The Middle Way is at the roots of nonviolent protest. It does not mean in the "center," as in politics, but transcending above and beyond radical notions toward peace and tranquility. This approach is indeed effective not only in relation to the Olympics, but in protesting any oppression against any people.
With the Middle Way aspect on things, I believe Dalai Lama had it right on the head with everyone being equal. Everyone had the God given right to be equal no matter where they are. However, there are many times in life where equality is out of the question. Think of the 2008 Canadian Olympics, there were winners, there were losers. Those who won were recieving honors higher than others; however, everyone who participated was an equal human being. Maybe not by the end of the day, but they were definitely were treated peacefully and fair because of the end result of said games.