If, as seems likely, Russian athletes are banned from the Olympic games, will the games lose their meaning? Will any winner be able to call themselves "the best" if untested against the Russians?


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Rooster Cogburn Profile
Rooster Cogburn , Rooster Cogburn, answered

I don't think so. Other countries have been banned from the Olympics over the years also. The Russians will always claim to be the "best" any way. Win or lose. Actually? I don't think they really care. Whoever the winners are from whatever country they come from are the best of the best. I don't think they will be missed nor do I think the athletes themselves care.

Ancient Hippy Profile
Ancient Hippy answered

My faith in and my interest in the Olympics waned many years ago. It used to be something that I eagerly looked forward to when I was younger but with all of the scandals coming to light over the years, it's just another waste of time and money.

Tom  Jackson Profile
Tom Jackson answered

The USA boycotted the 1980 Olympics. 

Personally, although the medal winners are supposed to be the best of the best, it's still a question of "on any given Sunday" (sphere or oblate spheroid).

Of course, when I was in phys ed, you got credit for showing up to class, not performance----fortunately; so I can't pretend to know how it affects the atheletes themselves.

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Ray Dart
Ray Dart commented
I remember in 1980 that medals were considered less valued. Hey, we even won a sprint gold, when everyone knew that there were half-a-dozen faster 100 metre runners in the US.
Tom  Jackson
Tom Jackson commented
Now that you mention it, I do remember that sort of thing.

But since I was on an extended vacation when athletic ability was being distributed, anyone who can qualify for the Olympics already has my complete admiration.
Didge Doo
Didge Doo commented
Oz won a weight lifting gold at LA. Impossible if the USSR had attended.
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Didge Doo answered

The US boycotted Moscow in 1980. The USSR retaliated at L.A. In 1984. Yes, both actions robbed the Games of value.

I'm with Hippy. The magic has gone a bit stale.

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