QUOTE (Cshel86 @ Aug 8 2012, 08:52 AM)
The whole "olympic pride" just isn't there anymore, hands down. It's sad, and the fighters seem to just be happy to be there. as evidenced by the way some of them fought. Some kept the pressure early on and brought the fight to their opponent, then they suddenly got comfortable and let the fight drift away...knowing how fickle the scoring system is.
Anyhow, the whole "olympic pride" just sticks with me for some reason....it's just that missing element.
I think it has a lot to do with the coaches and trainers. I mean look at the US basketball program, they don't run no mess. They want the absolute best with the right attitudes too. People say the US didn't have any centers because of injury, that's BS. Bynum didn't get invited because of his attitude and cousins got invited but got sent home for his antics.
If they surrounded the athletes with the right staff that would hold them accountable and send their asses packing if the pulled some shit instead of putting together a rinky dink one weeks before competition I think the program and the athletes would be faring much better.
And thought the scoring system is a problem its also the fighters faults, just like with basketball the international game is different then the pros and you have to adjust. The same thing applies to Olympic boxing amateur and pros, you would think that these boxers who train for years trying to make the Olympics would adjust their game as well so that they can get used to Olympic style boxing.
But chels I agree with the whole pride thing. It seems like its a lost value, I mean did you hear about those athletes that defected from Cameroon while in London? You go representing you country on the biggest stage of all and you take advantage and defect? Lol that had me going