Maybe I am a protectionist. Or, more to the point, I could be a nationalist. There are probably more than a few names I could be called. Why?
The Olympics are great to watch. The whole point of them has always been kind of altruistic from a national point of view. While we support athletes from our own country in their pursuit of the medals, we also cheer on those from other countries. The whole point of the games is not winning, but merely competing. I believe one of the earliest organizers of the modern Olympics quipped something to that effect. I agree. Somewhat.
It always feels great to watch some athlete from a second or third world country such as Nowhereastan win a medal. We like to think of what they had to overcome. And then we find out the truth. The athlete attended a university here in the US, and trains with the US Olympic Team. And then to thank the good old US for everything we have done for them, they go back to their country and play for them.
In this case, at least to me, it seems that we ought to get some credit for the athletes success. Obviously the athlete won the race, but how would they have done without our support here in the US? Would they come here if doing so would not help their perfomance? I do not think so.
I propse that next time an athlete comes here to train and live, and then goes back home, with the knowledge and training that they recieved here, that we ask for one thing in return. When they win the gold medal for whatever country they rep for, they keep the medal, but the US gets the tally mark in the medal column. It is the least they can do to repay us.
A thank you is in order.