@SanefanAlmost every sport has always had the best athletes compete. Only
a few team sports have at times been limited to amateurs. Incidentally, interest
in hockey at these Olympics has dropped significantly with the NHL players being
kept from the games.
It has become as commercialized and politicized as all the other professional
sports. Also, when they decided to let pro athletes participate, they lost me.
Too bad, it was once a really cool thing. But money disrupts and corrupts all.
Those from other countries have improved their skills and American ethnocentrism
Come on, the U.S. is not "entitled" to any medals. The winners are
those who perform best in their events, regardless of nationality.The Norwegians lead by far, and as a Nordic nation winter sports are their
"thing." Don;t expect them to lead in the summer games.Part
of the U.S. problem is that we have fallen for too many "celebrity"
athletes with name recognition rather than those with the best skills. A few of
the lesser known athletes (including SLC's Nathan Chen) are performing
well, and their performances earned appropriate awards, and people who performed
better got better awards. Still, ANY appearance in the Olympics places an
individual among the very best in the world and a 20th place finish in the
Olympics is something to be very proud of.Congratulations to
everyone who participated, whether they go home with the thrill of victory or
the agony of defeat.
I almost can’t believe there was no mention of curling in the final weeks
events which may inspire us. Almost. ;)
Nathan Chen completed six quads in his free routine, not triples.
I've never been a big fan of winter sports, but the expansion of Winter
Olympic events to include the kitchen sink killed most of what little interest I
had. The end of the Cold War also killed off the usual east-west rivalries.