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    Putting everything into perspective--who among track athletes were hurt most by the 1980 Carter Oly boycott

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    Skeets!!

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      Bob Coffman

      Most hurt overall of all athletes was the gymnast, Kurt Thomas. 1979 world champion - might have become the 1st American male to win the all-around.

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        Every potential Olympic athlete in non-revenue-producing non-publicity-producing Olympic sports whose career peak coincided with the boycotts and who were never able to before or after reach that level. The ones too immature in 1976 and out in the real world by 1984 (in the case of the 1980 boycott). The Totally Screwed By Olympic Boycotts are legion . . .

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        • #5
          Henry Rono.

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            Don Paige

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            • #7
              Originally posted by dukehjsteve
              Don Paige
              Great choice. I see him 2-3 times/week here in Durham and have never really talked to him much about this. Maybe I should.

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                Ed Moses

                He then would've won 3 400mh OG Gold on the trot. Perhaps then in '88 when he would've gone for a 4th, the outcome might've different

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by bambam
                  Most hurt overall of all athletes was the gymnast, Kurt Thomas. 1979 world champion - might have become the 1st American male to win the all-around.
                  His legacy is more than secure due to his starring role in Gymkata. That movie will outlive any gold medal.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Cooter Brown
                    His legacy is more than secure due to his starring role in Gymkata. That movie will outlive any gold medal.
                    Sarcasm is such an ugly tone! :twisted:

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Cooter Brown
                      Originally posted by bambam
                      Most hurt overall of all athletes was the gymnast, Kurt Thomas. 1979 world champion - might have become the 1st American male to win the all-around.
                      His legacy is more than secure due to his starring role in Gymkata. That movie will outlive any gold medal.
                      That movie kicked so much ass....when i was 8.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by bambam
                        Bob Coffman

                        Most hurt overall of all athletes was the gymnast, Kurt Thomas. 1979 world champion - might have become the 1st American male to win the all-around.
                        In 1980 Bruce Jenner, now a tv star, interviewed Bob Coffman at a meet on tv. Jenner asked Coffman whether he supported the boycott. Coffman turned to Jenner and said, "Bruce, if we boycotted in 1976 you wouldn't be sitting there!" to a stunned BJ.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by bambam
                          Bob Coffman

                          Most hurt overall of all athletes was the gymnast, Kurt Thomas. 1979 world champion - might have become the 1st American male to win the all-around.
                          In 1980 Bruce Jenner, now a tv star, interviewed Bob Coffman at a meet on tv. Jenner asked Coffman whether he supported the boycott. Coffman turned to Jenner and said, "Bruce, if we boycotted in 1976 you wouldn't be sitting there!" to a stunned BJ.

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                            Most Hurt

                            Skeets, Decker-Tabb, a very young Carl Lewis, and E. Moses.

                            BCB

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                              Allan Wells and Viktor Markin

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