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