics can be a messy game. In politics there is a lot of controversy and unfair play.
    When we bring those topics into the Olympics it has the potential to be a lot
    more than just a debate, and instead of causing some controversy it can cause
    violence. Politics always has the potential to cause violence, but bringing it
    to the Olympics heightens the risks. It is a place where many different
    cultures meet, which can make solving problems difficult. If you look on the
    following website you can see many violent things that have happened at the
    Olympics. One of them being in 1972 when a Palestinian terrorist killed 2
    athletes and took 9 hostages that ended up dying.
    http://www.cfr.org/culture-and-foreign-policy/politics-olympics/p16366
    Not every country is as stable as America and we need to
    realize that. Many countries have terrorist attacks or riots daily or weekly;
    to many of them it is a common occurrence. We can’t control what others do, but
    we can control what we do. We should leave politics alone while at the Olympics
    so that we can enjoy the peaceful competition we were intended to.

  • TrinityS_Per3_BoydBence

    The Olympics was made for the best athletes around the world to compete against one another to see who was the best. Nowhere, at any point in time was it meant to be a place to segregate or judge one another because of who they are or what they look like. From the first international olympic games all the way to the late 1960’s, people of color didn’t have the same chances to compete as people of lighter skin. (For more information about the history of politics in the Olympics, check out the link below) As of today, the playing field had evened out, and all ethnicities and countries can be seen on the playing field. But the new conflict is about interests, and the gender that these interests are directed towards. Just as segregation against “blacks” had a great interference with the purpose and atmosphere of the games, it is doing the same against the gay community. I feel that trying to involve politics in the games takes away from the environment that it’s supposed to bring. What people feel that is right and wrong in other people shouldn’t take place in the Olympics.

    Politics and the Olympics: http://www.cfr.org/culture-and-foreign-policy/politics-olympics/p16366

  • AlexW_2boydbence

    The Olympics are not meant for political issues. The Olympics are like family reunions. We may not all like each other, but we should at least try. No matter which angle you see it from, there have always been politics intertwined with the Olympics. As shown in this time line here: http://www.cfr.org/culture-and-foreign-policy/politics-olympics/p16366 . In spite of history, the Olympics should be a time for peace, friendly competition, and good sportsmanship. This is not politics where it’s anything but.

  • Andrea Lulich

    I believe that the Olympics should be a place where borders are dissolved and people can be friends despite a difference in citizenship or language. Athletes should be able to befriend each other. It is a celebration of sports and a world community. The problem is that it does involved the world community. A political fight here and there is inevitable. The Olympics need to focus on the sports, but passive aggressive bickering cannot be avoided. Throughout history, many hosts have involved politics in some way. It shouldn’t happen, but there is nothing that we can do about it.

    • Trent_H_Period3 Boyd?/Bence?

      100% agree, we should all come together as one nation and have peace during this time.

  • Zach Lewis

    I don’t hold strong opinion either way because it doesn’t matter whether the Olympics have politics involved or not. Some of the best moments in Olympics’ history have been politically motivated, such as when the American ice hockey team defeated Russia in 1980. Of course, the Olympics is just a sporting event and shouldn’t be taken that seriously by politicians in terms of using it as a political outlet. Whether or not a nation’s leader chooses to let politics influence their feelings towards the Olympic games or not shouldn’t matter. Individuals can choose to support the Olympic games or to not support the Olympic games, but it is ultimately up to everyone to decide how they decide their priorities; which is more important to you, making a political statement, or being a part of the Olympics?

    • JTM_3boydbence

      I really don’t agree with you. Because politics are what spoil the Olympics.Thats why when the olympics first started they had a truce made by the greeks.

    • JacobF_Per4_BoydBence

      I don’t agree. While it’s not really possible to prevent it draws a lot of attention away from the games themselves and shouldn’t happen.

  • Alex

    I think that the Olympics should be used to bring nations together for fun and celebration. Rather than creating greater tensions by discussing politics and such. If they wanted to debate politics, sports are the wrong way to express political opinions. Check out our analysis of the Olympics here: http://olympicstextanalysis.wikispaces.com/Do+You+Really+Care%3F

  • Julia

    I think it’s wrong to use the Olympics to bring up political issues, but I think that its inevitable that the Olympics will remain a stage for political dissent. Even though the games are intended to be a chance for unity, as in any type of game, each team wants to win and bad sportsmanship tends to lead to the criticizing of other teams. In this case, countries like to focus on the flaws of other countries, perhaps to assure themselves that there team is still better than the others. Countries like to show each other how superior they are and, if the best players they have can’t win a medal, they’ll find something else to pick on to make their country the best. So, even though, politics in the Olympic Games is wrong, it’s a natural reaction for countries to focus only on the problems of the competition.

    • RaagP_4BoydBence

      I agree with you. There are laws for these kind of things. But, we can’t do much to prevent these things. If a country really wanted to do something like this, then we can just dock of points. But, I think we need to have more punishments for these kind of things,

    • Shemar_D_2

      Yes it is wrong to bring up political issues. This will leave other countries behind like Jamaica who can never participate. Countries can tell their people what they want their people to believe it is not our job to teach them about the world.

