posted on Aug, 3 2012 @ 09:05 PM
Being the family member of an Olympic athlete (Men's Gymnastics) I can say that I respect the opinion/question of the OP.
The athletes spend many countless hours of their own time and money (family too) getting to the point where they "qualify" for "free training"
that isn't entirely free. I could go on and on about this, but the point I am trying everybody to understand is the sacrifices and pain that the
athletes go thru just to get to represent their nation.
Once you qualify, you still have to compete just to remain at the olympic training centers. If coaches don't think your attitude or dedication is
there, or even if the coach's personality doesn't jive with the individual, you are gone in a snap of a finger.
Now yes, the experience is second to none....But the "Free" training only includes room and board and equipment to train on/with. What happens if
the athlete doesn't make it? Well, they now have crushed dreams of proudly representing their nation, and are tossed into a world where they rarely
have the social skills, and expertise to compete for a job. So off to school they go and try to learn life's lessons in 4-6 years that they missed
out on, that we all take for granted comming out of high school. See, many are tutored or home schooled from age six all the way to 18-19. These
studies are accomplished in between training sessions though out the day.
Now, the Olympians that do make it and do compete are up against the same challenges just further down the road so to speak(depending on sport). The
Olympians that do metal, are usually donating tons of time talking with school children about their experiences, training, as well as healthy
In my opinion, spending.000000005 percent of our deficit on true role models, is worth every penny. Instead of our govt spending lord knows how many
wasted $$'s on stupid billboards saying not to do drugs, or smoke any type of plant or bath salts, they are spending the money wisely by producing a
"tangible" product for society to enjoy watching, and learning from.
Thanks for reading, and allowing time in your day to read my two cents. Now, if the Olympic committee would just bring back nude competitors!