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Old 02-13-2018, 12:16 PM   #1
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The Olympics

You know the Olympics used to be that you competed for and represented your country. With dual citizenships and with easing of qualifying regulations athletes can, in general, pretty much qualify to represent under any flag they wish to.

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Uh huh...
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Let me elaborate. There's one athlete, born and raised in the USA, (American father/ Japanese mother) in the current winter games that renounced his US citizenship when he turned 21 so he can continue skating for Japan. Japan is one of among many countries that does not allow dual citizenship when you become an adult.
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Let me elaborate. There's one athlete, born and raised in the USA, (American father/ Japanese mother) in the current winter games that renounced his US citizenship when he turned 21 so he can continue skating for Japan. Japan is one of among many countries that does not allow dual citizenship when you become an adult.
The facts are clear. Do you support these actions or do you oppose them? What do you think the rules should be?
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The facts are clear. Do you support these actions or do you oppose them? What do you think the rules should be?
Only the extreme cases where foreign athletes were scouted and granted citizenships simply for the fact that the sponsoring nation didn't have any of it's own citizens good enough for the sport, I oppose.
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Only the extreme cases where foreign athletes were scouted and granted citizenships simply for the fact that the sponsoring nation didn't have any of it's own citizens good enough for the sport, I oppose.

It's opportunism on a very public stage. An athlete isn't good enough to make the Olympic team in the USA, for example, so he claims a connection to another country through his ethnic background and performs for that country so he can go to the Olympics.
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I find the athletes to be extraordinarily competent and great entertainment, to the fans of each event, no matter their country/ethnicity of origin..

We have watched, often in awe, every athlete, every venue possible..

The Olympics are amazing and wonderfully entertaining this go around..

We enjoy all offerings, especially those of the younger men and women who have dedicated their lives to their sport..

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It's opportunism on a very public stage. An athlete isn't good enough to make the Olympic team in the USA, for example, so he claims a connection to another country through his ethnic background and performs for that country so he can go to the Olympics.
But in some cases there is no ethnic connection.....
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But in some cases there is no ethnic connection.....
That, in my mind, makes it even worse.
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I understand it's part of the snowboarding culture but I never cared for their baggy clothing flying through the air.
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