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ACRO E-mail Archive Thread: Finacial backing for Intl Comp.



                


Thread: Finacial backing for Intl Comp.

Message: Finacial backing for Intl Comp.

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From: "Damon & Patty Wack" <lomcevak at win.bright.net>

Date: Sat, 11 Jan 1997 16:17:18 UTC


Message:

  Bill Marcellus wrote:

>>It seems obvious that the Europeans are not inherently superior pilots,
and I
don't buy the argument that they are better because they are
state-subsidized
and get to practice as a full-time job. Olympic athletes from other
countries
have been state-supported for years and the U.S.A. has still managed to
rack
up an impressive number of gold medals in any number of other sports. Acro
shouldn't be any different.<<

There is a very obvious difference.  While the USA does just fine in the
Olympics without state supported teams, they have HUGE amounts of
sponsorship money.  Major corporations funnel money into everything from
track to skiing, gymnastics, swimming, etc.  Acro doesn't come anywhere
close to the amount of funding there is for our Olympic teams.  Skill
levels are the same on both sides of the Atlantic, I believe, so the key is
training and coaching, and the amount the Russians and French receive is
much greater than ours.  As Dan Rihn pointed out, our team members already
spend a huge amount of their own money on training and keeping up their
skills, and to bring it up to the level of the Europeans will simply
require funding from sponsors, IMHO.

Best,

Damon


                


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