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Time to clean up the stable

Olympic medalist it says. Not from here. From some country far away. Big hero in their home country. NBC does a story on their country and their family. The medalist gets the keys to their city. They are a big hero. Read on.

The fine print at the bottom of the story reports that the medal winner attended college in the USA. The big medal winner not only attended college in the USA, but also participated in NCAA sports. Of course the medal winner was coached by an American coach. How nice.

Lets cut to the chase. A foreign athlete with potential needs to get some training that will elevate them to world class level. Their home country offers no adequate training or coaching, not to mention competition, so the athlete decides to move to the USA. What a good move for them. Move to the country that supposedly all the world hates, and get top notch coaching, training, and competition.  Pretty cool. But wait. It gets better.

Most top level athletes get scholarships while in school. That means that not only does a good athlete get free coaching, training and competion, but also free schooling and most likely, housing. All nice perks afforded a top athlete. Not bad. It is how we do it in America.

So our top athlete from a 2nd rate country(any that is not the USA) gets it pretty good here. We the taxpayers pay for a lot of their free stuff that they will take back to their country.

We educate them. We feed them. We elevate them in their sport. We give them knowledge to take back to their country. And how do they reward us? They win medals for their home country. What a crock.

I am tired of reading about this BS. If we are good enough to mooch off, then we are good enough to win medals for.  Come here for a free bag of goodies and then act like you live here. Yeah, if our coaching is good enough for your sorry rear end, then when you win a medal, win it to the national anthem of the country that got your sorry rear end on that podium. If you want to rep for your country, then stay there and go to college. Stay there and keep your coach. Forget the NCAA.

NCAA equals USA. Olympic medals won by anyone who has competed in the NCAA belong to the USA.

Comment balloon 4 commentsKevin Robinson • August 16 2008 07:36PM

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Kevin, this sounds similar to our immigration problem.  I didn't realize it went to the olympics also but sounds like it does.

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 9 years ago

Kevin - you have a point there. My wife doesn't understand how people who play for U.S. teams or got their training at U.S. colleges get to play for other countries.

Posted by Mike Saunders (Lanier Partners) over 9 years ago

It is one of those weird and wonderful things. There was a runner a few years ago called Zola Budd I think. SHe was from South Africa when SA was banned from the Olympics so she "became" British in a very weird way.

Posted by Simon Conway (Orlando Area Real Estate Services) over 9 years ago

I worked with a woman who won an Olympic silver medal in either woman's giant slalom or downhill I believe. She was a U.S. citizen but was born in West Germany, her father was stationed there. She had dual citizenship. She didn't qualify for the U.S. ski team in 1968 so she tried out for a qualified for the West German team. She medaled, no American did in that event.

Posted by Mike Saunders (Lanier Partners) over 9 years ago

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