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(Jezebel)   Olympic Champion Missy Franklin still competes with her H.S. team. Some people have a problem with this   (jezebel.com ) divider line
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2013-01-16 07:25:58 PM  
This is a symptom of the equality culture.  Every kid is the same.  Same smarts, same looks, same athletic ability.  They can't tell some kids they are gifted because that means others are not as good.  Anyone who can demonstrate that there is a difference is evil and should be shunned.  How dare she prove to other kids they don't have what it takes to win.  That damages their self esteem.
 
2013-01-16 07:30:32 PM  
She's an amateur athlete, she goes to that school, she is academically eligible...fark off if you don't like it.
 
2013-01-16 07:31:31 PM  
She attends the school and is otherwise eligible, right? Then piss off.
 
2013-01-16 07:34:45 PM  
These other coaches are sending the wrong message.   Instead of whining, they should be saying, "Yes, she's the best in the world...this is your measuring stick...you'll have to step it up in order to be competitive."

Life isn't fair, get over it.
 
2013-01-16 07:37:25 PM  
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2013-01-16 07:45:29 PM  

mitchcumstein1: She's an amateur athlete, she goes to that school, she is academically eligible...fark off if you don't like it.


Krymson Tyde: She attends the school and is otherwise eligible, right? Then piss off.


slayer199: These other coaches are sending the wrong message.   Instead of whining, they should be saying, "Yes, she's the best in the world...this is your measuring stick...you'll have to step it up in order to be competitive."

Life isn't fair, get over it.


Pretty much all of this.

I don't see what the problem is.
 
2013-01-16 07:49:11 PM  

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: I don't see what the problem is.


Well, see, she's good. Like, really good. Better than the others.

The others don't like that.
 
2013-01-16 07:55:58 PM  
I see all y'alls point but she's not really that hot so I'm not sure what to think here.

I mean she's hot enough that if she was a teacher and had sex with say, 3 or 4 grade 6 boys then that would be cool. But she's not really hot enough to pull this particular thing off.

She's close though and maybe it's the picture so I'm willing to keep an open mind.
 
2013-01-16 08:00:29 PM  
It would be nice to have the option of not selling out.

*wipes mouth, gargles SCOPE*

NEXT!
 
2013-01-16 08:00:29 PM  

mitchcumstein1: She's an amateur athlete, she goes to that school, she is academically eligible...fark off if you don't like it.


+
 
2013-01-16 08:01:59 PM  

Gonz: Well, see, she's good. Like, really good. Better than the others.

The others don't like that.



The others better get used to "Yay, Participation!" ribbons, then.
 
2013-01-16 08:10:37 PM  
But it was perfectly fine for other kids to compete against Amy Van Dyken when she was on the other school's team.
 
2013-01-16 08:13:02 PM  

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: mitchcumstein1: She's an amateur athlete, she goes to that school, she is academically eligible...fark off if you don't like it.

Krymson Tyde: She attends the school and is otherwise eligible, right? Then piss off.

slayer199: These other coaches are sending the wrong message.   Instead of whining, they should be saying, "Yes, she's the best in the world...this is your measuring stick...you'll have to step it up in order to be competitive."

Life isn't fair, get over it.

Pretty much all of this.

I don't see what the problem is.


^^^^

"self esteem" parenting/educating can fark right off. it leaves children completely unable to cope with the real world when they become adults. learning how to handle being not the best, or even failing, is part of growing up.
 
2013-01-16 08:25:14 PM  
Haters Gonna Hate.

"WAH, my daughter can't win because she facing a girl who went into the Olympics, she's cheating!" What if she gets beat by another girl who happens to be better? Exactly. A winner will win one day and lose the next, sadly, today's society has shown us that all our snowflakes are special and #1. Fark off.
 
2013-01-16 08:40:31 PM  
Yet these parents could read 'Harrison Bergeron' without seeing any parallel.
 
2013-01-16 08:40:56 PM  
Eh. Franklin has got to hit the pool for 3 hours a day to stay at that level. Meanwhile, I can drink beer and continue to suck at softball with no effort at all!
 
2013-01-16 08:42:07 PM  
Any normal parent 30 years ago would tell their kid, "you swam against an olympic medalist. How awesome is that? If you can sneak a moment to ask her a question or to, have her give you some advice on swimming, or success, or life in general"

Instead: "WAHHHHHHH"
 
2013-01-16 08:46:46 PM  
Whiny-ass Cherry Creek High School biatches. Get over it. Swim faster.
 
2013-01-16 08:50:26 PM  

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Gonz: Well, see, she's good. Like, really good. Better than the others.

The others don't like that.


The others better get used to "Yay, Participation!" ribbons, then.


It's completely irrelevant to the thread, but have you done TMLO theater in literland anytime recently? Or has that become a TF perk? (Or do you not do it anymore?)

I was thinking about it the other day for some reason.