    • trevorosterhout bence boyd

      yes i think that Olympic should be a time for nation to set aside her differences and compete in games where nation come together in peace and settle their problem after the Olympics

    • Trent_H_Period3 Boyd?/Bence?

      I agree, we should not be fighting during this time but come together and just enjoy the games.

  • Ben Cady

    Although the Olympics are supposed to be a place where nations set aside their differences and enjoy competing against each other in a friendly manner, it is far to tempting to capitalize on the golden opportunity to promote your ideals when the world is in one place. We also cannot change the rules and beliefs of another country just because they are different than our own. Although it is still awful, Russia’s discrimination of gays has only become a publicly known issue since the Olympics began, but this discrimination has been going on for decades. Why wasn’t this an issue with the world before? It’s because it didn’t directly affect us before. For most people, if it doesn’t concern them, they couldn’t care less.

    • RaagP_4BoydBence

      I uhgree

    • taylor_w_2nd

      I see your point, Ben. Before the Olympics started no one payed attention to the discrimination and they didn’t care. the thing we have to think about is; Is the Olympics the time, or place, to suddenly bring up this mess of political views? in my opinion, its not. This “drama” is distracting us from the main focus of friendly competition and togetherness that only happens twice a decade.

    • CadenM_Per1_BoydBence

      I don’t really agree with you . When politics come into something most of the time it is not friendly and kind . yes there must be debates but there are times were that it is not required.

    • HunterE_Per 2_BoydBence

      Yes. Who do we think we are to want to change the rules and beliefs of another country just because they are different than our own? What are people coming to nowadays? I mean, are humans that naive to want to ruin something so perfect?

  • taylor_w_2nd

    I believe that politics should definitely not be included into the Olympics because they aren’t the main focus of the games. The Olympics is a great bonding time for the nations and should be peaceful and civil. Bringing politics into this would take away the peoples attention towards the athletes who have been working hard all their lives, and would force them to focus on the bad of the world. All the times that politics have been involved they have brought nothing but trouble. I strongly believe that we should keep the Olympics as a safe heaven and zone free of the drama of politics to focus on coming together. As President Thomas Bach said “Sports can only contribute to development and peace if it’s not used as a stage for political dissent or for trying to score points in … political contests,”.

  • gehresj

    The Olympics are referred to as games for a reason. Politics are not required to compete in these games. Athletes train most of their lives for a chance to show their talent on the world stage and to compare themselves to other competitors. Politics and values should not be another competitor they have to face. The Olympics are also an opportunity to leave differences behind, and to break down cultural barriers so countries all over the world can feel like part of a network of brotherhood. Russia does have anti-gay laws, and they are hosting the Olympics, but that does not mean their laws will change how the games are played whatsoever. There are many countries whose laws not everyone agrees with, but they are free to host the games and give the world a show. Is it not ironic that our athletes and political leaders are showing hate for Russian discrimination by showing discrimination also?

    http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/olympics/bondy-missing-leaders-games-behin-olympic-games-article-1.1605471

    • ESigler-2boydbence

      I completely agree with this statement. Politics do not need to be playing a role into games. Any athlete with talent should be able to compete in these games. Who is to tell the gay one that they can’t? They are just as good as the next guy. Whether they are gay or not is not anyone’s concern but theirs.

    • trevorosterhout bence boyd

      i agree i thing that the Olympics are like you said games not a time for politics so the athlete should compete in the game and politics should wait till after the games are over

    • CadenM_Per1_BoydBence

      I agree the Olympic games are games not politics the Olympics should not be a whole game about debates were people fight instead of have fun

    • JTM_3boydbence

      I agree with you. There have been a Olympic truce since the greeks city states were the only ones participating in them.

  • ESigler-2boydbence

    The Olympics to me need to remain just a fun competition. I don’t feel like politics need to be apart of the games. Anyone should be able to compete in the Olympics. We are all just human. “The modern Olympic games were first held in Athens, Greece in 1896 as a way to bring nations together for a more peaceful world.” This is a quote from this article. The modern day Olympics have become the complete oposite of what the original purpose was.

  • CadenM_Per1_BoydBence

    The Olympics should remain a fun competition not a fight about politics. The Olympics is a worldwide well known thing and should remain that way if politics were brought in every Olympic games it wouldn’t be games anymore and people would start to stop caring about it as much. In the name Olympic games no were does it state political or debate or anything close to that matter. Each time the Olympics are held in different area with different people. I think that we should accept that if the Olympics had people who fought over politics for a Olympic sport few people would really care at that point and would watch the games. Yes sometimes there are moments were politics are important and I understand that but the Olympic games is not the place for it.

  • DevonD_2boydbence

    I dont think that you should bring political issues into the olympics. This isnt the time to approach the other countries about the conflicts you have with them. We just need to leave our conflicts behind us for this competition. The olympics is a time where all the countries come together and compete for world wide titles, not where we come in and discuss about how we dont agree on one another country decisions. The article I put below states how the political issues are now on the rise at the olympics.

    http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2014/02/21/political-issues-are-rise/1G6E1YTL5p4GVU7e6AITtJ/story.html

  • Beezer Kitty

    In my opinion, no politics should not be brought into the Olympics. The Olympics is about countries gathering together to compete in sports, not about political affairs. There is a time and a place for everything and frankly, this is not the place.

