US Olympians Born in Other Countries - Should They Represent the US?

Chris D 2012/07/25 00:00:00
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If you are born in another country, you wouldn't be able to become President of the United States. But should you be able to represent the US in the Olympics?

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  • Daryl 2012/07/24 20:53:26

    If you are a U.S. citizen who emigrated legally then you are a legitimate American.

    Ignoring the fact that millions don't bother to follow the rules any more is un-American but sadly it's a bad habit that is growing.

    Those that came legally, welcome!
    Those that didn't bother to follow the rules, I encourage you to represent your real country in the Olympics.

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  • dr- ret 2012/08/07 09:59:15 (edited)
    dr- ret
    My dad worked and stayed at United States for many years. One day, he came back to my home town and he said, there is a place where your dreams come true regardless of who you were or where you born or the color of your skin. People are going to that place and becoming citizens, chasing their dreams and making something amazing of themselves; I think that is the American dream and you could be someone else there too...
  • akira.wu.37 2012/07/30 00:52:06
    I was born in China and immigrated to Texas when I was only 6 years old. I'm more of an American than Chinese. I know more English than Chinese. When I visit China, I feel out of place and homesick; This, America IS my home. I myself am a competitive swimmer so if I ever had the great chance to compete in the Olympics one day, I would choose to represent the United States.
  • joe.noonan2 2012/07/27 19:33:42
    People born in the US can represent other Countries.....so Yeah. An olympian can represent where ever their loyalties lie.
  • udummoron joe.noo... 2012/12/04 07:53:26
    Can you cite your sources? I really want to read into this. Thanks!
  • ☆WillThompson☆ 2012/07/27 15:34:33
    We allow immigrants to serve in our military while they are seeking naturalization, so why not allow immigrants to serve with our Olympic athletes?
  • keliffa 2012/07/27 13:12:31
    If they are citizens, why not? Just about every country has people not born there playing for them
  • Gary Devon Linger 2012/07/27 00:40:17 (edited)
    Gary Devon Linger
    It would depend on whether they have citizenship or at least dual citizenship. If not then I find it totally inappropriate for a foreign athlete to compete outside his nation.
  • stevegtexas@aol.com 2012/07/26 15:35:04
  • Rock 2012/07/26 07:10:17
    Yes, as long as you have become a citizen and there should be some minimum time period.
  • Raphy 2012/07/26 03:49:40
    Let them compete. Hell.......let Arnold Schwarzenegger run for President. He can't do no worse........
  • NPC 2012/07/26 03:12:18
  • Hebsi 2012/07/25 22:42:48
    Why not? They have in Canada.

    Donovan Bailey
  • Brother Bo 2012/07/25 22:10:16
    Brother Bo
    If they have become American citizens, I see no problem with it.
  • Tigerlilycoconut 2012/07/25 21:17:06
    Well, here I raise another side, please consider this....

    My son was born in Japan, but because my husband and i are American, he was given dual citizenship...

    Now, which country, if given an opportunity to one day compete in the Olympics, should he be "allowed" to represent?? Should be his choice.
  • Jack 2012/07/25 20:40:55
    It's a grey area, in Britain, anyway. For example, John McEnroe is, to me clearly an American, even though he was born in West Germany.
    Then, in Britain, we have a 5,000m runner called Mo Farah. However, he was born in Somalia, lived there until he was 8, and now lives in America. How the hell is he British? Yet he runs for Britain.
    If someone is clearly of British stock, but just happens to have been born abroad, then to me, they're British. But someone like Farah is not.
  • angel face 2012/07/25 19:54:33
    angel face
    Everyone deserves a chance, no matter where you are from
  • SJG 2012/07/25 18:59:46
    If they are U.S. citizens, absolutely yes! This isn't another birther issues, is it??
  • Maura :) 2012/07/25 18:43:04
    Maura :)
    I think if you were born in another country, you should have been a us citizen for a certain amount of years in order to be on our team
  • Feria~Badass of PHAET~ 2012/07/25 18:11:56 (edited)
    Feria~Badass of PHAET~
    Some people come here at a young age and truly know the U.S. as their home. Some people come here older and still see it as their home.