/I do not know how PMs work
 
2013-01-16 08:51:12 PM  
You've been training all year, you're at the swim meet, it's time for your event.  You get up on the block and look to your left and see on the block next to you ... an Olympic gold medalist.

FUUUUUUUUUU
 
2013-01-16 08:53:17 PM  
That's some extra motivation for everybody else.  When else are you going to get the chance to try to beat an Olympic gold medalist at her own sport?  Step it up.
 
2013-01-16 08:55:03 PM  
I would love to race against someone like that, would take a lot of pressure off me. "Nobody expects me to win against her, just got to go out there and give it my best"
 
2013-01-16 08:55:39 PM  
How's the saying go? "If you're the fastest one in the pool, you're in the wrong pool"?
 
2013-01-16 08:56:12 PM  

grinding_journalist: It's completely irrelevant to the thread, but have you done TMLO theater in literland anytime recently? Or has that become a TF perk? (Or do you not do it anymore?)

I was thinking about it the other day for some reason.

/I do not know how PMs work



Last one I did was in Thread #7000000, a mainpage thread, actually.

I don't do them anywhere near as regularly as I used to, but... who knows?

Anywho, thanks for asking, grinding_journalist - cheers!
 
2013-01-16 08:57:26 PM  
Y'know, in the OTHER article I read about this, the main student biatching actually had already graduated.  And the other HS coaches welcomed the chance to step up their game/competition.  There were a few girls complaining a bit, but that's kind of what teenage girls do.

Whatever.
 
2013-01-16 09:01:51 PM  
Not very bootstrapy.
 
2013-01-16 09:06:40 PM  
So what's the deal with the money the USOC gives medal winners? Why does she get to keep amateur status if she got paid?

And how will Louisville basketball use this loophole for their benefit?
 
2013-01-16 09:06:49 PM  

beautifulbob: This is a symptom of the equality culture.


Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: The others better get used to "Yay, Participation!" ribbons, then.


Kazan: "self esteem" parenting/educating can fark right off.



I didn't get that vibe from the article. The two complaining entities were the school that usually wins the state title, and the former #1 in the state. These people would, in normal years, be considered dominant. That former #1, Bonnie Brandon, finished fourth in the Olympic qualifiers in the 200 backstroke. Her time was probably better than what the world record in that event was 30 years ago.
 
2013-01-16 09:09:19 PM  
It does bother me that every time something like this happens (story of parents/kids being too entitled,) the Fark reaction is that everyone is this way and that this is a bad generation of parents and kids.

Rather than placing the blame where it should be: Cherry Creek's whiny-whiners.
 
2013-01-16 09:10:52 PM  
She's a better role model than a male bong smoking medalist swimmer.
 
2013-01-16 09:12:19 PM  
I am still proud of the fact that I tackled a guy i played football with in HS one day and he ended up playing in the NFL for a few games and hung around on a few practice squads.

I would be excited for my kid if she got beat by someone who will go down as the greatest female swimmer of all time.
 
2013-01-16 09:13:45 PM  

NotEric: So what's the deal with the money the USOC gives medal winners? Why does she get to keep amateur status if she got paid?

And how will Louisville basketball use this loophole for their benefit?


Wait...what?
 
2013-01-16 09:18:22 PM  
In my HS *(any student also a student during my time as a student from grade 9 to 13) we had 3 Olympians, 5 NHL players, 2 Pro Boxers, 1 NFL player (practice squad) and 12 other kids make it to the national level in amateur sport

I dont know if we won or lost since this is canada and sports at the HS level don't mean shiat
 
2013-01-16 09:18:53 PM  
I've played pickup basketball a few times with guys who played D-I in college (nobody famous, just bench guys and walkons), and I jumped at the chance to try to cover them. I got annihilated, but it was cool to say I did it, and the couple of times I managed to deflect a pass out of bounds or get them to settle for a long 2, I felt pretty damn awesome. I'm sure they weren't going 100% or they would have scored on me every time (they scored on me almost every time anyways), but I couldn't pass up a chance to play the best. I don't understand what's wrong with these girls.
 
2013-01-16 09:22:16 PM  

Lou E. Ville: NotEric: So what's the deal with the money the USOC gives medal winners? Why does she get to keep amateur status if she got paid?

And how will Louisville basketball use this loophole for their benefit?

Wait...what?


I'm going to go ahead and guess that NotEric here is a UK fan assuming that UofL will somehow get a player on the Olympic squad, allow them to get a gold medal and get paid, then come back to campus, thereby skirting the issue of not paying players. Somehow. I don't know. It really didn't make too much sense.
 
