The problem for me is how the athletes have brought in their politics into the events, stuff like refusing to honor the American flag. In many cases they feel their personal views and beliefs are more important than respecting the nation that sent them as representatives to the world. That pretty much negates the "pure sport" side of it to me.The tone here is way too cynical for me, even in a/the lounge. What's not to enjoy more than watching the world's best athletes compete? Mostly in a pure sport, like winning a finals race and being the best at that moment in the world?