How U.S. Negativity Is Overshadowing U.S. Success.

While the United States dwells on the medals we didn't win, we are ignoring the ones we did.

James LeBeauby James LeBeau

You know you've had it good for too long when all you want to do is focus on the negativity instead of all the good that’s happening. Such is the curious case of the United States so far in this early leg of the Olympics. Maybe it's overconfidence or the need to be the best at everything, but it seems that so far, all we want to do is complain and focus on the medals we haven’t won instead of the ones we did.

Case in point, Ryan Lochte wins the first swimming event of the 2012 games and all we want to focus on is how Michael Phelps finished out of the medals. The U.S. Gymnastics team puts itself in position to win their first gold in 16 years, and what do we focus on? We focus on the reigning world champion who failed to qualify for the finals. Missy Franklin and Matt Grevers both win gold in the 100 backstroke and we instead focus on Ryan Lochte, who failed to win a medal in the 200 freestyle.

And the list could go on and on.

It's just crazy that we as a country would rather focus on the negative so far in these games instead of embracing the proud Olympians who have stepped it up to medal so far. Personally, I think we should follow London's example and just relax and have a good time.

From the Queen skydiving with James Bond, Mr. Bean blowing his nose through "Chariots of Fire.", and stoic Palace Guards cranking their normally unmovable necks to see bikini-clad volleyball players roll around in the sand, the Brits have stepped it up in the fun department.

Heck, even the London mayor is getting into the act, comparing beach volleyball players to 'wet otters' and remarking on their 'glistening' bodies.

“As I write these words there are semi-naked women playing beach volleyball in the middle of the Horse Guards Parade immortalized by Canaletto. They are glistening like wet otters and the water is plashing off the brims of the spectators' sou'westers. The whole thing is magnificent and bonkers.” London's Mayor Boris Johnson's reason number 19 in his recent "20 jolly good reasons to feel cheerful about the Games" column.

With the Summer Olympics only coming around once every four years, the United States needs to quit dwelling on the negative and just embrace the moment. I get that we have an overwhelming urge to be the best at everything but just this once, can't we balance that overwhelming competitive drive that makes us the greatest nation in the world with the simple joy of competing in a competition that embraces all the nations of the world?

Or at least follow British lead. Maybe we can get President Obama to bungee jump from the Washington monument or something.

James LeBeau is a sports contributor for CraveOnline Sports and you can follow him on Twitter @JleBeau76 or subscribe on

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