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first_imgDo you remember when the Olympics were for the young amateur athletes?  This, obviously, is not the case today.  Most of the people who will compete this summer are being paid (some very handily) in their sport making them professionals.  The basketball team will likely be all professional players who make millions.  Only high school age or younger are truly amateurs in the Olympics today.Recently, Sugar Ray Leonard voiced his opposition to this practice in an article of Sports Illustrated.  I am with him.  I liked it a lot better when the athletes were truly amateurs.  Today in order to compete you must use the professionals.This will not keep me, however, from watching and enjoying the competition.  We are all rooting for Chris Giesting and Bryce Timonera to be a couple of those athletes.last_img

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