Four U.S. team members apologize to China

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  • claudia
    Aug. 7, 2008 10:45 a.m.

    Conditions in LA is not something we need to be proud of

  • fran
    Aug. 7, 2008 7:33 a.m.

    Thanks for sharing the clue, yup, We are talking about wearing a mask inside the airport. Glad to know you enjoy LAX better than a lot of people.

  • yup
    Aug. 6, 2008 11:22 p.m.

    Fran, you are clueless, LAX is less than a quarter mile from the Pacific ocean, there is no pollution at LAX, the air flow of the ocean prevents pollution from hanging in the air. The wind currents either push air out to sea or inland.

  • I have also been to Beijing
    Aug. 6, 2008 7:04 p.m.

    on many occasions. The pollution there is not life threatening and not nearly as bad as people make it out to be. I have seen many days there that are much better than Salt Lake Valley. It is these athletes that are ignorant and naive, not joe.

  • Lora
    Aug. 6, 2008 6:04 p.m.

    Friedman has been named as the ringleader, likely because in 2006 he was diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism, which severely damaged his right lung.

    We wonder if he was in China before

  • fran
    Aug. 6, 2008 5:55 p.m.

    The new Beijing airport terminal is ten times better than LAX and JFK and way out of the downtowns pollution, wearing a mask is ignorant and snobblish

  • byron
    Aug. 6, 2008 10:50 a.m.

    China is the only country in the world that would take offense to something like this, they're not stupid, they know that Beijing is home to some of the world's most polluted air. This is the Olympics not a celebration of China's greatness; endurance athletes especially are going to take precautions to protect their lungs and enhance their chances to preform at the highest level. Who is really being offended here? The people of Beijing, who often wear air quality masks themselves? Not likely. The Chinese propaganda machine is not going to miss a beat and it looks like our friend Joe here just bit hook line and sinker. Joe you know nothing about the affects of air pollutants and athletic performance, and you know nothing about propaganda and international politics. Your broad, all encompassing comment is as ignorant as they come. The Olympics should be about athletic competition not politics. It's too bad that seems the other way around.

  • where's may post? free media?
    Aug. 6, 2008 10:37 a.m.

    here's may post? free media?

  • I've been in the States
    Aug. 6, 2008 10:36 a.m.

    to be frank, US people's image in the world is not as good as it used to be... getting more arrogant and mean, that's not a good sign.

  • HJ
    Aug. 6, 2008 10:32 a.m.

    As a Chinese, I think their act is extremely arrogant and insulting, however, considering all the negative news brought to the US public by the CNN and its alikes, this overly exaggeration is understandable to some extent.
    It's apparent that some kids need more family decipline and learn to repect others especially when they are being guests in other people's home. Otherwise they bring shame to their parents.

  • bob
    Aug. 6, 2008 10:01 a.m.

    joe,sorry to not meet your high standards in your sophistication and mature sperior adult views. We are just simple people and just don't know no better. Pardon Please

    Aug. 6, 2008 9:49 a.m.

    These atheletes shouldn't have to appologize. They're trained to hard and prepared most of their lives to compete at the highest level. If they walked around in a full body suit that's their choice. I guess "choice" in China is frowned upon. Weirdos!

  • joe
    Aug. 6, 2008 8:47 a.m.

    I find the Americans really naive and childish

  • Anonymous
    Aug. 6, 2008 8:37 a.m.

    The Chinese want all the glory but none of the criticism that comes with presenting the Olympics.

    They are offended by anything.

    Boycott the Beijing Olympics.

  • Why apologize?
    Aug. 6, 2008 7:51 a.m.

    They should have held their noses as well.

  • Belgie
    Aug. 6, 2008 7:49 a.m.

    Apologies no doubt forced by a country that is the cradle of oppression and human rights violations. I've been to Beijing several times, and I think they were smart for wearing the masks. That place will take years off of your life.

  • sob
    Aug. 6, 2008 7:45 a.m.

    its ok for all the chinese to wear masks but if some one else does thats an insult give me a break