    • JohannaS_BoydBence2

      Beezer,
      I agree with you completely. The olympic committee should should look into finding ways to keeps politics out for the time being.

    • HunterE_Per 2_BoydBence

      Yes. Politics would just ruin what the olympics is all about. Let it just be about the games, not politics.

  • IsabellaV_3boydbence

    I believe that political issues should not be brought into the Olympics. The Olympics were original made for friendly competition to bring all of the countries together. We have these games to bond with all of the other countries. The athletes train for years to compete, not for political views to come in the middle of them. Politics should not come in and steal the show from the games. In the cfr.org timeline of the Olympics it said, “The modern Olympic games were first held in Athens, Greece in 1896 as a way to bring nations together for a more peaceful world” We were brought together to become a more peaceful world, not to be torn apart by our differences.

  • Ram Miles Josh

    I think that the olympics shouldn’t involve politics because it’s meant to be a uniting, friendly, assembling of the world where we all get to play a few games.

    • JohannaS_BoydBence2

      I agree with you, the olympics aren’t meant to gain publicity for politics.

    • DorianM_3boydbence

      ram miles josh I agree with you in the greek times the Olympics were made for a time of peace not war. Politics shouldn’t be what we are focus on when we watch the olympics we should be focused on Entertainment of the Olympics.

    • DuncanS_3BoydBence

      I agree the Olympics is a place to watch the athletes performances for enjoyment. It’s not enjoyable to hear about these other things.

  • Christy C.

    It truly is wrong to bring in politics into the Olympics. The Olympics were created to have fun, and enjoy. Take a BREAK from POLITICS. The Greeks created this not only to worship their goddess Nike, but also to enjoy themselves (excluding women). This game was brought back, to have other countries at least enjoy themselves and have world peace. But, do we really want to have war between each other by sparking it during the Olympics. And literally destroy world peace? I say no. The countries set aside their conflicts, so they can at least enjoy something. In all, politics should not be brought into the olympics.

    • JohannaS_BoydBence2

      Christy,
      I agree with you 100% and think you make an interesting point here. If we are not able to set aside our politics for a few weeks every few years for this event, we could in fact strike up a war. This year is all about Russia’s anti-gay laws, and I’ve seen several countries take a stab in defense. One of these was this Norway commercial (http://tinyurl.com/ked95hu) where they basically tell Russia “We don’t care about your laws.” Although it’s a small gesture, you never know how much it’d take to set off a war.

    • ChristenW_BoydBence

      I disagree with your statement, Christy, because for one
      thing, it would be nearly impossible for politics not to get involved, and for
      another, if might be good for different countries to influence each other. That
      way if one country is distorted, then another’s citizens might find a way to
      turn them around. Lastly, we don’t have world peace anyway, so adding a bit politics
      wouldn’t hurt the world.

    • DuncanS_3BoydBence

      I agree the Olympics is a place for the Athletes and their performances for people to watch and enjoy. It ruins it to have to hear about all this other stuff during the Olympics. Plus it puts the Athletes under a lot more stress and afects their performance.

  • Lindsay L

    Political issues need to stay in your country and they need not be brought into the Olympics. The Olympics are about competition and politics are not an issue in this area or time.

    Dustin Mott: I believe that the Olympics should be a political ground, countries could resolve issues through the sports rather than conflicts. Further more the Olympics have provided a suitable competition ground for many countries political or not.

    • MaggieS-2boydbence

      I agree with you completely! politics should stay in your country where they were started and were they should end.

    • JTM_3boydbence

      You are right one hundred and ten precent . They have been leaving politics out of the olympics since they began.

    • DorianM_3boydbence

      Lindsay L i agree with you politics should stay within your own country. The olympics weren’t made for politics they were made for Entertainment

    • ChristenW_BoydBence

      It doesn’t matter what we used to do. When we didn’t bring politics
      into the Olympics in the past terrible
      things happened, like the holocaust/WWII. So we know for certain that not
      bringing politics into the Olympics won’t help the world, if not make it worse.

  • RZ for life!

    we think that the Olympics is a place for the people of the world to be happy,and come together in friendly entertainment and competition.

  • MaggieS-2boydbence

    I believe that the Olympics should be were you leave political “drama” at the door. when the Olympics were first established if Greece it was a time that all city-states left there anger and harshness at the door and they all came together to compete. This is how they wanted it and i think its only right to continue that tradition. But we haven’t been the best at this. Take this year as an example. Russia is a ver suppressive country, recently they have passed a non gay propaganda and this has raised lots of conservers. People don’t think that this should be brought into the Olympics and i agree.

