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|Author: ||Baltic Babe|
|Subject: ||RE: If you couldn't make the olympic team in the U.S. but you could in another country, would you switch citizenship?|
Sailor Bob wrote:
Old Ultra Guy wrote:
In late 1979, I had been in a Caribbean country for two years. I had won their marathon twice in a row. They asked if I would represent them in Moscow 1980. I contact the State Department and told them the situation. I got a letter that in essence said, "if you get a passport from that country, don't try returning to the US." I did not do it.
I call BS on this. Or you should have found lawyer. Several US citizens competed in Moscow for other countries
As did a few western Europeans caught up in the boycott BS. The US allows multiple citizenships. I might guess you were offered a spot on the Cuban team ;). At the end of the day, all the BS politics that led to the 1980 and 84 boycotts only screwed the athletes in the end. One only has a certain time in one's life to be in his/her prime and ready to compete at that level. Imagine you are all ready to go and for whatever stupida$$ political reason your country pulls out. Yes, many athletes from western countries got robbed of an opportunity in 1980 as did many from the old Soviet Bloc countries in 1984 and that's just a shame. Any chance you could have competed and just not told Uncle Sam? Politics sucks as do politicians and I can't stand either.
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