Have the Olympics become too corporate?
Wed, February 10, 2010

The 2010 Winter Olympics kick off — inside, under the B.C. Place dome — on Friday in Vancouver.

Should we be pumped and grab our pom-poms to cheer on our athletes, or has corporate greed and influence taken the goodness out of the Games? Columnists Paul Berton and Lorrie Goldstein take the debate swifter, higher, stronger.

Are the Olympics too corporate?


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(I believe)that was the phrase used,that is I believe we can make a pile of money. I have enjoyed these games greatly until I heard that the Canadian ski coaches did not want someone that is handicaped racing in the 50k. I was lookig forward to watching this event and coul;d care less now The coaches thought we had a better chance of a medal with 4 skiers they had already used, like we finished 1,2,3 in the world at this event. It,s that kind of greed that is becoming more American trait and less Canadian that I dislike.I was hoping that one of the Canadian men would call in sick or give up their spot so this young man would get his chance but greed prevails.
ALlan Jarick, 2010-02-28 14:06:09

We think the CTV coverage of the olympics stinks. What's with wasting our whole morning showing people eating breakfast? Jennifer Robinson, who finished 18th in her olympics, as a commentator. Wake up! All the CTV staff had a great free holiday, paid by sponsors, but did a lousy job of showing us the sports.
gerry markham, 2010-02-28 10:34:23

Too corporate?

I don't think so.

Was nice when they all amateurs though
Hammertime, 2010-02-26 20:55:56

The canadian atheletes are all winners by virtue of making it there. To win is be be 1nth of a second better...which may or may not happen on any given day with some luck. They are all champs in my view and give there all....it is not just about medals!
Brian Dornan, 2010-02-23 08:16:47

oh my gosh yes! it has gone from being a personal pride/competition to see who can beat the doping tests and at what cost. If it werent for the big money endorsements that come with medal winnings; the games would be cleaner and less personal risk at health
kg1, 2010-02-16 16:34:16

The same old dissapointing results begginning to develop at the 2010 winter olymipics for the Canadian team! Own the Podium!!! As if. Nothing has changed with the Canadian Olympic movement - same disgusting apathetic attitude. Heil who is supposed to win gold, takes silver and explains that it is as good as gold> What? What? Hamelin, figred to be the best chance to end the gold drought on the track doesn't even make it to the final! Why does the Canadian Olympic team even try to raise our hopes like that. I'm pissed!
P Fitz, 2010-02-14 08:37:38

They certainly are corrupt! How else would a former SA athlete posing as an IOC member and rumored to smuggle illegal substances on her royal BF's jet walk around worry free?
V.A.Rity, 2010-02-13 22:35:10

You only get 1 chance to make a first winter games immpression around the world the faux pas were a Canadian hand full, empty dignitary podium were they needed somewhere else busy doing a rain dance , our governor general any red color on her , nelli baby it's the winter games in a arena so your evening vegas cocktail dress was a lil tight for the stage , the melow dramatic timing and lack of co-ordination for the great one ,was wayne suppose to run all the way to the main torch area because officer friendly and the tim hortons gang jambed in the chevy truck looked like they had it all under control , the indoor flags were both not being blown properly due to poor air design ventilation and of course the indoor torch what we run out of funds ?

Congradulations to everyone else who prepared and had their ducks in a row , now go get some metal .
Danny Brampton, 2010-02-13 10:32:46

When there is money to be made, corporations will be there to take their cut.
Bob, 2010-02-12 19:10:44

No, they haven't. They are right up there in sincerity with Valentine's day and Hallowe'en.
Vince in Ottawa, 2010-02-11 23:33:08

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