Wednesday, August 8, 2012

History Repeats Itself, Olympics Edition

On July 23rd, we wrote here about the official committee of inquiry that was launched by the Israeli government after the Helsinki Olympic Games in 1952. The reason? Lack of success by Israel's first ever Olympic delegation.

Well, if you thought that the formation of a national committee of inquiry into Israeli Olympic performance was merely a quirk of history, you were wrong. After a series of failures by Israeli athletes and this year's delegation's failure thus far to secure a single medal, an Israeli sports op-ed columnist calls for ... an official commission of inquiry into Israel's Olympic performance. "Sports Minister Limor Livnat," writes Avinoam Porat, "you need to establish a state commission of inquiry to uncover the reasons for failure." 

If we archivists may be so bold as to as to offer some friendly advice to today's editorialists and disappointed Israeli sports fans, though, we can do no better than the Cowboy from "The Big Lebowski": "Sometimes you eat the bear and sometimes the bear, well, he eats you."  Sports, we should remember, sometimes involves losing too.

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