  • MichelleS_3_boydbence

    Political issues should not be involved in the Olympics. “The modern Olympic games were first held in Athens, Greece in 1896 as a way to bring nations together for a more peaceful world.”-KQED Do Now Olympics. Since the Olympics were originally a way to bring together nations to form a more peaceful world, I believe that it shouldn’t be used for political arguments. I agree with IOC President Thomas Bach when he asked in February at the International Olympic Committee ceremony that all nations leave their political differences at the door. Political issues should be discussed in a peaceful manner, and not to be discussed or argued upon the backs of the athletes. The athletes train for years to be in the Olympics. They do not go to the Olympics to hear all the arguments between nations. The athletes go to the Olympics to compete and have fun while doing what they love. On the website http://www.cfr.org/culture-and-foreign-policy/politics-olympics/p16366 it says that in 1936 the Olympics were held in Berlin. Hitler refused to shake hands with Owens. This was not nice on Hitler’s part and he should have not brought his political differences to the Olympics. Everyone should be treated equally.

  • taylors_4boydbence

    In my opinion, I think it is wrong to try and make political issues part of olympics. In the timeline video it shows how since the beginning it was a time for us to come together in competition and make it about the sports. It’s a time people want to watch people do what they have been training for, for 4 years and possible doing their whole lives. Now is not the time to bring up and make known about your political issues. For example russia and their no gay rules. If you don’t want gays in your country then don’t host the olympics. People shouldn’t have to hide who they are just so they can compete it’s unfair and childish they will be gone as soon as the olympics are over. It’s like saying if you blonde you are not allowed to compete in china so you have to wear a black or brown wig or go bald or not compete. It”s not fair to the competitors to hide who they are just because you don’t like it. They are there to first of all fulfill their dreams and put on a show for the world. If your going to have those kinds of laws then don’t host the olympics it shouldn’t be allowed or it should be temporarily postponed. When you bring up political issues it takes away from the competitions and people from other countries don’t really care about your politics issues they just want to watch the olympics and cheer for their country.

  • lilliand_3_boydbence

    I believe that we should not bring polititics into the Olympics because it’s really the only time all the countries can come together for some friendly competition. the athletes have worked for so long to come to the olympics and compete and thats really what the olympics are really about. so leave the problems behind when you come to a forgien country to support your team.

  • MaxP_3boyd_bence

    The Olympics have been around for thousands of years, there have always been feuds between countries and there still are feuds today. That doesn’t make it right; I don’t think the Olympics should be a place for politics. But over the years politics still interferes. According to the link below, in 1972 the games where hosted in Munich, Germany. It is here where a Palestinian terrorist killed 2 Jewish athletes and later the rest of the 9 hostages. Politics influenced him to target those athletes, and that is why I don’t think the Olympics should be a stage for politics. Still no matter what we do, politics and conflict emerge. The very next summer Olympics in 1976 hosted in Montreal, Canada. Over 20 African nations boycotted the Olympics due to the Olympic community allowing New Zealand to participate. Even after a tragic accident at the most recent summer Olympics, we still are bringing politics and conflict into it. We know a major problem is politics, yet we ignore it. And that is why we end up with tragedies at the Olympics. Politics and conflicts ignite and cause severe burns for nations. And that is why I don’t think the Olympics should be a stage for political dissent.

    http://www.cfr.org/culture-and-foreign-policy/politics-olympics/p16366

  • MarcusO_Per4_BoydBence

    In my opinion the political stand point of countries should stay out of the olympics. The olympics are meant to be competition not a sate light to broadcast a countries opinion in politics. Almost every time they have been involved they have brought nothing but trouble. http://uspolitics.about.com/od/politicaljunkies/a/olympics.htm

  • Maeve_K_Period2

    I think the purpose of the Olympics is to create unity among nations and to put aside our differences, and also to win medals of course. Not only do they unite nations, but they unite the people in a nation as well. During the olympics, people gather all over the world to cheer on their olympians to victory. Nobody is interested in any political conflicts or ideologies. Though it might be difficult to fully gain every nation to put aside their differences, we must strive to execute the original motive planned many years ago in Athens so the world can enjoy the Olympic games.

  • Nicholas_M_Period1

    I do believe we should include political issues at the olympics. Lets look at the 1968 Mexico olympics. The Black Power Salute is a symbol known world wide for black power and a fight for global equality. These are the things we needed to change then, and even now we aren’t equal and we see the gay right’s movement subtly within the Olympics held in Sochi. These things grab peoples attention and change minds throughout the world and I think we need MORE of this instead of trying to suppress this.

  • ErinB_2boydbence

    I believe that it’s wrong to bring political issues to the Olympics. The Olympics are supposed to be everyone coming together and having friendly competition! There are better things to be focusing on; like the athletes who have put their time and effort into the games! I believe Russia banning ‘gay propaganda’ was the right thing to do, because they don’t want there to be any political beliefs interfering with the games. I think bringing countries political issues to the Olympics is just extremely selfish. Everyone needs to leave their countries political issues and beliefs at the door, and enjoy the games.

