In watching the 2009 Swimming World Championships last night, something became clear. Germans are coming yet another step closer in expressing their national belonging and pride.

Every time a German won a race and the national anthem played, my TV was flooded with images of people dressed in black, red and gold and with a huge smile on their faces that had GER or D written all over them.  It seems that sporting events have really pushed this quest for national identity forward. It is here, where one can see the patriotic display of all nations, without shame and political connotation.  It is here where an athlete can represent their country in a peaceful, non-political way.