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    U.S. Women Take a Stand

    U.S. women's hockey team will not play in world championships.

    The U.S. [women] has won gold in six of the past eight world championships and has medaled in every Olympics, including winning gold in 1998.

    In the past, USA Hockey has provided the players with $1,000 per month during the six-month Olympic residency period. According to the players, USA Hockey pays virtually nothing during the remainder of the four-year period, despite its expectation that in each of the non-Olympic years, the players train full-time and compete throughout the year.

    "It is a full-time job and to not get paid is a financial burden and stress on players obviously. That is the conversation my husband and I are having right now," said player Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson. "Is playing going to be more stress than we can handle? Sadly it becomes a decision between chasing your dream or giving in to the reality of the financial burden."
    When you consider the mega money the Olympics rakes in, and when you consider that the women's hockey team is a standard bearer for excellence in American athletics, this is truly appalling. They are paid $6,000 a year for a job that requires 12 months of training and practice. It's appalling and I, for one, applaud their stand on this issue.
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    Isn't this the case for any Olympic athlete? They decide to compete; some higher profile sports/athletes can get sponsors. The Olympics may bring in a lot of money, but, it is not an employer of teams and athletes. It's not even a league.

    Sadly it becomes a decision between chasing your dream or giving in to the reality of the financial burden.
    Isn't this a trade-off most people make when they grow-up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TapToTalk View Post


    Isn't this a trade-off most people make when they grow-up?
    Exactly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TapToTalk View Post
    Isn't this the case for any Olympic athlete? They decide to compete; some higher profile sports/athletes can get sponsors. The Olympics may bring in a lot of money, but, it is not an employer of teams and athletes. It's not even a league.



    Isn't this a trade-off most people make when they grow-up?
    Sure, but that doesn't mean it sucks any less.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maurinsky View Post
    Sure, but that doesn't mean it sucks any less.
    Yes, adulting sucks some times.

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    What sucks is a billion dollar industry that does virtually nothing to aid the athletes who make them those billions of dollars. It's fine for the elite to rake it huge amounts of money while doing none of the work that makes that money, but the athletes are supposed to "sacrifice for their dreams". I get it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jasmine View Post
    What sucks is a billion dollar industry that does virtually nothing to aid the athletes who make them those billions of dollars.
    https://www.olympic.org/about-ioc-institution

    The goal of the Olympic Movement is to contribute to building a peaceful and better world by educating youth through sport practised without discrimination of any kind, in a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play.
    Olympism is a philosophy of life, exalting and combining in a balanced whole the qualities of body, will and mind. Blending sport with culture and education, Olympism seeks to create a way of life based on the joy found in effort, the educational value of good example and respect for universal fundamental ethical principles.
    The "elites' in this case is an international not-for-profit organization promoting all those wonderful values that makes everyone feel good. At the national level are national not-for-profits that coordinate all the athletes under the same wonderful goals.

    As usual with these "noble" international organizations, there is no one really to complain to about all this. As we saw over the last decade, the IOC was a corrupt organization full of people who personally benefited from their ability to pick host countries. There was no accountability at all. So, there is no transparency as to who is making these billions and how it should flow back to the athletes. And the "rules" basically forbid them being on the payroll of a single sponsor.

    The hockey team may be taking a stand; but, it isn't changing anything and there is no one listening.

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