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Old 08-12-2016, 09:40 AM
 
Location: Phoenix
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Old 08-12-2016, 09:50 AM
 
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I think that percentage wise (taking into consideration country populations) the Australians are the most successful Olympians.
the netherlands also win a lot considering their size
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Old 08-12-2016, 09:53 AM
 
Location: San Diego, California Republic
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Considering how many athletes we have there we had better be winning a lot of medals.
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Old 08-12-2016, 10:13 AM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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in recent summer games the US has loaded up early in swimming and gymnastics and then tailed off significantly during Track & Field, a section where we use to have much more success than we do now
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Old 08-12-2016, 10:29 AM
 
Location: Tricity
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I mean, I know we're awesome and all but gold after gold after gold, it gets tiring at some point. Seriously, other countries need to step up, we're winning wrestling, swimming, volleyball, soccer(!!!), gymnastics, and literally everything else. I'm just in awe at how amazing we are, that's all.
You wonder? Well, other countries are not SO sport obsessed like the US.
U.S. culture came to elevate and glamorize sports to an unprecedented degree. Sports fans continue to fuel the overhyped worship of celebrity sports figures, so of course - everyone wants to be a hero, and this attitude somehow crowd out the airtime for kids who might otherwise aspire to be doctors, scientists, craftsmen, entrepreneurs and other jobs that will build our future.
American parents have become obsessed with their children being good at sports. For many of them, that means practice multiple times a week (sometimes late into the night), weekend games, and stiff competition to win a coveted spot on the local travel team or private club. So, instead of playing sports for fun, there is an emphasis on being good, because the star athlete gets all the attention
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Old 08-12-2016, 10:38 AM
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You wonder? Well, other countries are not SO sport obsessed like the US.
U.S. culture came to elevate and glamorize sports to an unprecedented degree. Sports fans continue to fuel the overhyped worship of celebrity sports figures, so of course - everyone wants to be a hero, and this attitude somehow crowd out the airtime for kids who might otherwise aspire to be doctors, scientists, craftsmen, entrepreneurs and other jobs that will build our future.
American parents have become obsessed with their children being good at sports. For many of them, that means practice multiple times a week (sometimes late into the night), weekend games, and stiff competition to win a coveted spot on the local travel team or private club. So, instead of playing sports for fun, there is now an emphasis on being good, because the star athlete gets all the attention


Yep all we have to do is look at how even in High School the football players are placed on a pedestal(sports players are at the top of the social hierarchy) it's even much more exaggerated in College. It's all about winning and bringing notoriety and cash to the school and city. It seems that learning takes a back seat to sports in the US.
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Old 08-12-2016, 11:04 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in Southern Italy
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And then Americans wonder why they aren't liked and throw up a hissy fit about it. Anyway, i think that the sports system in a few countries such as China and the USA are unhealthy, it may not get us as many medal but i prefer the Western European system where the formation of athletes is left to private institutions instead than by the state throughout high schools and colleges. It means that the average citizen spends a much lower amount on something that matters little such as competitive sports rather than basic needs such as healthcare, unemployment, ecc.

As an aside, sports must only be taken for entertainment and athletes mustn't be idolized. The average sports fan would end up being disappointed if he knew which kind of substances most of the competitors made use of. Sportsmen who are supposed to be squeaky clean are beating the records of athletes who made use of performances enhancing drugs, how can people blindly believe in them and their integrity? I'll make an example: Usain Bolt has beaten the likes of Asafa Powell and Justin Gatlin most times yet these two athletes tested positive for doping. How can anyone with the straight face believe in Bolt?
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Old 08-12-2016, 11:06 AM
 
Location: San Diego, California Republic
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You wonder? Well, other countries are not SO sport obsessed like the US.
U.S. culture came to elevate and glamorize sports to an unprecedented degree. Sports fans continue to fuel the overhyped worship of celebrity sports figures, so of course - everyone wants to be a hero, and this attitude somehow crowd out the airtime for kids who might otherwise aspire to be doctors, scientists, craftsmen, entrepreneurs and other jobs that will build our future.
American parents have become obsessed with their children being good at sports. For many of them, that means practice multiple times a week (sometimes late into the night), weekend games, and stiff competition to win a coveted spot on the local travel team or private club. So, instead of playing sports for fun, there is an emphasis on being good, because the star athlete gets all the attention
I agree with every single point you made.
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Old 08-12-2016, 11:08 AM
 
Location: San Diego, California Republic
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Yep all we have to do is look at how even in High School the football players are placed on a pedestal(sports players are at the top of the social hierarchy) it's even much more exaggerated in College. It's all about winning and bringing notoriety and cash to the school and city. It seems that learning takes a back seat to sports in the US.
To the point where those students who are good at science, math, computers etc. are the nerds, outcast and at the bottom of the social ladder.
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Old 08-12-2016, 11:13 AM
 
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And then Americans wonder why they aren't liked and throw up a hissy fit about it. Anyway, i think that the sports system in a few countries such as China and the USA are unhealthy, it may not get us as many medal but i prefer the Western European system where the formation of athletes is left to private institutions instead than by the state throughout high schools and colleges. It means that the average citizen spends a much lower amount on something that matters little such as competitive sports rather than basic needs such as healthcare, unemployment, ecc.
For women in the US this obsession with sports culture is actually healthy. It boosts morale, discipline and confidence in areas other than beauty.

I played soccer, ran cross country and played waterpolo. This really contributed to my success in college and life in general. I like this aspect of American culture.
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