We believe using the name "Ravelympics" for a competition that involves an afghan marathon, scarf hockey and sweater triathlon, among others, tends to denigrate the true nature of the Olympic Games. In a sense, it is disrespectful to our country's finest athlete...Excuse me? I'm doing what now? By spending HOURS watching your coverage and also by the way knitting I'm disrespecting you? Then they said this:
...fails to recognize or appreciate their hard work.Record scratch. Ok, now I'm pist. Really pist. Because I guarantee you that my last Olympic effort was just that. An Olympic effort. A beginning knitter, or even an advanced knitter could not have pulled this off in two weeks:
|Traditional stranded sweater redesigned and knit in 2 weeks.|
And a good part of me wants to go on a huge rant about how the ugly underbelly of this whole debacle is this:
Sports = male pursuit = good, worthy, hard, profitable
Knitting = female pursuit = worthless, cute, unnecessary, not profitable
But. They have apologized. Twice, actually. And I want to be a bigger person and accept their apology. However it all seems.... hollow. A pat on the head to all the crazy (because a female can't get upset about something without that word coming out) knitters out there so that we go away.
I haven't decided what I'm going to do yet. I have very much enjoyed participating in the 3 Knitting Olympics that have been organized so far. I was hoping for a redemption on my last triathlon for this Summer Games. I've even started training specifically for it (and YES it is training even if I am spinning instead of sprinting). But at this point I just want to watch some X-games and get the taste of this whole debacle out of my mouth.
What do you guys think? Are you still going to participate / watch this year?
Edited to add: I wanted to throw up a few links to what others have been saying about all of this. The Yarn Harlot had a great voice of reason post, the Crochet Liberation Front has a fantastic Open Letter to the US Olympic Committee which speaks to the craft vs sports issues in a much more eloquent way, and WIP Insanity writes about the apology and second apology which has the best quote ever in it:
We are yarncrafters. Fear us.