    They simply want to play for the place they call home. Is that so bad? If they are a legal citizen, then I say yes.
  • jake 2012/07/25 18:11:55
    I meant to click yes. Isn't that part of what America's about? As long as they are citizens of the U.S. then they should be able to
  • skroehr 2012/07/25 16:56:47
    IF you're a U.S. Citizen, or at least undergoing LEGAL U.S. immigration, and feel American national pride, then yes. Of course.

    (This is not the same thing as being President. Completely different issue).
  • ☠ Live Free Or Die ☠ 2012/07/25 16:54:30
    ☠ Live Free Or Die ☠
    People coming to the US, becoming citizens, chasing their dreams and making something amazing of themselves; I though that that was the American dream. Guess I was wrong.
  • Kigan 2012/07/25 16:52:24
    With a very important condition: You must be a legitimate citizen who entered this country legally.

    Illegals get ignored except when being assisted or rewarded enough already. They have no right competing in the Olympics for ANY country.
  • Loser lollipop 2012/07/25 16:51:32
    Loser lollipop
    Usa is filled with so many diverse cultures, being born somewhere does not make it home or a place that you'll want to represent as an Olympian, so long as the person is of legal US citizenship they should be given the opportunity to compete for USA in the games.
  • wpsark 2012/07/25 16:03:52
    if they are legal citizens, not just here on a visa.
  • OhSoNiceMe 2012/07/25 15:36:15
    if you're voting , or paying taxes , then you could play.
  • Tom 2012/07/25 15:25:47
    Depends how long they've been here.
    If they grew up here, sure.
    If they came her just a few years ago to train and got their citizenship along the way, then no.
    They should represent the country they came from.
  • Latti Ice Nerd Gangsta of P... 2012/07/25 15:13:27
    Latti Ice Nerd Gangsta of PHAET
    People who voted no are asinine; if you were born in a foreign nation with two foreign parents, but became an American citizen, then you are American.
  • hotpepper00 2012/07/25 15:06:47
    This really isn't comparing Apples to Apples. The requirement to be born in this country to become president, isn't just a rule for rules sake, it is because it defines where your allegiance lies. If you were born in France, for example, and we went to war with France, where would the president's allegiance lie? This rule is very important when being president, not so much for sports.
  • Sodahead Founders are Fascists 2012/07/25 14:42:28 (edited)
    Sodahead Founders are Fascists
    300 million colonials, and still have to send immigrants to the Olympics.
    Might want to lay off the fatty burgers.
    It perfectly represents the inferiority of the colonial populace.
  • ronbo 2012/07/25 14:41:27
    As long as they,re naturalized citizens I have no problem with it plus I,m sure the US Olympic Committee can make exemptions.
  • jackolantyrn356 2012/07/25 14:28:34
    If they are citizens of US or serious wanna bes and are Olympic winners................
  • Akki 2012/07/25 14:21:05
    they should be allowed, as long as they are proud americans
  • srini 2012/07/25 14:20:55
    Why should naturalised citizens not represent the country to which they've naturalised?

    (caution that they should avoid actions such as "doping" -- which two naturalised Canuck Olympians were known for doing...)
  • george 2012/07/25 13:07:07
    If they are U.S. citizens they should represent the U.S.
  • DavidK 2012/07/25 13:05:05
    As long as they are LEGAL US citizens.
  • Sk8er-girl 2012/07/25 13:04:56 (edited)
    It depends
    If they are legal citizens then sure go ahead if not I don't want them representing my country. I don't believe you need to be a born citizen to represent the USA just be a legal citizen please
  • chamchamgal 2012/07/25 13:01:01
    Hey, they are not bumming off the government so I'm ok with it.
  • God bless American freedom 2012/07/25 12:50:44 (edited)
    God bless American freedom
    Specifically , my opinion is that a good rule would be that only legal citizens , non felons , of the United States of America , should be encouraged and or allowed to represent the USA in the world Olympics. Dual citizens? No. Only legal American citizens, non felons, should be encouraged or allowed to represent the USA in the Olympics.

    Otherwise, I agree with TPEM, Olympians should only represent their own nations to which they are legal citizens.
  • MandaLynne 2012/07/25 12:31:02
    If they are US citizens, yes. The Olympics are supposed to be apolitical.

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