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  • The King
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    Re: More inportant? Money or Medal

    Sorry .

    In today's world, I would say Gold medal.
    You can spend the money, but you can't lose a Gold medal.

    Unless you're either Ben Johnson or Jim Thorpe (who actually had his medals returned after his death)

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  • Guest's Avatar
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    Re: More inportant? Money or Medal

    Only if you're still living in the sixties. Different world today, baby. Carl Lewis and MJ had no need for the NFL, neither does Mo Greene.

    >>What do yo all think is more important in
    >an
    >athletes career. Winning a lot of money
    >(grand
    >Prix jackpot) or winning a Olympic or
    >World champ
    >medal.

    Money.

    Bob Hayes and
    >Jim Hines both won gold medals in successive OG
    >(Bob in '64 & Jim in '68), both in WR's, both
    >'killing' the comp.

    They could of stayed in
    >track and revelaed their true talents.

    But
    >they went to NFL.
    Why???
    Because it pays the
    >bills.

    Gold medals are nice, but they don't
    >pay the rent.

    For the sake of Bob Hayes and
    >'ol Jimmy Hines,
    I'd say MONEY...

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  • dunes runner
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    Aiming for a medal while eschewing the money could be a course to having neither of them.

    Not that many runners get medals.

    And I notice those of you picking medals justify this as a course to having money, i.e. the money being the end result, the medal only being a way to (hopefully) obtain it.

    What if it was a choice between one OR the other.

    Would you take a medal or the money?

    I'd take the money, and keep running.

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  • michael lewis
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    "What do yo all think is more important in an athletes career. Winning a lot of money (grand Prix jackpot) or winning a Olympic or World champ medal."

    More important in what sense? As an end in itself or as a means to some other end? These days no Olympic gold medallist is going to be poor. Not even close. What is the point in starting a debate over whether career earnings of 2.8 million $ is more desirable than career earnings of 2.3 million plus a gold medal? I agree with whoever said it is a STUPID question.

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  • tafnut
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    I am not trying to be obtuse here, but why can't you have your cake and eat it too? In this 2003 campaign, the serious medal contenders were plying their trade on the Euro circuit, making whatever money was available. Plus your medal makes you marketable in the next indoor and outdoor season. Merchandise contracts go to medal winners.

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  • Guest's Avatar
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    "For the sake of Bob Hayes and 'ol Jimmy Hines,
    I'd say MONEY... "


    I understand your point, but the Hayes/Hines example doesn't fit with today's environment.

    Today you can make a very comfortable living as a top runner (with top being the operative word; the 20th ranked American miler makes basically nothing).

    In the 60s you really couldn't. Hayes and HInes, despite being the best, didn't really face the choice that the originator of the thread posed.

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  • The King
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    >What do yo all think is more important in an
    >athletes career. Winning a lot of money (grand
    >Prix jackpot) or winning a Olympic or World champ
    >medal.

    Money.

    Bob Hayes and Jim Hines both won gold medals in successive OG (Bob in '64 & Jim in '68), both in WR's, both 'killing' the comp.

    They could of stayed in track and revelaed their true talents.

    But they went to NFL.
    Why???
    Because it pays the bills.

    Gold medals are nice, but they don't pay the rent.

    For the sake of Bob Hayes and 'ol Jimmy Hines,
    I'd say MONEY...

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  • Guest's Avatar
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    Re: More inportant? Money or Medal

    ...in other words, how many students can afford to buy an MG and a house?

    BTW, anybody out there wonder how important finishing 4th in the Olympics is...? Or being known as a frontrunner willing to push the pace?

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  • gh
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    >i think pre set the example every athlete should
    >follow, medal over money anyday. simple as that>>

    Don't quite follow the Pre reference. What money did he not take? Don't say the ITA, becuase he would have taken a cut in pay over what he was making as an "amateur" had he joined that circuit.

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  • Guest's Avatar
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    Chase the money, perhaps miss the medal. Chase the medal, developing the complete athlete needed to achieve it, and the money will come.

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  • Natasha
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    If I had a choice I'd like to win the medal.

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  • Guest's Avatar
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    Actually, you said "more" not "most."
    Either way, duh, a medal.
    Who is more highly regarded, a successful road whore or an Olympic gold medalist? Why do all the great athletes who have never won gold have that rap against them? "Yes, he won a lot, but he never got a gold medal." Why did it trouble Clarke? Why did it trouble Morceli from '92 until '96? Why was has it been such a monkey on El G's back? Get Olympic gold and so much endorsement money will follow that buying a house or anything else wouldn't be a worry. Pre is not as good of an example of knowing which is the greatest prize as Viren was.

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  • dunes runner
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    Money is the most important.

    You can't buy a house with a medal.

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  • athlete72125
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    i think pre set the example every athlete should follow, medal over money anyday. simple as that

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  • Guest's Avatar
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    but i said the MOST IMPORTANT. PLUS R U AN ATHLETE MR STUPID QUESTION

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