Face-Off: The Olympics are Overrated


No: The Olympic games are underrated today for a few reasons. Thousands of athletes from around the world compete in them. The Olympic games themselves have more than 200 nations that participate. They are only held every four years, alternating between summer and winter every two years within the four-year period, giving each category of competition a chance to show their sport. 

Between the summer and winter Olympics being every four years, there are some sports that are hardly recognized compared to others and athletes rarely get the chance to show what they’ve been practicing hard to compete with. A few of these sports that are considered not as recognized as others are Archery, trampoline, air pistol, and many others. If they were held more often, these sports may get more recognition from many countries and gain admirers. 

The most underrated part of the Olympics seems to be the winter competitions. Fewer and fewer Americans watch the events each year, especially the Winter ones. On the opening day of the Bejing Olympics, there were only 16 million viewers in the United States on all viewing platforms. According to the Wallstreet Journal, that’s a 43% drop since the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. This could also be due to the fact that the Summer Games have around 41 events in the summer that gets over in a little less than a month, in comparison to the 15 categories in the Winter Games that wrap up in about 3 weeks.

All in all, The Olympic Games altogether are an underrated sport because of how often they are displayed and able to be viewed, and the Winter Games alone also are beginning to show how fewer and fewer individuals watch the Games. There are changes that can be made so the Olympics become more recognized and enjoyed.