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Debate Score:85
Arguments:16
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Do the Olympics bring the world together or separate it further?

Is the Olympic "spirit" a farce?

According to the International Olympic Committee, the Olympics "have always brought people together in peace to respect universal moral principles. The Games feature athletes from all over the world and help promote the Olympic spirit." However, many people believe that the competitive spirit and intense national pride eschewed in the Olympics do more to separate us than bring us together. What's your opinion?

Bring us together

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Divide us further

Side Score: 15
13 points

I think the Olympics do a good job of bringing the world together on a stage where we can set aside our differences, ignore the "foreign policies" of our elected leaders, and settle disputes via an objective sporting event.

While each nation displays their national pride, culture, and heritage; for a couple of weeks every four years we realize that we have much more in common than we think.

Side: We are one world
10 points

Agreed. The games unite us as a race and competition (generally speaking of course), is friendly. The games are a celebration of skill and mutual respect for a universal past time. That's what makes the Olympics so fantastically watchable. Each country supports an athlete who has trained and competed for a specific event in which dozens of his or her competitors has also trained.

The universality and the general respect for fellow sportsmen in one's own arena demand recognition from the crowd regardless of nationality. Mutual admiration for performance and skill unite people at the Olympics.

This video is a little cheese-mo. I'm sorry, but it's a visual example of what I'm trying to say...

Olympics One World Theme song
Side: We are one world
9 points

I agree that it brings us together. I know that personally I root for all of the athletes. I think of all the years they've dedicated to perfecting their craft (especially the gymnasts) and just pray that they all do their best. They are all just people like us (most with a much better work ethic than I) who are trying to be their very best and represent their nation and their sport the best they can. It shows us that dreams and achievements know no geographical boundaries.

Side: Bring us together
Stav(69) Disputed
4 points

I would oppose but will not support the other view. The Olympics is very close to the idea of a birthday or a religious holiday, than a political platform that might suggest any effect.

I agree with borme that politics are set aside in the events, but i believe that what might appear as once every four years super human sport values of earth pride via non-violent combatants, is actually another product of a diverting statue-culture.

The Olympic games, as they always were, are aside from the world it is programed, agreed version of events, thus - they are possible in every scenario world.

The opening ceremony was a "one world. brought to you by.." type of thing, covered with fancy modern romance and harmonic duality. Not a word about Burma, not a hint concerning Tibet. The opposite was one with it-ball-vision-self, China was on the good guys' side.

Side: Divide us further
7 points

The Olympic Games sometimes causes nations to behave in positive ways that may be out of character. For example, China has opened up its country like never before to show the world its heritage and culture and what it has in common with other nations, moving away from its normal totalitarian behavior. Now the Chinese want to talk to the Dalai Lama about Tibet. Because politics cannot be separated from Olympic activity, the Games can provide a platform for communication between countries with different points of view. President Bush recently discussed the recent war between Georgia and Russia with Russian Prime Minister Putin at the Games. Basically, mix together people from all of the world and put them on the same field, and you have one world. (Begin sappy music.)

Supporting Evidence: Politics In The Olympics (news.bbc.co.uk)
Side: Olympic Politics Changes Everything
6 points

It is certainly true that the Olympics have served as a platform for the political expression of many nations much like what we have seen from Chinese during the current Beijing games. From Berlin, to Moscow, to Los Angeles, all of these competitions have given us a small window into the political climate of that era. Having said all this the Olympics is one of the very few times when all nations are able to put aside (theoretically anyways) their differences and embrace an innate sense of competitive drive already present within the whole of humanity.

Supporting Evidence: Historic acts of Political expression at the Olympics (www.cnn.com)
Side: Political Expression at the Olympics
6 points

I'd say the Olympics offer a taste (however slight) of so many cultures to people/viewers around the world. This limited exposure of two weeks more or less to the culture of China in addition to the various other nations whose athletes' stories and personalities we get to know from the televised coverage of the games is a positive step in the direction of chipping away at the walls of prejudice and bigotry that divide cultural, racial, religious, and national groups.

The Olympics games is an invaluable forum where the nations of the world can come together under one roof and compete together at the highest level athletically bereft of the violence and destruction that tends to accompany political or religious conflicts.