2013-01-16 09:23:09 PM  

Palmer Eldritch: I've played pickup basketball a few times with guys who played D-I in college (nobody famous, just bench guys and walkons), and I jumped at the chance to try to cover them. I got annihilated, but it was cool to say I did it, and the couple of times I managed to deflect a pass out of bounds or get them to settle for a long 2, I felt pretty damn awesome. I'm sure they weren't going 100% or they would have scored on me every time (they scored on me almost every time anyways), but I couldn't pass up a chance to play the best. I don't understand what's wrong with these girls.


They're HS girls. It's not about competing for them, it's basically a social club that happens to also score points once in a while.
 
2013-01-16 09:24:32 PM  

Lou E. Ville: NotEric: So what's the deal with the money the USOC gives medal winners? Why does she get to keep amateur status if she got paid?

And how will Louisville basketball use this loophole for their benefit?

Wait...what?


Let's just say I'm mixing up Pitino having sex at an Olive Garden and Calipari hanging out with World Wide Wes.
 
2013-01-16 09:25:51 PM  
These losers need to get a life. I played little league baseball with a guy who went on to pitch for six seasons in the majors. Folks didn't like playing against us in Little League. So the fark what?
 
2013-01-16 09:37:37 PM  

beautifulbob: This is a symptom of the equality culture.  Every kid is the same.  Same smarts, same looks, same athletic ability.  They can't tell some kids they are gifted because that means others are not as good.  Anyone who can demonstrate that there is a difference is evil and should be shunned.  How dare she prove to other kids they don't have what it takes to win.  That damages their self esteem.


No, it's a symptom of whiners who built a semi-pro swimming organization and expected to buy their way into a State Championship being faced with the randomness of the universe in the form of a girl/dolphin and refusing to accept that their money does not always get them their way.
 
2013-01-16 09:41:13 PM  
images.tvrage.com

Has got three words for you whiners at Cherry Creek.
 
2013-01-16 09:54:11 PM  
How very Teofilo of her.
 
2013-01-16 10:02:02 PM  

mitchcumstein1: She's an amateur athlete, she goes to that school, she is academically eligible...fark off if you don't like it.


This.
 
2013-01-16 10:04:33 PM  
I heard she also eats crackers like she owns the place.
 
2013-01-16 10:05:21 PM  

2xhelix: But it was perfectly fine for other kids to compete against Amy Van Dyken when she was on the other school's team.


Eh, IIRC, AVD wasn't an Olympic gold medalist in high school. Either way, this thread is right on track. You can't bar an eligible athlete from competing just because they're the best in the world. That's just dumb.
 
2013-01-16 10:10:33 PM  

Palmer Eldritch: I've played pickup basketball a few times with guys who played D-I in college (nobody famous, just bench guys and walkons), and I jumped at the chance to try to cover them. I got annihilated, but it was cool to say I did it, and the couple of times I managed to deflect a pass out of bounds or get them to settle for a long 2, I felt pretty damn awesome. I'm sure they weren't going 100% or they would have scored on me every time (they scored on me almost every time anyways), but I couldn't pass up a chance to play the best. I don't understand what's wrong with these girls.


I think individual timed races are a little different than team sports. I ran against a guy in high school who was a medal finisher at Penn Relays and ended up being pretty good at the D1 level. I got predictably destroyed.

There's not much sense getting upset about it, because you're going to get beat, but it's not really like football or something where if you happen to read the guy right you might make an open field tackle on a much better player one time out of ten. If you're racing someone who's leaps and bounds better than you you're going to lose 100% of the time unless they pull a muscle.
 
2013-01-16 10:10:50 PM  

Insatiable Jesus: [images.tvrage.com image 344x344]

Has got three words for you whiners at Cherry Creek.


Ok, I'm a tool/Maynard fan, and I'm not gettin the reference...so allow me...dafuq?
 
2013-01-16 10:16:32 PM  
Seems like she is very nice and loves life. Genuinely grateful. Seems like a great kid.
 
2013-01-16 10:16:42 PM  
Sometimes your little piece of fame is being able to say "I competed against in high school", and that isn't so bad.

My great-grandfather was one of those family legend types; Jack of all trades, ambidextrous, college graduate at a time when eighth grade was good enough for most country boys from North Carolina, and a thousand stories of his exploits throughout his life. The one thing that I always thought was coolest when I was growing up? The fact that he got to play baseball against Babe Ruth in some type of exhibition game they used to do back in the day.

Get in the pool, take your ass whipping, and tell your grand kids how awesome you were when you competed against an Olympic champion.
 
2013-01-16 10:27:58 PM  

Dougie AXP: Insatiable Jesus: [images.tvrage.com image 344x344]

Has got three words for you whiners at Cherry Creek.

Ok, I'm a tool/Maynard fan, and I'm not gettin the reference...so allow me...dafuq?


See you down in Arizona Bay.
 
2013-01-16 10:32:02 PM  
The kids are honored to be in the pool with an Olympic champion. Who are the whiners? The self-entitled moms, whose swim team had dominated Colorado state championships until they got some real competition.
 
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