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How not to get into the Olympic spirit

Posted on: June 20, 2012

Or how to piss off over 2 million knitters and crocheters with one letter.

According to the Olympic Federation’s Olympic Charter, “Olympism seeks to create a way of life based on the joy of effort, the educational value of good example, social responsibility and respect for universal fundamental ethical principles”. Also according to this charter, “Olympic spirit … requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play”










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Not so today on Ravelry.

I haven’t reproduced the letter here for fear of legal threats to me too, but click the Ravelry link above and it’ll bring you right to it.

The US Olypmic Committee has threatened to sue the site unless they rename the “Ravelympics” event. This event is a celebration of the Olympics in a light hearted style where we participate in teams and knit items to receive “medals” while watching the games. THERE IS NO MONEY MADE FROM THIS EVENT.

According to the Committee, having events such as Sock Putt (for knitting socks)… “denigrate the true nature of the Olympic Games”


That fragment of a sentence right there, what a way to instantly piss off and insult the 2 million+ members of the community.

I’m so gobsmacked at this, I really am.

But, I’m very tempted to do something about it. Ravelry is a site hosted in the US. The US Olympic Committe is flinging it’s trademark threats around the place. But I’m in Ireland. Hmm. Imagine if I were to host a site for the Ravelympics here??? Don’t think there’s much the US Olympic Committee could do about that…

KNITTING IS FUN Y’ALL. It’s not an attempt to denigrate athletes. Although I’d love to see one of them try and knit a sweater to a time limit!


7 Responses to "How not to get into the Olympic spirit"

As we say in New York…..are you freaking kidding me? That’s just….

One way to get our opinion across is to NOT support those companies who are advertising during the Olympic Games. Hit their bottom line and they just might plug in their brains. Maybe.

That’s a crock. They sure don’t have much to do if they have to worry about a bunch of knitters. Idiots.

Go ahead, organize! Although be aware that the UK Olympic committee cancelled the Woolpak gifts of cushions made from British wool for all contestants and sold their stand to a sponsor. The cushions, made by thousands of volunteers, are now in limbo…

Was there not some high-handedness about the “woolsack” project for knitting cushions for the competitors too? Surely they should be encouraging people to interact with the Olympics, no matter how they choose to do it?

It’s really ridiculous. I had heard before that they were very protective of their brand but this is just beyond the beyond.

How embarrassing for this U.S. citizen.

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