Ethics Quiz: The Turn-Coat Olympians

Maybe that headline is a bit slanted for an ethics quiz. Anyway…

The story in many media sources was about the mean Chinese social media mob attacking Beverly Zhu, a 19-year-old figure skater who was born and raised in the United States but competes for China under the name Zhu Yi. In the same Times story, I learned about another U.S born and raised Olympian, Eileen Gu, a freeskier who also chose to represent in the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics and won the gold in the women’s freestyle skiing big air event. (As I think I’ve hinted here, Olympic Games held to promote a brutal Communist regime which uses its wealth to corrupt American institutions and was responsible for infecting the world are well down my priority list, below eating slugs and watch Alec Baldwin movies.

However, once I was made aware of the two athletes, my reaction was “What the hell?” If it had any principles, our boot-licking government would have boycotted the ’22 Olympics for real, and not substituted a symbolic and toothless “diplomatic boycott.” If our athletes cared about opposing little things like genocide and slave labor, some of them would have stayed home, or at least defied Nancy Pelosi’s warning not to make Big Chinese Brother mad by, for example, telling the truth.

But Zhu and Gu are in a whole other category. They deliberately joined the Chinese team to defeat the United States of America, where they have been raised and have benefited from all of the freedom and quality of life advantages China does not provide to its citizens. Never mind criticizing the regime, these women are actively assisting it.

My verdict? That is unethical, disloyal, and despicable.

Change my mind, if you can.

Your Ethics Quiz of the Day is…

Do you agree that the two athlete’s decision to compete for China and against the U.S. is unethical?

At least the Chinese have been cruel to Zhu, which serves her right. I developed particular dislike for Gu after reading this quote, as it was reported that she refused to answer questions of whether she has given up her U.S. citizenship to join Team China, which doesn’t permit dual citizenship among all the other things it doesn’t permit. My guess is that China made exceptions for both Zhu and Gu in order to have their assistance in defeating the Great Satan. Wait, that’s Iran. Well, close enough. Oh yes, the quote:

I’ve always been super outspoken about my gratitude to the U.S., especially the U.S. team,” she said, according to Sports Illustrated. “I feel as though they’ve helped me out so much in my development, they continue to support me. And same with the Chinese team. They’ve always been super supportive and they’ve helped me so much. And so in that sense, I think that that speaks volumes to the ability of sport to bridge the gap and to be a force for unity…First of all, I’m an 18-year-old girl. I’m a kid. I haven’t even gone to college yet. I’m a pretty normal person … If people don’t have a good heart, they won’t believe me, because they can’t empathize with people who do have a good heart. And so in that sense, I feel as though it’s a lot easier to block out the hate now. And also, they’re never going to know what it feels like to win an Olympic gold medal.

You know who else will never going to know what it feels like to win an Olympic gold medal? Those Uyghurs who won’t be born because their potential mothers were sterilized by the nation you’re voluntarily representing. And any of the aspiring athletes killed by the Wuhan virus.

The 18-year-old Olympian, born in San Francisco,

7 thoughts on “Ethics Quiz: The Turn-Coat Olympians

  1. I wonder how much China’s one-child policy has led to a lack of female athletes to fill their ranks.

    Is that related these athletes “defecting” to China?

    -Jut

  2. This isn’t the first time US athletes compete for other countries. Track and field athletes do it all the time, mostly because they couldn’t make the US team so the compete for Jamaica or Trinidad.

    I read that the possibility of making more money in China is a driving factor for these two athletes to compete for China. At least one of them renounced her US citizenship in order to compete for China. The quote above is awful, basically stating, “hey, don’t hate on me ’cause I am skiing/skating for Beijing. What’s the big deal with international borders anyway? We’re all just athletes and sports will bring about world peace. So, get off my back, ok?”

    But, aren’t the Olympics a sham anyway? Russia was banned for doping abuses. That should mean all of their athletes shouldn’t be competing, right? But, they compete under the banner of the Russian Olympic Committee. What does that mean? Oh, yeah. Ad revenues. Got it. Thanks IOC for clarifying.

    jvb

  3. From what I understand, China does not permit dual citizenship. Since they cannot compete unless they become Chinese citizens, they had to renounce the US citizenship.
    In a few years they really may come to regret that decision.

    • Well, it gets murky. The United States is under no obligation to recognize a renunciation of citizenship, unless done in person in writing before diplomatic staff. Absent such a statement made with a clear intent to renounce all rights and privileges, including expressly renouncing the right of unrestricted return to the US, the athletes discussed here could simply return and go back to their normal lives.

      (Their likelihood, however, of ever getting a security clearance in light of purportedly renouncing their citizenship in favor of China is pretty much null).

  4. Just more examples of the cult of self, which is perhaps evidenced most clearly in sports but is extant in virtually all areas of our culture. Neither family, community, state or nation can hold a candle to self-interest in the minds of cult members. Narcissists one and all.

  5. It seems to me that choosing to compete for a nation you have no direct connection to except for your racial lineage makes you. . . what is that word I am looking for? Ethnocentric? Nah, that’s not right. I think it begins with an “R”.

    Whatever, I hope she finds life in China all she believes it to be after she is no longer able to compete.

  6. I deem all those who participate in these games, either actively or passively, to be engaged n a treacherous act against human rights. The two, in particular, should not be allowed re-entry into US society. Let them wallow in their communist Shangri la. No American or anyone who believes in the dignity of man should be giving credence to this propaganda.

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