Why I can't get into the Olympics (mentally, not actually participating in the Olympics) is because
You threw the spear the furthest.
You jumped over the most sand.
You dove the most pristine.
Did you solve cancer? Did you produce a really cool video game? What the hell did you do other than a physical feat that has no real world ramifications for...well...the real world?
This is not to besmirch the actual atheletes who participate, but I always had the question,
"Precisely what does the gold medal winner in gymnastic's flippy flip division at the age of 17 do with her life thereafter?"
Well, I guess we have the answer.
In the end no matter how much fanfare and hubaloo we put on the Olympics or sports for that matter, these atheletes have to answer to the real world of economics. They really don't produce anything of value, and I often wonder how many of the Olympiads regret dedicating their entire youths to being the best "flipper" or being the best "jumpy person."
Makes all those days playing Dragon Warrior or the Final Fantasy series seem not so wasted.