Re: Beadie's comments up above. Realign his comments 180 degrees and you have exactly the rationale why Michelle Kwan is going to skate for the US. Total nonsense. She has been "injured" or "unable" to skate for most of the past year. Skips the US nationals because of an "injury" that supposedly will prevent her from skating. Then, a few weeks later she puts on a personal little audition in front of 5 members of the US Olympic committee and voila, she's on the team. Internet voters agree because "we love a good story, and Michelle Kwan is a compelling story". She has choked in the last two Olympics and has virtually no chance this year, but she's on the team because when she skates the National Banking Channel (NBC) will make a ton of money. So much for competing for the right and honor to represent your country. So much for dedicating 4 years of your life to trying to earn a spot on the team. Hey, all you need is a compelling story, a supposed "injury" and a top-flite PR company. You too can go to the Olympics for the good ol' U S of A.
On the positive side, there will be a lot of really fine young athletes from many, many countries who just want to wear their country's colors and will be competing in the true sense of the Olympic ideal. I love the Olympics, I just wish we could see more of those who are competing for the sheer joy of athletic competition. (Anyone remember "Eddie the Eagle" or the Jamaican bobsled team?)