The Olympics Between Cultures Dilemma

Did you catch the amazing 400M swimming relay when the Americans barely beat the French? I'm one of those fanatics who shout at the screen as though athletes can hear through the barriers of space and time. The events are usually recorded on our DVR so I'm screaming my support while Cullen Jones and company are snoring in the Olympic Village.

But would I have been rooting as wildly for the country of my citizenship if France were the country of my origin? What if four Indians were swimming their hearts out against the Americans?

During the opening ceremonies, new Americans cheer when the stars and stripes enter the stadium. But most of us also watch eagerly for another flag. Is it possible to feel patriotic towards two nations at the same time, or is that oxymoronic?