  • JohannaS_BoydBence2

    The olympics should be a time of peace where politics aren’t relevant. However, that is highly unlikely because people have their own opinions and beliefs and they like to share them, which often leads into discussions or arguments about why who thinks what. Ideally, the olympics could invoke some sort of rule that put a certain boundary around where the olympics are being held. Almost like a temporary mini country. The olympic flag with the 5 interlocking rings was first introduced in 1920 as a way to show the 5 continents coming together after the war. This is what the flag should always represent. The olympic committee should look into making laws about olympics. For example, a certain boundary that encloses all olympic events and facilities chosen for this olympics should have their own set of peaceful laws. They could put in that the preexisting county’s laws should not take effect on olympians or anybody in these places during this time. I think it would take some tweaking, but it could work. We can’t completely hush people’s opinions about politics, but we could make it so politics are irrelevant during the olympics wherever it is. Then we can get back to their real meaning of bringing all nations together to compete in sport under the 5 interlocking olympic rings.

  • MadelynR_3boydbence

    Should it be allowed to bring up political issues at the
    Olympics? I think that it shouldn’t be brought up because the Olympics are made
    for different people around the world come together and compete in different
    events. With political issues in the way we wont focus on what the Olympics is
    all about. “Sport can only contribute to development and peace if it’s not
    used as a stage for political dissent or for trying to score points in …
    political contests,” he said. “Have the courage to address your disagreements
    in a peaceful direct political dialogue and not on the backs of the athletes.”
    This is stating that it shouldn’t be allowed because it can “contribute to
    development and peace if it’s not used as a stage for political dissent or for
    trying to score points”.

  • JTM_3boydbence

    I don’t think that we should push a side all of our differences for the olympic games. the games even in ancient greek times there wars and problems were set a side so that they could play the games. Why is this so hard to do. I could care less about what law Russia passes about gay rights I just want to watch the games.

    • Guest

      Jtm by you saying” I don’t think that we should push a side all of our differences for the olympic games” In that statemnt I disagree with you i believe Olympics were made for Entertainment not politics.

  • MaxP_3boyd_bence

    The Olympics have been around for thousands
    of years, there have always been feuds between countries and there still
    are feuds today. That doesn’t make it right; I don’t think the Olympics
    should be a place for politics. But over the years politics still interferes.
    According to the link below, in 1972 the games where hosted in Munich,
    Germany. It is here where a Palestinian terrorist killed 2 Jewish athletes
    and later the rest of the 9 hostages. Politics influenced him to target
    those athletes, and that is why I don’t think the Olympics should be a stage for
    politics. Still no matter what we do, politics and conflict emerge. The
    very next summer Olympics in 1976 hosted in Montreal, Canada. Over 20
    African nations boycotted the Olympics due to the Olympic community
    allowing New Zealand to participate. Even after a tragic accident at the
    most recent summer Olympics, we still are bringing politics and conflict
    into it. We know a major problem is politics, yet we ignore it. And that
    is why we end up with tragedies at the Olympics. Politics and conflicts
    ignite and cause severe burns for nations. And that is why I don’t think
    the Olympics should be a stage for political dissent.

    http://www.cfr.org/culture-and-foreign-policy/politics-olympics/p16366

  • DorianM_3boydbence

    The Olympics should be a fun time just to just chill out with your family.”The modern Olympic games were first held in Athens, Greece in 1896″ as a way to bring nations together for a more peaceful world. A time of peace in greek time they would use the olympics as a time of no war It would be peaceful. Why cant it by that way today politics shouldn’t be what were focused on we should be focused on peace . In 1920 the olympic flag with the 5 interlocking rings it was a way to show the 5 continents coming together after the war. This is what the flag should always represent. Aslo the Olympics were created to provide entertainment and a sense of community. The political issues in the Olympics isn’t what the Olympics stand for that they work so hard to build. This just cause stress for the different big countries’

    • HunterE_Per 2_BoydBence

      I agree with you so much. We shouldn’t bring politics into the olympics. If we do, we’d be ruining something so special. It wouldn’t be fun anymore like it is now. It would be about who is better and who deserves this and who deserves that. I don’t see how someone would want to ruin that.

    • DuncanS_3BoydBence

      I agree the Olympics is about the athletes and their performance not about debate. The Olympics is supposed to be fun to watch and enjoy. It’s less enjoyable if you have all this other stuff going on at the games. It’s not good for us or the Athletes.

    • ChristenW_BoydBence

      It doesn’t matter if we bring politics into the Olympics, because the world is pretty wrecked anyway. Focusing on peace isn’t going to prevent the crises in other countries, and the peer pressure of other countries might just make it better.

  • DorianM_3boydbence

    The Olympics should be a fun time just to just chill out with your family.”The modern Olympic games were first held in Athens, Greece in 1896″ as a way to bring nations together” They used the Olympics as a time of peace . It would be peaceful. Why cant it by that way today politics shouldn’t be what were focused on we should be focused on peace . In 1920 the olympic flag with the 5 interlocking rings it was a way to show the 5 continents coming together after the war. This is what the flag should always represent. Aslo the Olympics were created to provide entertainment and a sense of community. The political issues in the Olympics isn’t what the Olympics stand for that they work so hard to build. This just cause stress for the different big countries. We shouldnt be focus on what the country that host the olympics believes in. We dont live in that country.
    We should focus on having a good time.

