So why did Manzano carry two flags with him on his victory lap? As the world looked on, he held up both the U.S. flag and the Mexican flag. Not a good look. And not a good idea…
Some people will insist that this is Manzano’s choice to make, that it was his sweat and sacrifice that got him to London, and this was his victory to celebrate however he saw fit. Those people are wrong. They’re focused on the individual. But the last thing the Olympics is about is the individual.
It’s about being part of a team — the U.S. Olympic team. It’s about national pride, not ego. Manzano wasn’t there to compete for himself but to represent his country. All he had to do was decide which country that was. He chose not to choose.
What am I missing? Where were the Italian-American athletes waving the Italian flag, or the Irish-Americans waving the Irish flag? I didn’t see that.