2012 Olympics: Proud of the USA?

The Games of the XXX Olympiad end Sunday and the U.S. is on top of the medal standings.

American athletes have also conducted themselves well, with no controversies in an Olympics that included other athletes being banned for racial comments and drug use.

The biggest controversies involving Americans were more silly than serious, from comments about gymnast Gabby Douglas’s hair to track standout Lolo Jones’s appearance, to swimmer Ryan Lochte having an American flag on his teeth during a medal ceremony.

Are you proud of the skill and behavior of the American squad? Have these athletes represented the country well and made you proud to be an American?

How much have you watched the 2012 Olympics?

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What has been your favorite Olympic moment? Was it Michael Phelps setting an all-time Olympic record for number of medals, or the U.S. women winning gold in soccer, or the men’s basketball team rolling undefeated into Sunday’s gold-medal game or something else, like watching amputee Oscar Pistorius of South Africa compete in track?

Lastly, looking back on the last two weeks, how has NBC’s decision to show most of the events taped in the evening affected you? Has that allowed you to see more? Or has it ruined the drama?

Please share your thoughts on the Games.

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C. Tampa Ironworse

August 11th, 2012
9:03 pm

I wonder if Democrats watch the Olympics. You have to be proud of America and you have to root for someone to win/earn something. So I’m sure they’re watching MSNBC or listening to an NPR podcast.

Aboli

August 11th, 2012
9:06 pm

I am very proud of Americas Olympians.

Sparks

August 11th, 2012
9:08 pm

No controversies? Serena Willams doing the “Crip Walk” wasn’t exactly a proud moment for the USA. It seems these days the athletes are there more for themselves than for their countries. JMO

Lawrence Smith

August 11th, 2012
9:17 pm

Why do Republicans always worry about what individuals do in their private lives? You want to tell me what to do with my body; who I should pray to or tell me how wrong I am if I don’t pray at all; you want to tell me who I can love and why want I think is wrong. Now you are wondering what I watch on tv! Get a life! And when you do – guess what – we Dems don’t care what you do with it! Although I do feel sorry for you – because it must be miserable trying to control things and people you can’t. Good luck with that – cause we are not going anywhere! Go USA! And all the diverse and beautiful representations of all of us back here – watching MSNBC, Fox News, or whatever we choose to!

Wallywo

August 11th, 2012
9:17 pm

Medals or not, I am very proud of the USA athletes. Their hard work and sacrifices have earned them a position in competition with the best athletes in the world. Good for them !!!

Kevin

August 11th, 2012
9:17 pm

Miss-y Frank-lin!

MM

August 11th, 2012
9:18 pm

To C.Tampa above,

You say “I wonder if Democrats watch the Olympics?”

I’m sorry but there’s no other way to put it: You’re an idiot.

Glen

August 11th, 2012
9:19 pm

With all the press coverage, it’s a given that if one of the US athletes did something boneheaded, it would be front and center.

I wonder when Obama and the Democrats will come out and say “You athletes didn’t really earn those medals.” or suggest that everyone get a “participation award” instead of rewarding excellence with medals.

My wife & I watched the coverage when it was on instead of DVR-ing it. The live coverage was so much better than the tape delayed, processed, over commentated, over analyzed, and pre-packaged product NBC’s offered in prime time. The best moment so far was watching, LIVE, training partners from Great Britain and US Farah and Rupp finish Gold and Silver respectively in the mens 10k.

Bumble Bee

August 11th, 2012
9:22 pm

Ummm, when you start competing as a child, you don’t think about competing for your country. These athletes compete for themselves to win the gold medal but represent their countries by wearing the uniform proudly. So yes, the athletes are there more for themselves to win the gold since that’s what they’ve trained for all their lives AND they are proudly representing their country. They are having fun! If you’re looking for athletes that are there for their countries, then look at the Chinese athletes that were plucked away from their parents when they were just children by the Chinese government. Is that the kind of boring and robotic athletes you want to represent our country?

American Sportsman

August 11th, 2012
9:26 pm

Why did my comment not post?

Adrianne

August 11th, 2012
9:33 pm

I’m proud of the Olympians. Serena Williams was great as well as the other Olympians. It’s a shame that people feel the need to make negative, political comments instead of focusing on the accomplishments of the athletes.
To the ajc, why wouldn’t we be proud of the athletes? I think you’ve asked a silly question.

Mike Luck

August 11th, 2012
9:34 pm

American Sportsman, we don’t see it, could you try again? Obviously your ‘why did my comment not post’ comment made it so there’s nothing blocking your posts. We are sorry for the inconvenience and hope you will try again. Thanks.

Sparks

August 11th, 2012
9:40 pm

Serena Williams did perform well…great in fact, but regardless of what some might think, the athletes are there representing their country…not themselves. It’s a sign of the times I suppose that people tend to not understand that these days.

