Blurred Boundaries

I have spent the better part of the past two weeks in front of the TV every night watching NBC coverage of the XX Olympics. I love sports (as those who have read my blog for some time already know) and this is just a blast. I love the winter Olympics and now that I know how to ski (or at least I think I do) it is even more fun to watch them.

What has impressed upon me this time through the Olympics is how the boundaries of nations have become so blurred. I'm sure I won't site all the blurring, but I will point out some of the obvious ones.

A Canadian figure skater just granted US citizenship to compete with her US partner.
A Russian figure skater now a US citizenship to compete with his US partner (who also happens to be his wife).
A Turkish figure skater who has trained for the past 8 years in Canada.
The Russian pair skaters who train in New Jersey.
A Georgian figure skater who trains in Moscow.
Canadian ice dancing pair trains in France.
A Venezuelan luger who lives in Idaho.
An Italian figure skater who was born and raised in the US, married to a US citizen, lives in the US, but stakes for her parents home country.
Need I talk about the hockey teams? Who knows where these men's live, they all skate for a NHL team in North America.
Even the women of hockey has them all over North America playing for colleges and universities not in their home country.
Very few athletes need to have an interrupter on hand when interviewed. Even their parents in the "spotlight" pieces speak English.

When I was a little girl you "hated" the Russians, East Germans and any other eastern block country. It was something you taught from the cradle.

Now that has all changed. Walls have come down, country boundaries have been redrawn, the world has shrunk. Pretty soon the whole world will be a big melting pot of God's creations.