Side: Athleticism over Political Conflict

I think that the world can benefit from the Olympic spirit but I also believe the participants themselves benefit more than anyone else. It's an intense feeling of competition and camaraderie that one feels when witnessing such an event. You cannot help but come away more hopeful than you did before entering each arena. It's the only event in the world where one roots as much for their country's best as well as the eventual winners. It's a thrill beyond belief when someone takes the floor, the pool, the rink, the track and all of the other venues and watches the one small man or woman from a far off land bring us their best for one moment in time. I can only hope the world will benefit from that type of atmosphere not only for two weeks but forever.

Side: We are one world
5 points

One of te few ties we set aside our diifrences to come together for peace and competion. It brings us together if only for a shot time.

Side: olympics
3 points

i think the Olympics bring us together because, of all the Olympics, countries have joined each other .

The Olympics do a good job of bringing the world together on a stage where we can set aside our differences, ignore the "foreign policies" of our elected leaders, and settle disputes via an objective sporting event.

While each nation displays their national pride, culture, and heritage; for a couple of weeks every four years we realize that we have much more in common than we think.

Of all the years they've dedicated to perfecting their craft (especially the gymnasts) and just pray that they all do their best. They are all just people like us (most with a much better work ethic than I) who are trying to be their very best and represent their nation and their sport the best they can. It shows us that dreams and achievements know no geographical boundaries.

Side: Bring us together

The Olympics do bring the world together for a short time. Sad!

Side: Bring us together
1 point

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Side: Bring us together
1 point

I think olympics may bring whole world together by participating in olympics and ignore foreign policies because there should be unity among the world.We should not speak trash words and tease the other team if they win or lose.We should play every game as friendly game not as enemy game.

I conclude in sport there will be a winner and loser.

Side: Bring us together
1 point

Often in the course of life we are brought together due to a single event in tragedy or celebration. One pivotal moment that unifies the world for a moment in time. Often these events remain in our memory bank for generations to come. The significance of these events may not be felt to its full impact right away, but over time they take on a whole new meaning that is personalized and manifested into some life changing path.

Every four years (now every two if you count the Winter and Summer games as one) the world unites with the best athletes in the world representing the flag, culture, history, and beliefs of their motherland. Regardless of sport or finish, they stand in the forefront of an entire nation whether it is 3 million or 1 billion citizens. It is a burden that many spend their entire lives preparing for. The thought of spending most of your upright life practicing for a chance to show the world in just a few minutes or seconds that you are the best this planet has to offer is amazing. This is an overwhelming thought to have running through your head.Sports are about teamwork, competition, victory, defeat, growth, endurance, strength, intelligence, drive, passion, inspiration, desire, motivation and honor. They stand for all the qualities we can ever dream of having.

Side: Bring us together
5 points

I think it further divides our world. The trash talking between the athletes and subsequent "foot in mouth" from the French 4x100 Freestyle Men's Relay team was a classic example of this division.

French and Americans notoriously dislike each other. The French said they were going to "Smash" the Americans, thus creating further discontent between the two nations. When the US ended up winning the Gold Americans not only felt a sense of pride in winning, but also in beating the French.

Combine that with China's militaristic style of athletic training to prove to the world that China is a superpower once again, and I think you have a lot of ill will towards other nations being "masked" as friendly Olympic competition.

Let's be honest, each country wants their country to win each event and show the rest of the world that they're the most dominant country in the world. There is not "One World" from the eyes of each of the competitors or their respective nations.

Side: We are Divided
4 points

I'm not sure the Olympics necessarily "divide us further," but I think the inherent competitiveness of the games kind of precludes any sort of cohesion or increase in good will that a singular event such as a bringing together of multiple countries and cultures might have. When we watch a Zimbabwean long-distance runner neck-in-neck with an American runner, we don't think, "How great these two have found a common ground in athleticism," we just think, "I hope the American guy wins."

Sure we feel empathy and inspiration from the occasional story of say a bobsled team from a desert country, but usually it just proves how our loyalties lie with our own and furthers our depiction of opposing countries in our mind as "the other." So, while it is nice we can all ostensibly get along for a few weeks, when we watch the national processions with each country's athletes decked out in their traditional garb, we still see groups such as Iran and we still think, "Wow, I hope they don't bomb Israel."

Side: olympics