Olympic Pawns

Ordinary Americans have autonomously pursued extraordinary Olympic dreams, while other nations have involved political authorities in the athletic endeavors of their citizens. This has been exemplified in the controversy over the Men's Figure Skating event at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, when political authorities publicly challenged the results of the competition, upset that their athlete did not win the gold medal. Perhaps this occurred because the government has a large vested interest in the success of its athletes. In contrast, athletes in the United States of America have relied on private sources, combined with their own ingenuity and hard work, to make their dreams come true without government involvement or interference...until now. On June 16, 2009, a press conference announced the first ever White House Office of Olympics, Paralympics and Youth Sports. The press release states: This permanent White House Office will promote the values of the Olympic Movement and encourage...(Read Full Article)

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