Here is a online poll in a Milwaukee newspaper on whether professional athletes should be in the Olympic Games and I urge my readers who agree with me that it is sports imperialism to vote NO!
To show the sporting and balance in a more amateur event – the Junior ice hockey world championships were held in Russia and guess who won? The USA did! Won gold – beat Canada and Sweden to win first place. Here’s a short article.
UFA, Russia — The United States won the junior ice hockey championships Saturday after Rocco Grimaldi scored twice and Vince Trocheck added an empty-net goal for a 3-1 victory over Sweden in the final.
Filip Sandberg put defending champion Sweden ahead on the power play early in the second period, but Grimaldi then scored twice in a 3-minute span to swing the game in the Americans’ favor.
Junior ice hockey is not entirely amateur but more so than professional. Here’s Wikipedia’s account of it. No word on whether Bob Costas covered it with music from Yanni!