Re: "The Sports Section," March 4, 1994
Alan Boomer couldn't be more wrong in his assertion that "Sportsmanship . . . took the biggest beating in the Harding affair." (Will he take back the "sexist" crack if one says "sportspersonship" instead?)
Of all the civic and personal virtues displayed by the Norwegian hosts and spectators at the Winter Olympics, perhaps the most admirable trait (one commented on frequently by all members of the on-site media) was their sense of true sportspersonship--that is, loving the sport over the sportster, and being willing to applaud a rival if he or she is truly better than one's own candidate. Their heartfelt appreciation for the ex-Soviet and German skiers who beat "their own," because they deserved it, was a wonder to behold and certainly something that we win-at-all-costs Americans could learn from.
By contrast, our not-quite-golden girl has been properly chided by both media and fans for her decidedly unsportswomanlike remarks at the ice arena and Disney World. Maybe a rest cure could help her disposition and give the rest of us a much-needed break.
And the funny thing is . . . after all this "brouhaha" . . . the final standings in the ladies' skating contest ended up pretty much the way the preattack predictions said they would. "Much Ado About Nothing" indeed!