  • JacobF_Per4_BoydBence

    I don’t think politics and the olympics should be involved in each other. The Olympics were created as a friendly competition not a time to debate and bring publicity to widely controversial topics. It takes the attention away from the competition and the athletes who spend all of their time training to compete. The Olympics should be about the sports, not the politics. It’s been that way since the beginning and should stay that way.

  • Trent_H_Period3 Boyd?/Bence?

    No, during the olympics we should all be one. We should not be having politics issues during this time. I believe that we during this time we should all come together and not be fighting.

  • DuncanS_3BoydBence

    I think the Olympics shouldn’t be considered a place for dissent because the Olympics is about the Athletes not about debate. The article says “Show the Olympics. Show the events, show the competition, show the athletes. This is the athletes’ moment. That’s really what it’s about.” The Olympics is about the Athletes and their performance. The Athletes are already under enough pressure as it is without political debate. With political debate the athletes have even more to stress which makes them do worse and more likely to mess up. It also distracts them and takes their focus away from their performance which effects the outcome and success of the games.

  • HunterE_Per 2_BoydBence

    I’m getting real sick and tired of people thinking politics needs to be in everything. Just for once, can we live in a world where nothing matters? Why do we have to live with people that think EVERYTHING is such a big deal.

    No, we do not need to bring politics into the olympics. That actually defeats the PURPOSE of the olympics. The olympics is about how all nations come together to be one big family and compete in games. Games that are supposed to be fun. Why ruin that?? The olympics is a great thing and we shouldn’t change it just because a handful of people overreact about things. Let the olympics do what it was made to do. Let people be happy.

  • JacobG_2_BoydBence

    The Olympic games are a time of coming together and acting as one. Not a time to bring tension and political issues. In this photo it shows what exactly is going on in Sochi and what these people are angry about. These are some of the many problems that are making the Olympics less enjoyable. In order to make these games more how they should be then these problems must be resolved. Olympic games are a time of fun filling events. When problems like these come across us then they cause even more problems for everyone else. These games are about the best of the best around the world so what good would it do to bring politics into the games?

  • JayWolf

    I think that America does have to show some backbone however I completely agree that the Olympics are the wrong place to throw our weight around, politically that is. In the games we should be kicking butt.

  • Stephanie Sanchez

    Political issues should not be brought up or be a platform of Olympic games. They only cause issues and tensions between nations. That is why President Obama and other international leaders did not attend the Olympics. One political issue that outraged leaders was when Russia banned “gay propaganda.” It not only outraged the leaders,but inspired human rights protests in cities around the world. The most offended leader opposing Russia’s policy was Obama. He not only didn’t show up, but sent 3 openly gay championship athletes to compete in the Olympics. Overall, the Olympics should be focused on sports events, not political issues!

  • corrina cowden

    @KQEDEdspace I believe that no matter how high up in the government you are, you should not be able to tell people what to believe in or what not to believe in. http://www.cartoonaday.com/winter-olympics-biathlon-sochi/ #DoNowOlympics #davisss

  • corrina cowden

    @KQEDEdspace I believe that people should be able to live their life like they want, not how other people want them to live. People that are homosexual may not agree with things that straight people say, but for some reason or another straight people play the immorality card and say that homosexuality is immorally wrong. that is why i believe that the politics should not get involved with the Olympics because it will cause a big argument. #DoNowOlympics #davisss

  • Sierra Spring

    I personally don’t think that holding any political issues and bringing them into the Olympics is not the best Idea. The stage is for athletic use only, in my opinion, and I think that if an Olympian or someone would like to share their political issues to the world, they should do so outside of the arena and on their own time so that people aren’t forced to listen.

  • Derek L

    I believe that even though people are fully entitled to their own opinions, I also strongly stand against those who would want to start a political debate at the Olympics. The Olympics are solely athletic events being conducted by the most talented. It should not be an excuse for people to start debates or accuse others on subjects that have no part in the Olympics. In my opinion, the people who are denouncing political ideals are also decreasing the value of the Olympics. This may be harsh but these people are essentially parasites, latching on to the high profile of the Olympics to highlight their own political agenda.

  • NWeix-1stboydbence

    I think that the olympics should be a time of peace between governments, rather then grounds for political debates, as this could lead to unfriendly competition and crude sportsmanship. For example, in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia’s Government had biased hate toward aboriginal people and took 8 years to apologize after one named Cathy Freeman got to light the torch and won medals, upon which they were still crude in behavior. This is not needed and it’s just better to leave this behind.

  • Tateeana Ibarra

    #davisss #DoNowOlympics

  • Maya and Clare

    The Olympics are games. They are meant to be a place where all the nations can come and compete fairly, and put their political differences aside. Instead it has turned into a platform for people to express their political opinions. This not only can affect the competitors performance and where their focus is at, but it is also not in the spirit of the games. In Sochi, Russia banned gay propaganda and that’s making it hard to come together due to the laws and political views of the nation. So what if you were a gay man or woman competing? You would most definitely be affected. Not only would your mind be in a different place, but your scoring may also be biased if you are openly gay or lesbian. We should put our views aside and go back to what the Olympics were made for.

