10 Reasons Why the Rio Olympics Will Be the Last Olympics
When I was a little girl, I used to love to watch the Olympics on TV in my living room with my whole family. I used to dream of being good enough at any sport to make it to the world's stage! And now that I'm a grown up, I still love watching the incredible athletes. And this year more than 10,500 athletes from 206 countries are competing.
But this year the Olympics seem tainted. They seem dirty, and sad.
It begs the question: why are we still doing this? Do we need to keep having these games? Is it over?
By making this list, I am in no way trying to undermine the hard work of the athletes. I understand that they all work so hard to get where they are going, some for little or no pay at all. It's inspiring.
That being said, I think it's pretty much done and, here are 10 reasons why:
1. Cost - The estimated cost of hosting the 2016 Olympics was approximately $11.6 billion, not to mention the millions ($5.7 million to be exact) that have been spent on trying to protect athletes and fans from...
2. Zika - The mosquito-borne virus capable of producing severe birth defects has prompted at least 17 would-be Olympians—including the world’s top four golfers—to pull out of the games. There were 26,000 cases of Zika reported in Rio in the first three months of 2016, according to Wallethub.com. And while it's gotten better in the last couple of months, does that really provide you any comfort? Not me!
3. Water - 32 tons of dead fish have been removed from the rowing and canoeing lagoon where the water-based activities take place. Have you seen pictures of the bodies of water that are just laced with trash? Gross! Athletes have been warned not to put their heads under the water. Come on, really?
4. Lodging - Poop water... lots, and lots, and lots of poop water. A Czech cyclist posted a pic of the rain coming right into his room! And, he's not alone. Many athletes and journalists have complained via social media of no hot water, faulty plumbing and exposed wiring, among other issues. A couple of teams have abandoned the Olympic housing all together. Some teams (like the US basketball teams) are living on yachts! About 600 local construction laborers are working round-the-clock to fix the units and some countries, including Italy, have hired their own repairmen.
5. Locals - OK, this part makes me sad. In order for the Olympics to be enjoyed by millions around the world, thousands of people in Rio are being devastated. Like the 3,000 families in Rio who were forced to relocate due to Olympic building projects. And what about the families of the 11 workers who have died in construction project accidents? Plus, two people were killed when a bike path built for the games collapsed in April. And, sorry guys: the athletes, press and fans will be leaving about 17,000 tons of waste... you know, trash and other... right on top of ya when they leave!
6. Safety - the first Olympics on South American soil brings with it a certain element of danger. Rio isn't the most dangerous country, but it does have 1,202 homicides in 2015 which is more than the three most violent U.S. cities combined. Why Rio? Why not pick a city that is safe for our athletes? Eighty five thousand security personnel will work the Rio Games. That's more than twice as many as the 2012 London Olympics. And more than 124,000 miles of security fencing has been put up all around Rio in honor of the games.
7. Big Money - NBC Universal spent $1.2 billion to secure the media rights to the Rio Olympics, but don't feel bad for them. They had already made more than that back before the games even started. Rio stands to make some money, too... as more than 500,000 foreigners have flown in for the events. Tickets for the opening ceremonies ranged from $60 - $1,400. And tickets for other events were anywhere from free to $365.
8. Press - It's articles like this that are bringing down the Olympics, and basically the world in general. Reporters and journalists are choosing to report on all of the bad things that are associated with these Olympic games, and not so much on the wonderful stories that always come about when so much talent, hard work, and determination comes together. I mean as soon as all the reporters arrived in Rio they immediately tweeted about how sh*tty their accommodations are! (Helllloooo!!!!You're covering the Olympics for your job! Shut up!) We're pessimistic as a society! You are too! We all share negative, shocking, boldly political, polarizing and just plain sad stories on our news feed. We make fun of people relentlessly on Twitter, and we only click on stories that are shocking or controversial in some way! Then, just like supply and demand is supposed to work... people write stories like "10 Reasons Why the Rio Olympics Will Be the Last Olympics" basically just to stir up drama (and in this case, point out some serious problems).
9. Lack of Interest - The opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympics in Rio drew 26.5 million viewers to NBC on Friday night, a 35% decline from the record-setting audience for London’s opener in 2012, which attracted 40.7 million viewers, according to Nielsen. But don't blame NBC, it's not their fault. I told you, people are over it. We'll see if the expected 3.6 billion global viewers who are expected to tune in really will.
10. Millennials - frankly, we don't give a sh*t. Not just about the Olympics, but about anything, really. Unless it's 140 characters or less. I mean, really, if you got this far into my blog, you're definitely not younger than 35. In fact, I'm 32 and I barely feel like finishing... so I'll be done. Go USA!
Bonus Reason: Pokémon Go isn't an event.