American Olympic swimming medalists Gary Corridor Sr. and Gary Corridor Jr. sounded off on “Hannity” Tuesday following report of a proposal to doubtlessly redesign the U.S. Olympic Committee’s U.S. flag emblem.
Corridor Sr. received Silver medals within the 1968 Mexico Metropolis, 1972 Munich and 1976 Montreal Olympiads, whereas his son received Golds within the 1996 Atlanta, 2000 Sydney and 2004 Athens video games.
Corridor Jr. declared that “Previous Glory does not want rebranding,” and added that the USOC might have and will have higher allotted its assets slightly than, doubtlessly, to an company or marketing consultant if any had been concerned within the emblem redesign plans.
“What irritates me out of this complete factor is that there’s some advertising and marketing or branding agency on the market that has already been paid some huge cash for these drafts even and these assets, could not they be higher utilized by supporting our athletes or giving it to an anti-doping company to catch cheaters?” he requested.
“The best honor of my life was in Montreal in 1976 after I was chosen to hold the American flag for the U.S. Olympic workforce main into Montreal Stadium,” Corridor Sr. mentioned. “And the American flag is iconic. It does not simply symbolize the best nation on the earth. It represents and symbolizes hundreds of thousands of Individuals who’ve labored exhausting, who’ve sacrificed, a few of them, with their very own lives.”
The Halls additionally talked about one other household hero, Corridor Jr.’s cousin – a Navy SEAL who was killed in motion in Iraq in 2016.
“Nobody has the fitting to vary that apart from U.S. Congress, and to me, it is disrespectful to even contemplate altering the American flag,” Corridor Sr. continued.
In response to host Sean Hannity’s protection of the story on Monday, USOC spokeswoman Kate Hartman mentioned the imagery featured on “Hannity” “was considered one of many ideas being brainstormed as a part of a branding emblem replace for the USOPC.”
“We wish to be clear that we love our nation and respect the American flag. We should not have any intention, to not point out the authority, to vary our nation’s flag that flies above the rostrum when a member of Staff USA achieves Olympic or Paralympic greatness,” Hartman concluded.
As well as, Hannity mentioned the rebranding is a “waste of time” and pointed to sports activities just like the NHL the place followers took over nationwide anthem duties, for example of help for maintaining the emblem as-is.