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To: dfwgator
Do athletes really go to the Olympics for their country, or for themselves?

Mostly themselves. In America there is little if any governmental support for athletes. Most people have no idea how hard it is to get to achieve that level of competitiveness in any sport. The dedication is single-minded and the determination absolute.

But that doesn't change the fact that most of these athletes are delighted and deeply proud to hear their national anthem play, and to represent America. But it's a highly individual pursuit.

75 posted on 02/23/2006 4:54:32 PM PST by Zack Nguyen
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To: Zack Nguyen

I agree with you Zack.
I see Shani Davis as an inspiration...not a selfish man. So he chose to put more focus in achieving a gold medal in the individual 1000m, that doesn't make him a bad guy.


76 posted on 02/24/2006 7:05:57 PM PST by FeeinTennessee (............Experiencing Tagline Blackout.............)
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To: Zack Nguyen

Ahhhh how do you feel about your post after seeing Shani Davis’ medal ceremony? He did not place his hand on his heart or look at the FLAG. Zero on the campaign trail is what I saw.
PS. I wasn’t thrilled with Shaun White’s air guitar, but at least he is a proud American.


77 posted on 02/19/2010 12:56:32 AM PST by lilycicero
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