Thursday, June 21, 2012

USOC and Ravelympics

I am far from alone in being offended by the tone of a letter sent to the leaders of Ravelry by the USOC.

Being a business owner, entrepreneur, knitter, life-long fan of the Olympic Games and wife of an aspiring Paralympian, I have mixed feelings.

I absolutely agree with the issues related to trademark infringement.  I completely disagree with stating that the Ravelympics inappropriately represents the ideals of the Olympic Movement or is disrespectful in anyway.

I have not participated in the Ravelympics before and was not planning to participate this year.  However, I do plan to knit something specific to commemorate the London Paralympics, if my Husband is fortunate enough to be invited to participate.

While the first apology was also offensive, the update made me feel that the fiber community had been heard.

I know first hand the level of effort, commitment and expense required to bring yourself to the very top of your game.

Yes, it's true.  My husband is the one doing the work... pushing the miles, focusing his intention and peeing in a cup in front of witnesses.  But I am the one supporting him.

I will, of course, watch the London Olympic Games.  Because I love sport.  I love that the athletes have dedicated themselves to becoming as good as they can be.  And I love that they respect excellent performances by their competition regardless of where that competition happens to be from.

I will, most likely, be knitting.  Because that's what I do when I'm watching TV.

I would love to knit while watching the London Paralympic Games as well, but sadly there will be no domestic broadcast on the networks of NBC for those Games.


MarmePurl said...

Oh my...I have missed all this controversy. Many thanks for the links.

Mary said...

Best of luck, hopeful, for your husband. Keep up the knitting,

E.S. Moore said...

good luck to your husband!

WonderWhyGal said...

The letter bothered me too. It's more about money than anything. Argh! Yikes! Even the powers to be forget the purpose of the Olympic spirit.

Amanda said...

Honestly, I totally get that they don't want Ravelry to use the term. I agree that it was the tone of the letter that was wrong. A standard C&D letter would have been much better. However, I thought the update was even a little rude...requesting handknit items be sent. Like they're little trifles that take only moments to complete. But, like you, I haven't participated in the "Ravelry Games" up to this point. And I probably won't. And I still like the Olympic games, and will likely still watch what interests me if I can.

Chez said...

Wow first I'd heard of this. I've been living under a rock the last few weeks I think.

Chez said...

I just saw this article in the news and thought 'how is this less demeaning to the athletes of the olympic spirit than having a knitting competition in honour of it'