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Old 08-12-2016, 01:23 PM
 
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It is always like that. Only in 2008 China won more gold medals but America still had the most total count.
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Old 08-12-2016, 01:26 PM
 
Location: sumter
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Even proportionally (population country by country) the USA is not doing fine.
That maybe true, but most people go by the final medal count, they don't have a board for proportionally medal count.

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Old 08-12-2016, 02:29 PM
 
Location: San Diego, California Republic
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I have noticed this anti intellectualism a fair bit in USA based shows and have always wondered whether it was actually true or not. The clique-ish nature of USA high school seems a rather sad reality. Honestly, from what i have read and seen, which is in no way enough, after the lack of a universal healthcare, the education system is probably the second thing i would change about your country. It just feels so foreign and unnecessary to me.
Feels the same way to me and I live here.
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Old 08-12-2016, 02:32 PM
 
Location: San Diego, California Republic
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^^^ But at what price?
In the US nearly 40 million kids play organized team sports. They practice multiple times a week (sometimes late into the night), weekends, and are a part of stiff competition to win a coveted spot on the local travel team or private club.
Sports takes priority over all else. Kids (AND parents) who don't excel get disappointed and angry.
To keep with the demands placed on the athletes, parents are also enrolling their kids in pricey specialty camps for the summer, and some are taking their kids to sports psychologists to help them keep their emotions under control on the field.
Parents are addicted to watching her children play. They don't provide their kids quality family life. They just rush from practice to games and competitions, and actually live in fear of their kids' coaches, to the point of neglecting their kids' emotional health. They rather cancel appointments for their depressed kids so they wouldn't miss practice, otherwise their coach won't play them....
Another excellent post.
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Old 08-12-2016, 04:37 PM
 
Location: world
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Awesome!

Unfortunately, the rest of the world won't catch up by any chance. If you look beyond the Olympics, you'll notice that no other country has ever won a single NFL world championship!
World championship in football. Are you trolling ?
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Old 08-12-2016, 04:41 PM
 
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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
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Old 08-12-2016, 04:44 PM
 
Location: world
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Johnny Manziel gets more attention than any Olympics gold medalist. College football was practically synonymous with school spirit in my school.
Johnny who?
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Old 08-12-2016, 04:45 PM
 
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^^^ But at what price?
In the US nearly 40 million kids play organized team sports. They practice multiple times a week (sometimes late into the night), weekends, and are a part of stiff competition to win a coveted spot on the local travel team or private club.
Sports takes priority over all else. Kids (AND parents) who don't excel get disappointed and angry.
To keep with the demands placed on the athletes, parents are also enrolling their kids in pricey specialty camps for the summer, and some are taking their kids to sports psychologists to help them keep their emotions under control on the field.
Parents are addicted to watching her children play. They don't provide their kids quality family life. They just rush from practice to games and competitions, and actually live in fear of their kids' coaches, to the point of neglecting their kids' emotional health. They rather cancel appointments for their depressed kids so they wouldn't miss practice, otherwise their coach won't play them....
That is a culture and mentality that applies to upper-class or upper middle class families. In lower-income communities, sports teaches discipline and helps keep kids out of trouble. It also enlightens kids who had a rough childhood.

It depends on where you are.
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Old 08-12-2016, 05:17 PM
 
Location: LA, CA/ In This Time and Place
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We are a sports powerhouse, large population, large delegation being sent to every game, women participate(which is very crucial), and are an industrialized, wealthy nation. The U.S has been coming in either first place or second in total medal haul for summer games. The exception is the 1988 games in Seoul, when we came in third place behind the Soviet Union and East Germany.

We tend to win in many sports, though in soccer, fencing, track and field we tend to be weaker.

Our biggest competitor is China, not Russia. The Chinese are giving us a run for our money in terms of medal count.
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Old 08-12-2016, 05:18 PM
 
Location: LA, CA/ In This Time and Place
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And MLB World Series Champions.
And we do not dominate soccer at all. On the flip side we leaders in American football and basketball.
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