hulksmash wrote:People need to tone it down about with the nationalistic stuff.
Maybe you missed the part about the athletes at the Olympics representing their NATIONS?
Yes, a competition among nations but Torrence isn't going to be challenging Rupp, Hill, Lagat, True, etc. Pappas isn't going to be running down Huddle or any of the other top Americans. This isn't Johnny Damon signing with the Yankees, nobody is betraying anything or any one in this exchange of athletes other than filling out additional qualifying spots on the starting lists. At the end of the day these races will be more interesting to watch due to the familiarity of the American additions.
You're right this isn't at all similiar to Damon signing with the Yankees. Damon was not born a Red Sox, or even drafted by them. Being a professional player on a team is the equivalent of you and the company you work for. If you can get a better salary somewhere else you go for it. This runners switching nationalities is not comparable.
This needs to stop and I would like to see a requirement that you have to make residence in the country you represent if you switch nationalities.