Hi, Buttercup & moviechick.
Yes, I know not everyone considers silver and bronze medalists as Olympic Champions. However, there are people out there that do, and even some which believe any athlete who participates in a Game is a Champion. A good example of the latter would be the site for the Beijing Olympics, they have all of their athletes who participated in an Olympic Game listed as Olympic Champions, regardless if they received a medal or not. I completely agree with their view, but I especially regard those who take any medal as a Champion.
Evgeni may not have won gold in 2002, but he won in the first place by simply qualifying to participate, and he did win by claiming a silver medal rather than nothing. So yes, in my book he is a two-time Olympic Champion, and there are others who occupy this same universe of thought with me.
Last edited by EvgeniRocks; 06-07-2008 at 06:46 AM.
http://www.olympic.org/uk/athletes/p...AR_I_ID=125979). I agree that everyone who participates in the Olympics is worthy of respect, but I don't consider all of them champions.
O/T - for a glimpse of what goes into an Olympic effort, ESPN has a very interesting ongoing series of articles about Kathryn Bertine, who has an athletic but not an Olympic-caliber background, as she tries to qualify for Beijing. It's been published since 2006 (here's the first one http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/etick...=olympianpart1), and is available through the e-ticket section of the website.
Last edited by Buttercup; 06-07-2008 at 10:35 AM. Reason: added link
Ah I just think you say the same with different words, when people say one is an Olympic Champion they refer only to the gold medalist but if they say one has an Olympic Title it can be gold, silver or bronze title, I ve also heard reporters commenting someone as with an Olympic title until the 8th place, in any case Plush has 2 Olympic medals and it is more than good enough .
Plushenko was a two time Olympic medalist. He was an Olympic champion in 2006. The 2002 Olympic champion was Yagudin, not Plushenko. There is a chance that Plushenko could be a three time Olympic medalist. Isn't that exciting?
Last edited by jennylovskt; 06-08-2008 at 05:50 PM.
If he had partcipated in 1998 Olympics(he was unlucky) he would attend 3 games until now and maybe 4 (2010) or maybe also OG 2014!!! when he will be 31(I am only dreaming I know although it would not be impossible, age wise), but maybe his whole carrier would have changed if he attended the 1998 Olympics so I do not complain
As for the titles it is possible that people get confused, he has gained so many golds, we have lost counting!
Well, winning a silver or bronze medal at Worlds does not get you a "world title" or make you a "World Champion" so why does it have a different meaning at the Olympics? I have never heard anyone call the silver or bronze medalist the "Olympic champion". If those are the rules, then I guess we should just say that about all the people who ever medaled at the Olympics..in that case, Michelle Kwan and Irina Slutskaya are both two-time Olympic champions.
Champion (in the sports meaning) = Winner.
1. a person who has defeated all opponents in a competition or series of competitions, so as to hold first place:
2. anything that takes first place in competition
There isn't a definition of "champion" in the dictionary that says "someone who made it to the competition."
Bronze and Silver are called medalists, 2nd or 3rd place, runner-ups, etc. For example, Roger Federer does NOT have a French Open title because he was not #1. Making it to the final round doesn't give you the title. Unless you're using "champion" in the personal character sense of the world, it means 1st place ONLY. In that case, it still wouldn't make sense to use "2-time Olympic champion" for a competition he only won once.
Plushy already has a great winning record-- there's no need to embellish on it and stretch the meanings of words (or in this case, make up meanings) to make him look better. Titles are not a matter of opinion. They are recorded fact. He does not have two Olympic titles. He's a ONE-time Olympic champion. Actually, lot of people would love to be a one-time Olympic champion.
Sorry if this sounds picky, but I was taught to believe that words have actual definitions and aren't just thrown around to mean anything,
Last edited by moviechick; 06-08-2008 at 11:51 PM.
You are right but i didnt write the titles to make him look better i just wrote what I think of.
You wrote the definition of a champion, which is correct, is there a definition of title?Cause title doesnt imply the best, first etc...
