Ice skating a big deal in other countries?

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    Ian
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    Why do other countries take the Olympics so seriously? For example: The female of China’s Doubles Figure Skating competition took a major fall. She cried, He cried, the coach cried. She got back up, finished her run, and got second place. Is it really that big of a deal?

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    Ann L. Lowenstein
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    Ummm… Hate to be the one to break this to ya, Chief, but people in this country take the Olympics seriously too. Ridiculously so, along with all other sports. Your personal lack of concern does not equate to a national lack of concern regarding the subject, I assure you.

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    Katrine H.
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    I’m not sure whether this has something to do with geography or not. I mean, if you are an athlete, and you spend all your time improving your skills and training, you would be sad to fail. The Olympic Games is an event where you find the best athletes, and so to them it is a big deal. Just like the teams competing in the Super Bowl. These football players work hard, so of course they want to win.

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    Anne19652
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    I think it’s more dependent on how seriously the athletes and coaches take it rather than which countries they are from. With four years of preparation and anticipation- and then to have hopes dashed in an instant because of one mistake, and to know they may never get another chance… I might cry a bit too. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

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    Chibi20816
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    Have you never seen American Olympians cry? It’s not just ‘other countries’ that take it seriously. Olympians take the Olympics seriously because they spend their lives preparing for it. They are professional athletes who only get to compete at that level once every four years, so yeah, it’s a big deal. Imagine you were in the NBA and didn’t play several times a week…instead all you trained for was the national championship, and your team only made it once every few years. If that was the focal point of your career, and it didn’t go according to plan, would you be upset?

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