Editorial | Letters Letter: Celebrate, but avoid poor sportsmanship July 10, 2019 Mahalo for supporting Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Enjoy this free story! The USA women’s soccer team turned in impressive victories during the 2019 World Cup. Read more Mahalo for reading the Honolulu Star-Advertiser! You're reading a premium story. Read the full story with our Print & Digital Subscription. Subscribe Now Read this story for free: Watch an ad or complete a survey Log In Already a subscriber? Log in now to continue reading this story. Activate Digital Account Print subscriber but without online access? Activate your Digital Account now. The USA women’s soccer team turned in impressive victories during the 2019 World Cup. Nobody can say it wasn’t deserving for a group of athletes who demonstrated they are clearly at the top of their game. However, I believe they need some re-education in humility and good sportsmanship. Excessive celebration is tantamount to kicking an opponent when they are down and laughing in their faces. I’ve never been a fan of celebratory antics in either male of female sports, especially when you are representing your nation and you have that U.S. flag on your uniform. Team USA are goodwill ambassadors, not a caricature of the “Ugly American,” a perception of the U.S. that many in this world hold. Celebrate achievement, of course, but be mindful you are not just representing yourself, but you are representing your country and its citizens. Do it with class, not bravado. David Biacan Lieutenant colonel (ret.) Wahiawa Click here to read more Letters to the Editor. Previous Story Letter: Don’t dwell on past, help nation move ahead Next Story Will ‘the REIT way’ survive?