Nine Hundred and Eight: Pangea: Z-clipped: I'm fine with countries giving athletes grants for training to encourage participation in the Olympics, but cash rewards for medals are bullshiat. They go against the entire idea of the Games.You're not getting paid for the Olympics until after you've won a medal. So you're still an amateur until that point.The idea of someone remaining an amateur after they've proven themselves to be one of the 3 best athletes IN THE WORLD, for a given sport is patently absurd.You have ascended to the next level once you stand on that podium. Stop hatin'.The amateur thing is no longer a rule for competing in the Olympics and has not been for a while.
AliceBToklasLives: Z-clipped: AliceBToklasLives: Z-clipped: I'm fine with countries giving athletes grants for training to encourage participation in the Olympics, but cash rewards for medals are bullshiat. They go against the entire idea of the Games.It does go against the entire ideal of the Olympics, which is amateurism. According to that ideal, only folks who are independently wealthy should compete in sports. 'Mechanical men' (or manual laborers - those who work with their hands) are not part of the club. It is for the rich, not those dirty cheating masses. So yeah, uh, fark the Olympic idealSee my above comment.Meh. The ideal is still elitist. Success should be rewarded financially, esp. by capitalist societies.
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