Originally Posted by Pinion
I found logos like Nike swooshes just as prominent as country indicators.
That's what the olympics are really about. Countries are just an outdated technicality.
Really? Soccer (and equestrian) have standard uniforms which don't lend to most of the uniforms. That being said, they're still usually draped in their flag's colors.
Of course, the Olympics are about commerce and commercialism, but it's pretty hard to ignore the divisive nationalism that comes up when the Olympics are around.
In general, many of the athletes uniforms are essentially draping their flag around them and it's pretty hard to argue that the focus is on the country as opposed to the athlete, especially when it comes to comments like "China has swept the ENTER_SPORT" events or "USA is leading the medals count" or "The Brits are totally dominating cycling!" or "The Gold is kept in the USA, where it belongs! - M. Phelps"
I'm not against sport as a uniting force, I just think the Olympics do a very poor job of it. In fact, I'd say they end up promoting the opposite: divisive national pride.
Most professional sports leagues do a better job of uniting the world through sport. EPL has soccer players from around the world and although it's still "city" vs "city" there's less my culture vs. your culture. Teams like "Real Madrid" and "Man U" have supporters far outside their traditional cultural boundaries.
The NHL is similar with lots of European talent permeating the roster.
The point I'm making is that if the Olympics was about bringing people from different countries together in the name of sport, wouldn't the country they're from be downplayed, as opposed to celebrated? As it stands now, it seems like it's more important to "support OUR
athletes" more than to "support athletes"