Unexpected Friendship and an Unexpected Leader

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In life, there are often places that we are sure to meet people and make friends. Sports, despite its competitive nature, is one of these places. Often times we meet our friends through unusual circumstances. This is how the friendship between Philip Boit, from Kenya, and Bjorn Daehlie, from Norway, formed.

Boit and Daehlie both competed in the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano. Daehlie was the favorite to win, as he is considered the world’s most successful cross-country skier. Boit, on the other hand, was the first Kenyan to compete at the Winter Olympics.

Weather conditions were not in their favor that day, as it rained. Boit, who only first saw snow two years prior to the event, had trouble skiing on wet snow and fell down a lot.

The crowd cheered Boit on, so much so that he said he felt like he was winning a medal– even though he finished last.

Daehlie, though finishing first, waited for 20 minutes in the freezing weather to embrace Boit when he finished the race.

This is how the friendship between Boit and Daehlie began. Boit named his first child after Daehlie, and the two families frequently visit each other. The pair also ski together in charity competitions and trained together in Greenland.

It is great to see that despite their different backgrounds, Boit and Daehlie were able to develop a friendship. Both athletes, however, affected the world in different ways. Bjorn has won more medals (12), and more gold medals (8), than any other winter athlete, and Boit had a major effect on the Kenyans. He came home to a welcome fit for a king. Even though he told them he finished last, they were just proud that he was the only Kenyan there.

He paved the way for more Africans to venture into winter sports. He is considered a pioneer. The fact that he competed at all, makes a difference and inspires other Africans to compete.

On the way to the top, leaders are often encountered with backlash. Instead of focusing on the positive fact that more Africans are venturing into winter sports like the BBC did, the Guardian choose to focus on the negatives. The Guardian referred to Boit as a “wannabe,” competing in a sport he had never seen before. The Guardian also referred to the other Africans that were inspired by Boit as “equally incompetent.”

Are people from different countries expected to only compete in Olympic Games that their country is used to? Africans should stick to the Summer Olympics, and Europeans should stick to the Winter Olympics. We have to stop this racist behavior, because that is what it is at its core. An athlete is an athlete, no matter where they are from. Boit was at a disadvantage, but that did not stop him from getting out there and trying. That is the first step to making an impact, which he did. Instead of focusing on the fact that he lost, we have to realize that a new day is coming where athletes from different backgrounds will compete in the Olympic game of their choice, because they can and because it is the 21st century. It is such a shame that the Guardian let its reporters report with such venom in their key strokes.

This goes to show that you cannot make everybody happy and on the way to the top, you are bound to encounter people who not only don’t have anything useful to say, but that are afraid of change.

Well, Guardian, get ready—because change is coming.

 

 

Trouble in Paradise- But No One Knows

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Divorce is not uncommon anymore, and it really shouldn’t be news. However, when someone famous is getting a divorce, it becomes breaking news. This occurs even if there is no evidence of a divorce, just internal discord.

Entertainment news loves marital topics, Kimye simply researching potential wedding venues makes headlines. However, apparently there are some stories that entertainment news does not jump on.

There have been stories on international news outlets that President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama may be getting a divorce. Sources allege that Michelle plans to serve out the rest of the president’s term in the White House, but then live separately from him.

Information obtained indicate that the couple sleep in separate beds, Michelle did not come back to Washington with the family after vacationing in Hawaii ,and that Obama’s secret service team helped him cover up an affair. However, I heard about these facts through an international news source, and not any major American media company.

International news outlets have jumped on the story; however, the top news stations choose to be oblivious to it. A simple Google search for “Michelle Obama divorce,” reveals all the top sites to all be international.

I just find it interesting how different news sources report on different stories. News of the leader of the richest nation in the world may be having marital problems does not hit our news stations, but news of his wife’s birthday does.

About Me

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My name is Jacqueline Adadi and I am currently a junior at the University of Florida pursuing a bachelor of science in Journalism. Throughout my time in college, I have learned a few things about the world and I have a desire to share those things with people.

My interests include writing, health and fitness, and equality. I will be discussing the latter interest in this blog. I want to make a difference, and sometimes the first step is bringing the topic into discussion before action can actually be taken.

This blog will focus mainly on topics that people in America tend to avoid or do not know much about. I will be discussing how the media affects different parts of the world and how everything is connected with the advancement of technology.

I hope you enjoy my blog!