Give it a rest, Michelle.
“In the end, Jones claims that she doesn’t regret sharing her personal stories with the world. She cited her ability, considering exposure and attention, to impact others in a positive light.
“Maybe there’s a little girl who thinks she can be an Olympic athlete and she sees all the things I struggled through to get here. Yeah, I didn’t walk away with a medal or run away with a medal, but I think there’s lessons to be learned when you win and lessons to be learned when you lose,” she said.”
Meet Becky Hammon, born and raised in my hometown, Rapid City, SD. She graduated from Stevens High School in 1995. She is on an Olympic Women’s Basketball Team.
Great story, right?
Nope. Despite being born American, Becky decided that because she didn’t make Team USA, in 2007 she joined Team Russia. In order to play for Russia, you have to become a Russian citizen.
And she’s doing it for money.
“In addition to winning some hardware, she also made bank with a Russian salary of $2million and a six-figure bonus if Russia earned a medal in the Games- as compared to her full-time salary of $95,000 from the WNBA.”
Many athletes play for teams outside the USA. But this is the Olympics. In my view, while she should be free to denounce her US citizenship anytime, she shouldn’t be allowed to retain it at any level henceforth.
“And in a sign of Gabby’s resentment towards her father, Mr Douglas is in London for the Olympics but has not watched his daughter compete as she did not get him – or her grandparents – tickets, a source told MailOnline.
‘It was really hard for us growing up – my dad had left us, so he wasn’t really in the picture anymore,’ she told the New York Post.
Even after winning two gold medals – the individual and team titles – she revealed she had not been in touch with him, though he resided in a home just 10 miles away from her mother’s Virginia Beach property.
And when he appeared at the U.S. Olympic trials in June, brandishing an American flag with words of support, she had not seen him for two years.”
These are the people we want immigrating to the US. Naturally, they don’t need to be Olympians but they should have as much respect for this country as Bolt does.
“Instead of continuing along and talking about, well, whatever he was talking about, Bolt halts the interview, asks the reporter to be respectful of the moment, and stands in silence to honor the U.S. national anthem and Richards-Ross’ victory.”
“Nothing is going to change,” she said. “I’m going to wear my hair like this during beam and bar finals. You might as well just stop talking about it.”