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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
    No
    Daryl
    +15
    Depends.

    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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  • YFN 2012/07/25 02:44:57
    Other
    YFN
    Yes and no. More to which country they want to represent.
  • Sterling 2012/07/25 02:38:29
    Other
    Sterling
    +1
    Depends on the situation, if you are an american citizen, qualified, and want to compete for America, then you should be able to.
  • M A 2012/07/25 02:05:14
    No
    M A
    +1
    Citizen yes, otherwise no
  • Matt M 2012/07/25 02:02:32
    Yes
    Matt  M
    Absolutely! How American can you get, obtaining the best talent in the world, just cause we're so cool! Now that's American
  • Joey 2012/07/25 01:55:31
    Yes
    Joey
    I know this another country , however I follow Basketball sport more than the others. Luol Deng escaped a war , and made it to England. He is now a citizen of England. While his coaches on the Bulls did not want him to play at first he wanted to play to show how much he loved England for taken his family in.

    Lopez Lomong escaped being a child solider, to come to America.

    These and many more love their nations .

    It is funny people always say immigrants need to learn how to be American , and do American things . Yet when people are doing that some people wish to shut them down.
  • Eric 2012/07/25 01:47:34
    Yes
    Eric
    I would rather have immigrants who came here by free choice because they wanted to become US citizens represent the US than American born athletes who have no appreciation for their country of birth.
  • Rebel 2012/07/25 01:42:03
    No
    Rebel
    Let them represent their nations.....
  • Ozymandias 2012/07/25 01:37:11
    Yes
    Ozymandias
    +1
    As long as they're American citizens, I don't see the problem.
  • Justin Teufel Hunden 2012/07/25 01:32:16
    No
    Justin Teufel Hunden
    +1
    Should a Legal immigrant be allowed? Yes.
  • Of Thee I Sing... 2012/07/25 01:22:43
    Yes
    Of Thee I Sing...
    +1
    If your going to be an American....it should be all the way.....or stay where your unappreciative ass came from.
  • WhereIsAmerica? ~PWCM~JLA 2012/07/25 00:29:02
    Yes
    WhereIsAmerica? ~PWCM~JLA
    +2
    If they are a legal U.S. Citizen, yes.
  • mikeeonly 2012/07/25 00:16:08
    Other
    mikeeonly
    +2
    yes, if they are citizens
  • lady_c5_loadmaster 2012/07/25 00:13:19 (edited)
    Other
    lady_c5_loadmaster
    +2
    Where their parents US citizens stationed overseas? Did the athlete move here and become a naturilized citizen? If so then there is no reason they can not represent the U.S.
  • Cat 2012/07/24 22:50:54
    Other
    Cat
    If they have a permanent home in the U.S. then they should be able to.
  • Debowman 2012/07/24 22:46:28
    Yes
    Debowman
    +2
    why not Obama is President, it didn't stop him.
  • Freeranger 2012/07/24 22:38:23
    Other
    Freeranger
    This really is a tough question and one of the better ones I've seen in a while. Off the top of my head, and upon contemplation, I think an athlete migrating to the U.S. needs to complete a waiting period, because without that, the implications and deck stacking is obvious. Our Olympics are supposed to be about pure competition and it's athletes competing on a world stage for that laurel and a medal. I think each nation needs to police itself and make sure an athlete is not allowed to jump from one nation to another like pieces on a checker board, in order to give themselves a better opportunity to grab a medal or enhance a country who needed an athlete with a particular skill set.
  • ★~DoctorWhoGuru~★ 2012/07/24 21:51:13
    Yes
    ★~DoctorWhoGuru~★
    Yes
  • Lanikai 2012/07/24 21:49:44
    No
    Lanikai
    Not unless they are naturalized US CITIZENS.
  • Ken 2012/07/24 21:40:31
    Yes
    Ken
    If they meet the Olympic requirements.
  • Unintended 2012/07/24 21:35:26
    Yes
    Unintended
    Your Olympic uniforms are made in another country, why not your athletes as well?
  • fuzzy Ken "In G*d We Trust" 2012/07/24 21:34:35
    Yes
    fuzzy Ken "In G*d We Trust"
    You bet!
    They represent what America is all about. we are a country of immigrants (Yes, even the Native Americans at one time were immigrants)
    I am proud to be a descendant of immigrants who came here LEGALLY over 100 years ago and became successful by the sweat of their brow.
  • merlinskiss 2012/07/24 21:18:51
    Other
    merlinskiss
    +3
    Not that I care about the olympics one way or the other but if they are legit US citizens, then they represent their country.
  • Chris D 2012/07/24 21:13:02
    Yes
    Chris D
    +3
    As long as you are a citizen....
  • Gordon 2012/07/24 21:05:54
    Other
    Gordon
    +3
    Only if they have become American citizens through proper channels.
  • Squatch 2012/07/24 21:00:46
    Yes
    Squatch
    Should be similar to other athletic rules like the NCAA. You should have to be here for a period of time before participating. But that is what makes America great, we are a melting pot of cultures and people.
  • Yosyp 2012/07/24 20:58:29 (edited)
    Other
    Yosyp
    It happens , sometimes a nation is so poor they don't have an Olympic team or in times of war too a nice host country will allow them to play on their team. I wouldn't care if it happened here, I can't speak for Americans though.
  • Daryl 2012/07/24 20:53:26
    No
    Daryl
    +15
    Depends.

    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.
  • Lanikai Daryl 2012/07/24 21:51:16
    Lanikai
    +4
    I resent the large number of them that live here, use our facilities, and OUR US olympics training cash, THEN go represent their home country.

    EFF THEM, get out now.
  • Hirnung... Daryl 2012/07/25 03:12:59
    Hirnungah Mancandy
    +3
    and stay there .

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