1980 Usa Hockey

691 Words Apr 6th, 2013 3 Pages
In 1980 the United States defeated the Soviet Union in a game of hockey that came to be known as the greatest moment in sports history. The team was compromised of all amateur players. Since then rules have changed and now the use of professional athletes is allowed in Olympic competition. It is my belief that the use of professional athletes in Olympic competition ruins the pride and glory of the games.
Prior to 1952 only amateur athletes were allowed in the Olympic Games, both winter and summer. Then the Soviet Union and its 14 Communist allies entered the games. They trained 8 hours a day, 365 days a year. They won most of the gold, silver and bronze during the 1970s and 1980s. None of these athletes were amateur, and yet they were
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In 1998 in Nagano an unknown number of players on the U.S. men's hockey team caused about $1,000 worth of damage to their rooms at the Olympic athlete's village about 10 hours after they were eliminated from the Olympic tournament. Chairs were broken, and two apartments were damaged by activated fire extinguishers. (Washingtonpost.com). This just showed a poor display of sportsmanship and was a disgrace to the United States at the Olympics.
Not that many teams dominate like the mens basketball team and not all other teams destroy hotel rooms after losing, but there are other reasons professional athletes should not be used, such as what it is they are playing for. They don’t really care if they win or not, because they play for money, not pride. Amatuers aren’t worried about money, they play for their pride of the sport and for the chance to play for their country.
Professional athletes who make millions of dollars a year tend not to get as much out of the Olympic experience. They fly in just before their event, stay in the most expensive hotel, and fly back home after their event is over. They miss the Olympic village, the interaction with other athletes, and sometimes even the ceremonies.
This can be the opportunity of a lifetime for a lot of amatuer athletes, where as profressionals are allready on big time teams and don’t care about playing in the olympics
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