I m pretty sure that in Olympics they dont say runner up , I know they use it at Worlds cause there you search for the World Champion cause the competition is called World Championship and not the second or third can be called that, but Olympics is a different kind of competition, mainly it is the history, character and the spirit of the Games, the whole philosophy of it (as it should have been although), I know for sure that in my country where the games were born all the medalist are called champions (ex. golden champion in swimming of 1996 Olympics, silven champ) and that is how it was since ancient years, people who finished 1-8 place were considered champions and were honoured ...but I know that nowdays in the sports world they dont use champion for anyother but the first, so Plush is not for sure Olympic champion twice.
I just think that they use silver or bronze title though for the Olympics and not second, runner up..it has to do with the spirit of competing.
I assume that English is not your native tongue, but the definitions of "champion" and "title-holder" = 1st place. I don't think anyone uses them to label the non-winner. This is just my linguistic side that gets a little picky.
Title = championship, therefore WIN. It's on dictionary.com
5. Sports. the championship: He won the title three years in a row.
You don't own the title unless you won. The 2nd place finisher does not have the title but you can say that he was the runner-up for the title.
Yes, you can use "champion" in a moral sense to describe someone's character, but then it's ridiculous to say something like Olympic champion or World champion if the person didn't win those competitions. And you can be considered a "champion" for human rights or a "champion" at heart, which is an entirely different meaning. It's like getting an A for effort.
"Champion" in the competitive sense means 1st place. This definition is NOT an opinion, without getting too deep into post-modernism. It is a literal meaning that is in the dictionary. There's no: "in my opinion, Johnny Weir is the Olympic champion". That's like saying "in my opinion, the Lakers beat the Celtics last night" (they didn't).
As far as I know, the Olympics are still competitions and therefore the same semantic rules apply to them as the World championships, Wimbledon, etc. If you won a silver medal, you are the Olympic silver medalist NOT the Olympic champion.
Last edited by moviechick; 06-09-2008 at 06:35 AM.
I just asked if the word title mirrors the same thing, because as a plain word title can be used in anything.
I also wrote that in Greece they used to use the word champion for anyone till the 8th place in ancient years to picture the whole competing spirit of the games , but i added that it is not like that in the sport world now. And I added that just now we use championship for the medalists of Olympics,maybe because is an event of every 4 years rather important (to us at least) which is not compared to every year worlds, euros, historically wise.
No need to argue I just didnt know title reflects the same meaning as championship.
The sports meaning of title refers to the championship. The other meanings like title of a book or movie are completely useless in this context. And I'm pretty sure they weren't speaking English in Ancient Greece.
Just because you personally haven't heard of someone other than a gold medalist being referred to as an Olympic Champion doesn't mean it's incorrect to do so. If you can show me something official - like a guideline - which clearly and specifically states it is a rule and/or protocol only 1st place Olympic Game winners are to be considered Champions, then I will concede you are right. Good luck. (Examples like the one you used with the Lakers and Celtics aren't applicable because there is no second or third place awarded as in the Olympics.)
You can think I'm wrong or ridiculous all you want, but Evgeni Plushenko is a TWO-time Olympic Champion in my view, and that's not going to change until he becomes a THREE-time Champion in 2010.
EvgeniRocks, I don't think you are ridiculous, and if you see Plushenko as a two-time champion, good for you. However, moviechick is correct that in the sense of common use of the English language, an Olympic champion or title holder is the winner of the event. This is why Plushenko's Olympic profile, which I linked to before, does not list him as a two-time champion, but as having won one title. I would posit that the IOC is the authority on this matter, not the Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne.
Also, when in doubt, check the dictionary - in this case, the Oxford English dictionary: champion: • noun 1. a person who has won a sporting contest or other competition. 2. a defender of a cause or person. (Emphasis mine). http://www.askoxford.com/concise_oed/champion?view=uk
Evgeni Plushenko is a great and accomplished skater, but a two-time Olympic champion he is not - as of 2008, as you noted. Personally, I hope he doesn't become a two-time champion, and if I had to pick who will win in 2010, I'd say that barring injuries and/or a meltdown, it should be either Takahashi or Joubert.
Last edited by Buttercup; 06-10-2008 at 04:27 AM.