First read this
and I want to make very very clear, this has NOT come from the IOC, or the London Games 2012 Organising Committee, it is purely and simply from the US Olympic Committee – because we all know that nothing of any value exists outside of the US, right ?
… and I trust all my American friends do realise that my tongue was planted pretty firmly in my cheek when I typed that last bit.
For anyone who is not au fait with Ravelry, it’s a bit like FaceBook for fiberistas, it is a worldwide forum, but it is physically based in the US.
For the last several Olympic Games, both Summer and Winter, Ravelry members all over the world – not just America – have joined together in amity and goodwill, to watch the games, support their national teams and challenge themselves to knit, spin, or crochet something challenging while the Games are on. It is not a competition. It is not for profit [ unless you count any purveyors of yarn or fibre who benefit from some extra business along the way ]
It is for fun, friendship, personal growth etc … but mostly fun … and it has always been referred to as the Ravelympics.
No one is setting themselves up as being in any way comparable to the elite athletes of the Olympic Movement. Most of us stand – or sit – in awe of their dedication and skill.
The whole situation is beyond ridiculous.
Having realised the hornets nest of trouble the USOC has stirred up, we Ravellers [ all 2 million plus of us all over the world ] have now received this rather insulting backdown and ‘apology’
If you’re going to apologise, try and sound as though you mean it.