Olympics has kids dreaming big | The Columbus Dispatch
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#1 Feb 19, 2010
The thing about these sports is that none of them are cheap. Getting the snowboard is the easy part. Kids boards are easy to find, but kids grow out of them so fast and if they get serious, you can't outfit them on craigslist.
Even if you can stay stocked for a bargain, lift tickets and travel will kill you. And don't even get started on the other sports. Speed skates are pricey and so are the clubs that train young athletes.
That's why guys like Shaun White (who has his own personal halfpipe provided by Red Bull) and Apolo Ohno should work with their sponsors to help connect these kids to the sport.
I'm happy their successful and they don't need to subsidize aspiring stars but it sure would be nice if they did. I'm sure they probably do to an extent but if they could get the sponsors to do more it would be sweet.
#3 Feb 19, 2010
Not all kids get to dream about one day being in the Olympics.
Any child who plays baseball or softball has had those dreams smashed by the IOC, because they have removed baseball and softball from the Olympics. Because of the IOC's action I have refused to watch any Olympic coverage and do not plan on watching the Olympics ever again.
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