And so the tempest in an (online) teapot has officially come to an end. Ravelry voted, and the new name for Ravelympics is the Ravellenic Games. No, it doesn’t have quite as much of a ring to it, but there is already a strong community of Ravelry members playing games in a group called the Ravelry Games, so it wouldn’t be kind to kick them to the curbside just because more people are involved with the Game-Formerly-Known-As-Ravelrympics. And, after all, while the Ravelympics has become a huge, community-wide event, it did originate as just one small group.
Ironically, the Panhellenic Games, which the Ravellenic Games are being named after, were the big cojones of their day – the Olympic Games were just one of four separate events under the Panhellenic umbrella. More importantly, however, the Panhellenic Games still accurately reflect one of the major aspects of Ravelry’s games – the concept of the reward of completion being satisfaction enough. Unlike other Ancient Greek athletic or artistic contests of the era, winners received only a garland of pine, laurel, bay leaves, or even dried celery leaves for victory (the Olympic Games were an olive garland).
And while the Games did briefly allow women in during the later (and assumedly more liberal) reign of Emperor Nero, during the original Olympic Games women were not only unable to participate, but they were not even allowed to attend. Ah well, that’s what you get when you try to name a modern event after an ancient custom that holds little relation to modern times.
Anyways, the 24-hour news cycle as moved on, Ravelympics has a new name, and hopefully someone at the USOC’s attorney’s firm is reworking their blasted “form letter” to be more civil.
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