There is a big difference between the wrestlers that Mx5 is talking about and the relay runners you are talking about. Why?
Because the relay runners did this in good fun, and in fact, the crowd were encouraging them (they said this themselves when they appeared on Roy and H.G.'s show "The Dream"). And I, myself, do not doubt that.
The wrestlers were downright rude in their display (I am going on what Mx5 has said, as I didn't see it myself).
There is a big difference in having fun, and being outright arrogant towards a crowd which has paid good money to see you perform.
On something else;
On the show I just mentioned, The Dream, they had two of the relay runners on last night (BTW..I understand that NBC is showing this program). Roy and H.G. and these two Yanks were cracking jokes with one another.
At one stage Roy said this "We have nothing against the Americans.....on an individual basis.....but when they are en masse it is a different story". You know what? These two guys wholeheartedly agreed, and even went on to say that compared to us Aussies that Americans are very emotionally uptight, whereas we are more laidback and always looking for a laugh and good time. These guys said that being in Syderney has been great in that respect, and that our laid-back look at life and attitude has helped them, not only fit-in, but also to be more relaxed so that they can perform well.
These two runners, also went on to say something that I said in another thread. That (in general) Americans should take some time laugh at themselves.
I could've sworn that these two had been reading all of our ramblings here.
On our cultures and that.
Our cultures are very similar, but in the most part, they are gulfs apart. Just look at our television and film to see what I mean.
We have here in Australia what we call either the yobbo or the ocker element. This was shown at the Olympics when there was a male streaker (who wasn't much to look at might I add) at one of the soccer matches. Just twenty minutes ago, because of high winds, they have had to delay the final events in the rowing/sculls/etc. Because the crowd was getting restless, a few people decided to swim across the lake and take over the medal podium. The police stood by and watched these 3 guys and 1 gal for a while, until it was announced that they were getting ready to start, upon which the cops approached them and ask them to move (in which case they proceeded to swim back across the lake....oh yeah....two of the guys were wearing speedos as well
It is this sense of fun which I think most Aussie aspire to, and this extends to our pisstaking of other people (just ask the Kiwis about this), because we know we do it in good fun and humour, and when the *favour* is returned we also take it the same way, with no offence taken. This is our ocker attitude towards life (this attitude was shown in the opening ceremony with the lawn mowers, tap dancers, and other bits and pieces).
And as I have mentioned before, I have nothing against the general American population, except when it comes to sport, in which case it is all out war.