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    A friend of the family tells us she has been training back at home on her HS track and is scheduled to run the 400s at London, Berlin and Z├╝rich.

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    True dat!

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    • #3
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      She really need to switch back allegiance to her native Island where she can make her tiny Island, JAmaica, proud. It must have been embarrasing for her, switching at the last minute to compete for USA in her native Island at WJr's, against her fellow countrywomen for (included but not limited to) the spoils promised to her by greedy Uncle Sam.

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      • #4
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        Please spare us that crap. She wanted to run for the USA or she woudn't have done it. She recieves the best coaching here and has the most competition to compete against here. She did what she wanted to do. Don't worry about her, go find a young Jamaican to bring along to rival her. Jamaica is a heck of a sprint factory for such a small island, but don't come here telling us she embarrased herself by switching allegiances to the USA.The truth is if USA colleges didn't recruit Jamaicans to run for them and stuck with American sprinters you wouldn't be nearly as strong.

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          Since USA have such a wealth of talents and competitions, why did the hirachy of USATF make a valiant attempt to woo her over. She got her citizenship in recordbreaking time as the WJr's was agonizingly few days away. Let me advise you that leading up to the Championships she was largely undecided. I'am sure USATF helped in the decision-making process. Any athlete from such a tiny Island would have been tempted beyond measures at the expressed interest of Uncle Sam.

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            It was her decision, the USATF can't force her to run for the US. This is crazy. It sounds like you have some sour grapes about her running for the USA and not Jamaica. She had been in the US awhile. Don't compare the US to other countries who just let anyone in their old commonwealth come in and represent them. The oppurtunities are here, but you have to think we have more sports to compete with track as well. So it wasn't like she did it to compete in the countries number 1 viewed sport. She knew she could get a quality education,the best training, and she obviously wanted to run for the US.Why would she be tempted by Uncle Sam, when she could have made more money by turning pro in Jamaica? HINT-HINT she's a college student(not suppose to accept money)

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            • #7
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              >It was her decision, the USATF can't force her to
              >run for the US. This is crazy. It sounds like you
              >have some sour grapes about her running for the
              >USA and not Jamaica. She had been in the US
              >awhile. Don't compare the US to other countries
              >who just let anyone in their old commonwealth
              >come in and represent them. The oppurtunities are
              >here, but you have to think we have more sports
              >to compete with track as well. So it wasn't like
              >she did it to compete in the countries number 1
              >viewed sport. She knew she could get a quality
              >education,the best training, and she obviously
              >wanted to run for the US.Why would she be tempted
              >by Uncle Sam, when she could have made more money
              >by turning pro in Jamaica? HINT-HINT she's a
              >college student(not suppose to accept money)


              What about the recordbreaking citizenship?

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              • #8
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                Are'nt there other regular Jamaicans waiting in line much longer for thier citizenships? How did she get it so quickly? Did she demand it or was it pure luck?

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                • #9
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                  >Are'nt there other regular Jamaicans waiting in
                  >line much longer for thier citizenships? How did
                  >she get it so quickly? Did she demand it or was
                  >it pure luck?

                  It sound to me like the USATF grabbed at the opprtunity to get her elegible to compete for USA. Let's face it, USA benefit from Jamaican talents like they benefit from any other nations, in giving a lifeline to Track & Field . The Penn Relays is a case in point. Plenty "bucks" are made from promoting USA Vs Jamaica. It's symbiotic.

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                  • #10
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                    >She really need to switch back allegiance to her
                    >native Island where she can make her tiny Island,
                    >JAmaica, proud. It must have been embarrasing for
                    >her, switching at the last minute to compete for
                    >USA in her native Island at WJr's, against her
                    >fellow countrywomen for (included but not limited
                    >to) the spoils promised to her by greedy Uncle
                    >Sam.

                    A 400m silver & 200m bronze at World Juniors. Yeah, I'm sure she's embarrassed! Facts please: her parents CHOSE to flee Jamaica for the U.S., six years ago. She CHOSE to compete for the United States, no one held a gun to her head. Apparently she & her family think Jamaica didn't do jack squat for her on the opportunity front, on or off the track.