Optimus

August 11th, 2012
9:43 pm

The crip walk was not controversial. But I do think it wasn’t in good taste. But congrats to Serena and all US athletes.

Jason

August 11th, 2012
9:46 pm

The U.S women’s soccer team being given and wearing tshirts that said “Greatness Has Been Found” was about the worst thing any Americans have done. NBC’s coverage not included. That has been atrocious.

Valerie

August 11th, 2012
9:46 pm

I am very proud of all our athletes. They represented us with class and dignity, and won a lot of medals in the process. Too bad they can’t say the same thing for some of the mean-spirited people on this blog making hateful comments, because of personal biasis. To the “haters.” What have you done lately, besides complain? Get a life. Go USA!!!!

USCitizen

August 11th, 2012
9:53 pm

Wonder if Michele Obummer is NOW proud to be an American. After all we paid for her yet another great trip abroad.

Larry

August 11th, 2012
9:54 pm

I’m happy with the athletes, their hard work and their well earned accolades. It’s very hard to be proud of America with Obama in the White House doing his best to destroy it.

D

August 11th, 2012
10:12 pm

In the eighties, they used to do more personal mini-documentaries about our athletes featured and a few on people of different cultures and/or nations…I really miss the personal takes. It seems more edgy …

Tucker Dude

August 11th, 2012
10:20 pm

I watched the USA ladies in soccer… what a tournament! congrats to them, all that hard work paid off!

Debbi

August 11th, 2012
10:23 pm

Why does EVERYTHING have to be political with some people. The question was are you proud of the American Olympic Athletes…..What does this possibly have to do with Republicans OR Democrats? For the record, Yes, I am proud of the athletes. They competed well and showed good sportsmanship. They were gracious winners and losers. They made me proud.

dawwgirl

August 11th, 2012
10:32 pm

“I wonder if Democrats watch the Olympics.”

Seriously? I can’t believe someone could be so hateful as to post this comment. I’ve been watching the Olympics since I was a little kid, thank you very much. Yes, I always pull for the USA. It has absolutely zero to do with political affiliation. It has to do with competition and the love of sport. Good luck with your biases, karma always wins out in the end.

TEAM USA ALL DAY EVERYDAY!!!!

August 11th, 2012
10:35 pm

It’s okay for Usain Bolt to do his signature pose but not okay for the greatest female tennis player in the world to cut a rug? GTF Outta Here!

USA

August 11th, 2012
10:45 pm

The odd thing is that for all the criticism the rest of the world levels at us, in side-by-side comparisons the USA comes off pretty well. Are athletes were mature and usually gracious.

McKayla

August 11th, 2012
10:56 pm

I am not impressed by:
rhythmic gymnastics, handball, rhythmic gymnastics, synchronized swimming, rhythmic gymnastics, horse dancing, rhythmic gymnastics, walking, rhythmic gymnastics, ping pong, and did I mention rhythmic gymnastics?

jcatl

August 11th, 2012
11:02 pm

Of course we’re proud. Probably my favorite moment was watching the women’s soccer tean win gold just because it’s such a great sport to watch, and in such an incredible venue for soccer/football fans in Wembley stadium. It was also a very exciting game, and Japan could easily have come out on top.

Fan

August 11th, 2012
11:07 pm

Very proud of our USA athletes. They all did their best and did a great job. I wish our USA TV station, NBC did more reporting and side stories on OUR athletes instead of other countries. Also I wish all of our announcers would report like Rowdy Gaines did, cheering on our USA athletes. NBC did a poor job showing Gold Medal Ceremonies also.

Mike Luck

August 11th, 2012
11:22 pm

Fan,
Good specific points, thanks.

Jennyl

August 11th, 2012
11:24 pm

The worst part of the Olympics this time was the very rude female commentator at the swimming venue.

USCitizen you'e an idiot!

August 11th, 2012
11:25 pm

The First Lady has nothing to do with this topic.

USA#1

August 11th, 2012
11:32 pm

I am very proud of all of our athletes but especially our track and field ladies. Would like to give Bolt a quarter so he could go buy some class. His arrogance made me totally forget that he is a great runner. By the way Mr Bolt – there were four members on your 4X100 team. You seem to have forgotten about two of them.

Fan

August 11th, 2012
11:37 pm

@USA#1 – Good point. Bolt is all about himself and apparently NBC loves him.

drew

August 11th, 2012
11:40 pm

Very proud of most of the individual athletes. Could care less for all the hot-dogging from some of the teams, such as the mens basketball and women’s soccer. Those teams have no idea what sportsmanship is.

Dub03

August 11th, 2012
11:49 pm

Too bad I missed Serena Williams tennis final. She does the ‘Crip Walk’ then during the medal ceremony, as the US National Anthem was being played, the American flag blows off the hanging pedestal in the windy conditions at Wimbledon..Which is more embarrassing, the flag fail or the ‘Crip Walk’???

