THE MEDAL COUNT
I often wonder why anyone would feel more patriotic or have greater self-esteem because their athletes won so many medals in the Olympics. Especially the winter Olympics, with weird sports like snowboading, luge, short track, curling, skeleton, and figure skating.
I'm not sure how the skills these sports require translate into the real world. Sure, all these sports require hard work and determination, but so does anything else.
My patriotism and self-esteem isn't based on Sarah Hughes ability to nail a tripl-triple combination.