This is a post that I wrote during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games – I think it is still totally relevant to the London 2012 Games:
With the 2010 Olympics drawing to a close, and many emboldened or embittered by the medal haul of their country of origin, we’re all overlooking the clear winners of this year’s event – the Republic of Ginger.
With 14 medals to date (and athletes still in contention), redheads are cleaning up. Our medals span various disciplines and are mostly gold and bronze (obviously, to match the hair) – 6 gold, 3 silver, 5 bronze. We’ve won in cross-country skiing, ski jumping, luge, skeleton, bobsleigh, snowboarding, speed skating, hockey and biathlon. Some of us (Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle) have even won twice.
Gingers comprise 1-2% of the world’s population, putting us on par population-wise with countries such as Japan and Russia – who we are soundly beating in the standings. And with no formal redhaired Olympic Committee heading our endeavours, redheads must go it alone.
What does all this mean? That not only are coppertops the envy of all in the world of hair colour, we are also the envy of all in the world of sport. So, enough whining about which country has too many medals and which country has too few. Get behind the real winners of the 2010 games.
GO TEAM GINGE!
At my last count (keeping in mind we’re only on Day 7 of the Summer Games and that my count is totally unscientific), Gingers have already won 9 medals (again mostly gold and bronze). Now, to be fair – pun totally intended, summer is not our season what with the sun and all. Most of our wins come from the indoor events where we don’t have to wear sunscreen. Still, redheads are cleaning up in London, proving yet again our total awesomeness.