Tap Out

August 11th, 2012
11:50 pm

Our team is doing great and making America proud. Thanks to all our incredibly gifted athletes for their endless hours of practice and dedication to their sports.

SAWB

August 11th, 2012
11:55 pm

Well, I was kind of looking forward to it and tried to watch as much as I could. However, at the end of the day it was sort of boring. I mean it’s hard to get excited about water polo, women’s handball or badminton unless maybe you know someone on the team and even then…

Chris

August 12th, 2012
12:10 am

The Olympics have been great for the US. It is disturbing to see the comments on the page, though. It is shocking to see just how hateful this city has become. I can’t read an article on ajc.com without seeing dozens of vitriolic comments directed at the president or gay people. I understand that this is a right-leaning city, but I have never seen so many people seething with hatred. I’ve been a proud Atlantan and Southerner for 40 years, but if the comments on this website these days make me ashamed of both.

SAWB

August 12th, 2012
12:26 am

Chris you need to calm down just because someone disagrees with you does not mean they hate you. I know some folks on the left have adopted this rhetoric, but it is just disingenuous. I suppose it is an effective tool, but it is intellectually dishonest to play the “Hate Card”. I will say for the record that although I found the Olympics a little slow at times I do not hate any of the participants.

charlene

August 12th, 2012
12:45 am

I haven’t been watching much of the Olympics lately. Most likely because I elect to only have basic cable (a la carte would be nice but c’est la vie) and there are only so many hours in the day. So I don’t watch the sports I’m not that interested in. But… I do think from what I have seen that USA athletes have been conducting themselves well. Not everyone, but that’s I think to be expected.

I’ve not been thrilled w/ NBC with their coverage or much else regarding the Olympics. Maybe I’m doing it wrong (in which case, someone please enlighten me) but I can’t seem to get anything “live” to show up online or anywhere else unless I have a paid subscription to NBC Sports already. Maybe after the games are already over I can get the ones I want to see.

And who’s idea was it to get Ryan Seacrest?!

Viva Mexico

August 12th, 2012
12:50 am

GOOOOOOOOOOOOAL!

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAL!

GOOOOOOOOOOAAALLLLL!

wsj

August 12th, 2012
12:54 am

But we, and the Chinese, seem dependent on our women athletes to win most of the medals. I don’t know if it is Title IX or if other countries don’t emphasis women’s sports enough. But we need to support our men’s sports more and in other areas other than Track & Filed and Swimming.

Russell Nassau

August 12th, 2012
12:55 am

C. Tampa Ironworse…BTW…what a dumb name. Now, you got the privilege to comment first and just like a dimwit, you bring politics into the fold. Get a life already. Nobody cares, I would hope, what you or any other Republican muppet thinks about what Democrats are watching or listening to. Do us all a HUGE favor…Be quiet and stay off this board if you don’t have something good to say. Our athletes were amazing…USA all day..baby.

Fan

August 12th, 2012
1:22 am

@charlene – too true. NBC, CNBC and MSNBC have had terrible coverage, especially of USA athletes, Live or taped. They tried to force people to buy in to their NBCSN or Computer coverage. Even if you had all the bells and whistles, and NBC and all their channels, their coverage STUNK!! It looked more like they were trying to win the Nobel Peace Prize for world reporting

Mike Luck

August 12th, 2012
1:37 am

Charlene and Fan,
Interesting thoughts on the coverage, thanks for sharing.

Stars and Stripes

August 12th, 2012
1:37 am

I’m VERY proud of my country. All of our athletes represented this country with such grace and dignity… I could not be more proud. We seem to dominate the Olympics year in and year out. We are a country of such amazing diversity. There is no place on earth like America. Go USA!

Fulton

August 12th, 2012
1:47 am

Some jack-wad always has to bring their petty politics into everything and it shows everyone exactly the type of person that they are – idiots! Yes, athletes do represent their country but at the same time, they should still be allowed to be individuals. After all, they’re the one’s that trained and made the sacrifices to get where they are. The rest of us should just watch and enjoy!!!

Chuck Clausen

August 12th, 2012
5:27 am

I’m proud of the terrific athletes who have representing our Country in the Olympics

Scott D

August 12th, 2012
6:33 am

NBC is a disgrace to the USA.

A 2 week charade of 80% female sports viewing and a tribute to GB contributions to WW2 which had nothing to do with the Olympics. The USA saved Europes bacon in WW2 and there was no reference to that whatsoever.

NBC produced a “bull-dyke-arama”.

McKayla

August 12th, 2012
6:42 am

McKayla is not impressed by the American Men’s medal count,

Sluggo

August 12th, 2012
6:54 am

I’m elated !
No matter what, we still live in the greatest country on the planet and the USA still has it’s mojo! We are still # 1 ! Thank you, Olympic athletes for your dedication and making us all proud.