When it comes to athletics, race should never be a determining factor in how a person is selected. Skill and ability to perform under pressure are all that should matter when selecting top athletes especially during a country’s Olympic trials. While there has been zero evidence any athlete was selected based on race and not skill, Fox News Vice President and Executive Editor John Moody wrote an op-ed publicly questioning the validity of America’s Olympic selections (despite all being publicly accessible).
“Were our Olympians selected because they’re the best at what they do, or because they’re the best publicity for our current obsession with having one each from Column A, B and C?” Moody asked in his column that has since been taken down. For what it’s worth, “Fox News, in a statement Friday, said the column by one of its leading executives “does not reflect the views or values of Fox News and has been removed.””
Apparently, the statement that cause such backlash from Moody was a “Washington Post story in which a USOC official expressed pride that the United States sent to the Pyeongchang Games its most diverse Winter Olympics squad ever. That team of 243 athletes was predominately Caucasian, but the Post noted that 10 competitors are African-American and 10 of Asian heritage, about 4 percent each, and there are two openly gay men.” I can only imagine if that number had been a staggering 5%. Moody may have called for the redo of all Winter Olympic trials in America!
The simple fact that the USOC wanted to showcase its improvement is nothing to be offended at in my opinion and the fact that Moody took this as a threat to the future of athletics is quite amazing. The USOC wants to engage more people to expand the support for its Winter athletes (which it most certainly needs as the Winter Olympics are no where near as popular as the Summer Olympics). Increasing views and potential athletes is a needed point for the USOC and if anyone takes offense to this, they seriously need to look at themselves in the mirror and ask themselves what their American values truly are.