  • Freyja, Annie, Zoya

    We believe that the Olympics are not a suitable place for politics and political issues. The intended moral behind the Olympics is to unite the world and celebrate our country’s greatest athletes. Any involvement of politics would not only defeat the purpose of the games completely, but could also cause unnecessary tension between countries and athletes. The games have been successful in bringing the world together with out including any politics for many years. We believe that it should continue to be that way.

  • Kendra

    It is wrong to put politics in the Olympics because the whole point of them from the beginning was to bring nations together, in peace, for the entertainment and acknowledgment of the amazing athletes around the world. The Olympics are supposed to leave behind any politics or rivalries between nations and so if a nation violates that, in a sense, it is no longer the Olympics. It’s just another political platform used to show-off or speak out against nation’s. We already get enough of that. The Olympics are a break from that. It’s even possible to still address political issues between nations DURING the Olympics without doing so through the Olympics if it’s just so important.

  • Amjid KW

    I don’t think bringing political issues into the Olympics is good for the athletes because they may be preforming different under political influence then they would if there were no politics involved. The Olympics is not the place for politics because it puts unneeded pressure on the players.

  • Raywa

    I believe that the Olympics should not be clouded with political issues. The original intent of the Olympics in Athens was to bring all the countries together in a peaceful game. The games are a chance to have some friendly competitions and entertain everyone watching at home. Politics can be left alone in this platform for a few weeks in order to ensure that the Olympics are a great time for the public, countries, and athletes. If politics are brought into this, it ruins the meaning, the intent is lost, and it causes tension between teams and athletes. We should put aside our political differences in the Olympics and channel the way it first was.

  • Liam Lindow

    I think worldwide politics shouldn’t be involved in the Olympics. With all the politics around today, it would be hard to keep it out though. The Olympics are here for entertainment and competition and if the politics are brought in it doesn’t distract only the viewer it distracts everyone involved with it. what if you were gay or lesbian? With all the anti-gay propaganda, it is hard to keep your head straight while competing. I think Sports and Politics should be separate because politics gets enough attention. The Olympic games should be a place where competitors all over the world come together and play the sport which best fits them while not thinking about government issues.

  • Sidney

    I think that international leaders should set aside any differences and political issues for the two weeks of the Olympics that were designed to bring the world together. Two weeks every four years without disagreement between countries is not that much to ask for. Every leader can make their own decision but the fact that leaders are using the Olympics as a way to show off, as protest of another nation’s policies, or as a political platform is ridiculous.The Olympics games should just be about friendly competition between countries and everything political would be left behind for those two weeks.

  • TA^2

    The Olympics is a time for athletes and countries to compete and show off their skills in similar sports in a friendly environment. When the countries bring their political issues in the mix, the competitive atmosphere is disrupted for all athletes. The games’ original meaning of competition and entertainment is lost under all the political tension and it puts more pressure on the players because they represent their countries, and are expected to represent that country’s political views. However, in an already stressful environment, they may not want to worry about the conflicts that would arise due to those political views, because they are already so focused on their performance. The political issues of a country should be left behind and discussed once the games have come to their conclusion.

  • justin

    I think it is a bad idea to include politics in the Olympics, because the Olympics are a time to have a sportsmanlike, enjoyable competition worldwide. However, if there are lots of people who wish to use the Olympics to benefit their own countries, which not only takes the spotlight off of the athletes, but also makes the olympics less attractive to some veiwers. Additionally, the Olympics only occurs once every two years, while politics could be discussed at any time. Therefore, it would be nice for the two not to blend together.

  • Julian

    I think it’s wrong for political issues to be brought to the Olympics. The Olympics are a spectacle, a place for people to show off their talent, not for people to argue about political issues like gay rights or war. While they are important issues, the Olympics aren’t the place to talk and debate about them. These issues should be brought up elsewhere. Olympians have trained their whole lives for this chance to compete, covering up their moments of glory with politics is terrible. People have even talked about boycotting the Olympics because of issues, and while it may get you somewhere with the issues, it would ruin people’s dreams. People train for years and years, and ruining their moment is horrible. The Olympics are about the fun of the sport, and they should stay that way.

    • Julie_B_2_BenceBoyd

      I totally agree with you Julian. The Olympics were created to bring people together for to compete in athletic competition with out having to deal with all the politics and war issues. I also think that Political issues shouldn’t be brought into the Olympics.

  • Isaiah G

    To be honest i think that it doesn’t matter if it is or not. You cant really tell people what they are supposed to ignore and not ignore in there lives. If someone wants to talk all political then so what.

    • nathanl_period4_boydandbence

      I don’t think that these issues should be ignored but the Olympics is not the place to advertise your cause, but for people to compete for there nation.

  • Tommy & Mario

    No, I believe that the Olympics should not be a stage for Political Dissent because it should be about the athletes. The Olympics are supposed to be a peaceful gathering of all countries around the world. Political discussions or arguments should be left at their originating country and should be discussed outside of the Olympics. The athletes should be able to play with out any discussion of politics it should be all about the athletes.