                    The paperwork was speedy (surely helped by college coach Bev Kearney's ties to President Bush, & the fact that his brother is the governor of the state where Richards' family lives), yet she lived in America for the requisite years. Oh yeah, another FACT: she officially became a U.S. citizen in mid-May, 2002. She was a citizen when she ran at the 2002 Prefontaine Classic a week & a half later. Her citizenships came one month before USA Juniors & two months before World Juniors. So your claim that her citizenship came with "World Juniors agonizingly few days away" is false.

                    Instead of whining out of jealousy over her choice, your focus should be on why so many folks fan out of Jamaica like a Chinese fire drill for a better life elsewhere.

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                    • #11
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                      Thank you blacklilly! Those folks need to leave her alone and let her run. She chose to run for the USA, now shut up and quit whining over something you can't control. Maybe the US collegiate coaches should stop recruiting foreign athletes and then we'll see how good your sprint team becomes. I guarantee you will not be as competitve as you are now. Our college coaches are coaching the world's track teams. That's another subject. Keep on talking about greedy Uncle Sam, because your not making sense. She didn't have to go to college, she could have turned pro in Jamaica and made more money running in Europe. Enough said!

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                      • #12
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                        No one is denying that she made a choice ultimately to compete for the USA. The Question is was she or was she not aided and abetted ?

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                        • #13
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                          >No one is denying that she made a choice
                          >ultimately to compete for the USA. The Question
                          >is was she or was she not aided and abetted?

                          Let's see. Since arriving in America six years ago, Richards & her family (1) now have a middle-class lifestyle, even sending her to a good private high school & she doesn't have to face Kingston's turmoil; (2) she has a full scholarship to University of Texas, where she can get a great education & track training; and (3) Even if she weren't in track, she probably would've gotten scholarship aid due to her high GPA & solid SAT score. Meanwhile, Jamaica has done NOTHING for her or her family.

                          Gee, I wonder which country I would've chosen? I'd have fanned out of Jamaica like a Chinese fire drill too for this setup! No wonder your countrymen have one of the world's highest emigration rates. Your argument would have currency had Richards not met the residency requirement prior to citizenship. She did. If Jamaicans focused as much on why their country is in such crappy shape as they did on whining about folks' immigration choices -- in a hypocritical fashion, as most of the whiners ironically are immigrants themselves -- then the country would be better off.

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                            Why is it that you are speaking so condecending about Jamiaca? Why those disparaghing remarks about the state of that country.Every one knows that its a third world country with limited oputunities. It sound as if you were waiting to exhale, hence spewing the prejudice-Language. The issue is not about Rich or Poor countries, "the haves and the have-nots" nor dienfranchised people. I think the point that is being made is that Sonya should have been allowed to make the decision withuot being prod by a body/ Association. Offers were made to her to allure her in making the decision, whether you beleive it or not. What is frightning is that USA can afford to pick 5 different squads to any World Championships at any level. Let me advise you that there was a tug-a-war between both parents as to which country she should represent. The mother who is in USA, for, and the Father who lives Jamaica, against, . Note I say "in Jamaica". So Please get your fact straight. Furthermore, left up to Sonya alone, she would have competed for her country of birth, based on her comments. People like you will "dangle a carrot" in front of the less fortunate because of thier socio-economic background to satisfy your whims and fancy. Frankly speaking USATF needed that 400M World Junior Indoor Mark . It was that obvious when you listen to the american media. If Jamaican wise-up and honed thier talents within thier shores as is being done by a few, you will see likes of Bridgette Foster (100MH -12.45secs WL), Jermaine Mason (HJ-2.31M), Asafa Powell (100M-10.10secs)excelling without being pre-disposed to the facility abroad. Afterall, 80% of Jamaican high-schoolers waste-away overseas anyway, having lost their focus in a country of abundance of opportunities. I am willing to bet on this, despite the fact that she was eligible for citizenship before, she would not have gotten it so quickly had she chosen to compete for Jamaica. Be honest now!

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                              Every year Jamaicans win 10-15 College Division 1-3/NAIA/Junior College, titles combined and most importantly win multiple medals behind USA at Junior Games. The country by virtue of its size, comparatively speaking, produces far more talents to be able to challenge for medal-topping honours in world athletics, if carefully harnest in Jamaica. Yes, America coaches the world athletes. The world gives the US colleges abundance of talents and an healthy track & Field Season perennially. Let's not be arrogant!

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