Jamie Johnson: Extremely Rich New Yorkers Watch the Olympics Completely Differently From Everyone Else

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We see this every day. Photo: Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP/Getty Images

"Unlike most Americans, who are happy to grant accomplished Olympians a level of respect normally reserved for national heroes, cosmopolitan elites view the athletes competing at the games as mere entertainers of the moment. Battles in Vancouver, where blood, sweat, and tears are expended to capture victory over opponents by razor-thin margins, translate on television screens back in New York’s affluent homes as so many expendable prime-time diversions." Because most Americans care about bobsledding and ice dancing year-round, you see. [VF]