Comments about ‘USA speedskating woes continue: Americans can't win at the Olympics while the Netherlands can't lose’

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Published: Sunday, Feb. 16 2014 1:50 p.m. MST

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Eliyahu
Pleasant Grove, UT

I don't see any need for beating ourselves up because we don't take home medals in every sport. There are fine athletes all over the world, and many European countries put a lot more emphasis on competitive skiing and skating than we do. In any case, just making it to the Olympics is an achievement worthy of recognition. Everyone out there, man or woman, is among the finest athletes in the world and have nothing to be ashamed of. Not everyone is going to win a medal. In fact, the majority of them will never win a medal simply because there are far more competitors than medals. What matters is that each does his or her best. We can ask nothing more than that.

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

@Eliyahu

"What matters is that each does his or her best."

That's exactly the problem here...our speed skaters aren't doing their best. It's not about medals. But when these athletes are 5% behind their expected times, that means they're not doing their best. When they're slower than they were just two weeks ago, that means they're not doing their best.

If an athlete sets a personal record and finishes 20th, that's not a disappointment. You can't control how good your competitors are on a given day. But the clock doesn't lie - it is the ultimate measuring stick. No matter if the rest of the field is having a good day or a bad day, the clock will tell you where you truly stand against your own possibilities. And the clock shows our speedskating team has come up woefully short of their possibilities.

So yes, there are questions about our athletes' performances that rightfully need to be asked, and answered. Did they peak too soon? Did they eat right? Is it the suits? There are real issues here that need to be addressed.

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