National game of Canada
Olympic teams from many countries consisted of NHL players. Sort of
like the All Star games
Highest score wins.
If an all amateur team won I'd say you have bragging rights. Many of
these games were just a mix of pro players. Yes, they are all good
players, but I see this as more of an all-star pickup game.
From a country that fields an NBA team in the summer Olympics, that's pretty
While I tend to agree that the introduction of pro athletes into the games
has changed the concept of the games, but what defines an amateur these
"Sorry PV but the Police will jail you if you dare approach me."
My feelings are the same with basketball too. And our hockey team was NFL
There are few amateurs in the Olympics these days as it is very
expensive to compete and train for years.. Some are making lots of money
from endorsements. Of course, you do have to be good and have the right
People should realize that even though the national sport in Canada is
still officially lacrosse, the only sport that interests people up here
is hockey and a game called "curling".
That's mostly because Canada is a cold country in the winter, and so
it's not expensive to maintain an ice surface to play hockey on or to
curl on. Also, there is a well organized Canadian junior hockey program
set up so that kids learn to skate and the rules of the game at a young
Canadians consider hockey to be "their" game, and so not winning the
world championship or gold medal is considered a "loss" to another
But, I feel that Canada, the USA and Russia fielding professional hockey
players from the NHL to play at the Olympics does the sport more harm
than good. Countries which don't have professional leagues from which
to select an all start team just don't bother competing in hockey, so
every 4 years it's the same 7 or 8 countries that compete for the
If it were a truly amateur venue, then it would still be the countries
where hockey is popular that would end up on the podium, but other
countries, like Spain, Italy and Japan would field teams for hockey as
I guess I feel the same way about Canada and the USA sending
professional hockey players to compete with amateur hockey players from
Slovenia, Belarus and Poland as I would about England, Italy and Brazil
sending professional soccer players to compete with us. What's the
point in holding such a competition? To show how unevenly matched a
soccer game can be?
I think the Olympic spirit would thrive if money, endorsements and
professionals got out of the Olympics. That's because some Olympic
events truly are amateur (like the two man bob sled race) whereas others
are not, like hockey, figure skating and downhill skiing. Who is going
to watch bob sled racing, and therefore how much money are professional
bob sled racers going to make, even on endorsements? Zilch. I bet no
one in here can tell me the name of the gold medalists in the two man
bobsled at the last winter games in Vancouver, Canada. So, some Olympic
competitors make millions per year in salary and endorsements, and other
Olympic hopefuls have to borrow money from their parents for air fare to
go to the Olympic games.
It's a sporting tradition that's become the wh0re of global politics.
We need equality at the Olympics, not professionals.
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