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“Faster, Higher, Stronger”

The 2012 Summer Olympics are underway; and just like millions of people all over the world, we are following the games. There’s a special interest on this tiny little island because there is an Anguillian competing in the games this year. Way back in 1984, an Anguillian, Keith Connor, won a bronze medal in the triple jump for Great Britain. Now nearly three decades later, Shara Proctor is the first Anguillian-born, female athlete to compete in the games. She will be going for the gold in the long jump.

Not for Anguilla, though. Anguilla doesn’t have its own Olympic Committee.  When she competes and if she stands on that medal podium, Ms. Proctor will be representing Great Britain. That’s probably not all that surprising. After all, Anguilla is part of the Commonwealth. What is surprising is that it’s not actually a given that a citizen of a British Territory can compete for Great Britain. Apparently, Ms. Proctor had to formally become a British citizen in order qualify for Great Britain’s team. One way or another, though, it’s pretty impressive to think that an island of less than 14,000 people boasts even one Olympian when you consider that there are less than 600 of them representing over 310 million citizens of the United States. 

Hopefully, we will be able to watch her compete, but right now it’s anyone’s guess. Between NBC, MSNBC, and CNBC, it’s a bit daunting trying to predict what will be broadcast on television and when. Plus, once again I find myself rather frustrated with my inability to utilize the infinite cloud of modern technology. I know that NBC is live streaming a lot of the competitions on the internet.  Unfortunately, as I’ve mentioned before, the system knows that my ip address is outside of the United States. So it ever so politely tells me that I cannot view the live streams. I had a great idea, however.  Shara Proctor is Anguillian and now legally British. Anguilla is British. England is hosting the Olympics. BBC is English. So the transitive property in mathematics dictates that I, in Anguilla, ought to be able to see the Olympics somehow on BBC.

Wrong. Apparently just like the Olympic Committee doesn’t see an Anguillian as being inherently English, the internet access police don’t see an ip address in Anguilla as being located in England. So BBC blocks me from viewing their live streams, too. In addition, the BBC television station I get here is BBC International which is not televising the games. That means that as far as I can tell, I will only see the women’s long jump competition if NBC chooses to show it to me. Luckily this event doesn’t take place for another week so I have some time to try to master the intricacies of the system. In the end, though, I’ll have to tune in at the proper time to see what’s on and just hope that when someone tells Ms. Proctor to jump, I won’t have to ask you how far (she went).

One Comment

  1. Rose Mary says:

    Whew, you are indeed a (wo)man without an island!