Usain Bolt interrupts the interviewer to respect another country’s national anthem—that is, the United States of America’s national anthem. I have so much respect for this dude, and still would if it had been a different country’s anthem.
2012 London Opening Ceremony
Photo by Ryan Pierse
Well done, London.
America has refused the Olympic tradition of dipping its flag to the host country since…. 1908.
Most Olympic teams briefly lower their colors as a sign of respect when they march past the box where the host nation’s leaders are seated. The U.S. does not.
When the Americans pick a flag bearer for the 2012 London Olympics this week, he or she almost certainly will be advised to uphold a tradition that dates back more than a century.
According to popular legend, shotputter Ralph Rose set the tone at the 1908 Summer Games — also held in London — when he supposedly proclaimed: “This flag dips for no earthly king.”
[Photo: Mark Grimmette leads the U.S. team into BC Place for the opening ceremony of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Robert Gauthier/LAT]
These should have been the official portraits. (Pictured: Gabby Douglas)
How can you not root for this girl?