  • Madelynn

    Well to start off it seems they springed this Olympics on them already, it seems like they purposely did this to bring up the topic of what they’re doing in Russia is clearly wrong. On a few other websites before this Olympics there’s been a lot of protesting not only in Russia against this but in other countries bring up petitions again these laws. I suppose the Olympics was a way to bring it in without just throwing a argument at them, instead they could just do some small things here and there bringing up the topic. Although lots of people came to the Olympics to have fun not listen to political debates, maybe some did. I’m stuck on which side to choose, I do favor how they’re speaking against these disgusting laws against gays, but people worked so hard to get here and arguing during they’re moment and ruining it isn’t right.

  • Connor and Julia

    I think that all political issues should be left at the doorstep of the Olympics. I think that the Olympics is a time for collaboration between the world and I don’t think its a time to be worrying about conflicting opinions over political issues. While some of these debates may be substantial and worth discussing, I think that they should be discussed at a different point in time where there isn’t the risk of causing disagreements or distress during a time that is supposed to be about friendly competition and international collaboration.

    • nathanl_period4_boydandbence

      I agree with you completely, the Olympics were made to bring nations together for peace and entertainment, not to widen the rifts between countries.

  • Collyn Richardson

    MAC: In our opinion the Olympics should not be a place to bring in politics. The Olympics is supposed to be about bringing nations together in peace to see who was the best at each competition. The games are not a place for politics as that would created controversy and could even start a war. It also could be a distraction to the athletes who train to play in the games. It wouldn’t be fair to the competitors because they put tears, blood, and sweat in to the training while the politicians compete with their mouths. Bottom line: athletes put their body’s out there for their countries, what does politics have to do with athletics.

  • Charlie Nelson

    I don’t think that the Olympics should have political issues. I think the Olympics is were people from almost every different county get together and show the sports there good at, not were people talk about political issues. Why have people train for the Olympics for years and have arguments about political issues?If country’s are going to argue about political issues then they need to go somewhere else.

  • Adanya

    The Olympics should not be brought into politics although it’s unlikely that countries will ever completely leave them behind. The Olympic games were made for countries to come together and have a friendly competition. When countries are brought together it shows how countries are similar: they are all full of talented athletes. Politics usually show how countries are different and should not be mixed with what is generally thought of as celebration. Although, it may be a fair point to say that promotion for civil rights in the games is acceptable.

  • Rachel

    It is not right to bring politics into the Olympics. You don’t see politics brought into international sport competitions, so why bring it into the Olympics? If one country does has not legalized gay rights, they have no right to force all the other countries that have to not allow gays to compete. Weather or not your gay does not make a difference in your physical ability, so countries shouldn’t force other countries to disqualify gays. The Olympics is for entertainment, not for debating politics.

  • Mihir, Erik, Kyle, Josh

    It is wrong to bring politics into the Olympics. The purpose of the Olympics is to provide a national sports competition, not a place to settle political disputes. The Olympics are a celebration of an athletes achievements and to represent their country on a global stage. When politics get added in the games real purpose is thrown out and it becomes a place for political ideas to be argued.

  • Daniel Ruoyao Christin

    The Olympics should be for fun. it is an excellent tool for countries to come together, and congregate. It gives countries an opportunity to come together. It gives the athletes the chance to show what they can do.

  • Elyssa Bolinger

    The Olympics is always going to have something to do with politics no matter how you look at it..but i do think that the Olympics should not be entirely engulfed with politics, because it is about talent and having fun. http://readytoflyfilm.com/the-story/

  • nathanl_period4_boydandbence

    The Olympic games were created as a place for all nations to come together peacefully for a time to compete with others and show off there skill, not as a stage for people to support one movement or another.While these are worthy causes that deserve to be promoted the Olympics is not where you should do it.

  • Chase L

    The ability to compete at an
    international level is a great honor to showcase your countries pride and
    athletic ability. But if we start letting the Olympics be a platform for
    political ideology, the athletes won’t be competing for pride, they will be
    competing for their countries views over an issue. If it comes to that we mine
    as well stop fighting wars and play games every time a country gets into an
    argument over a topic. Let Sports be sports and politics be politics.

  • Kat VanHuis

    in my opinion i don’t think that politics should be talked about during the Olympics. the Olympics are held for everyone to get together and fun with what they are competing in. weather you’re, gay, Jewish, Hispanic, African American, everyone is equal in my eyes. have fun with the the Olympic games don’t stress out about everyone else’s problems.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/2014-olympics/

  • Bryan

    I think that the Olympics should have nothing to do with politics, but we can’t always get what we want. this being said the Olympics have been through a lot. http://www.theguardian.com/politics/politicspast/page/0,9067,892902,00.html In the future i hope we can keep them separated and have the Olympics be entirely about the sports.

  • Safa Shukairy

    where is there a better place to bring up political than the biggest stage in the world? No one is going to listen when you’re alone, but in the Olympics at least people will be watching