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326: The Great Individual vs. Team Debate

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THIS WEEK

  • We have TWO episodes this week, so be sure to catch our 1993 NCAA Nationals commission as well!
  • Updates on some of the other difference makers we could have talked about last week but didn’t. Like idiots. Plus, many more American collegiate medalists. 
  • More on the Jade Carey situation
    • Jessica thinks it’s AWESOME, Spencer thinks it’s strategically unsound, and they both think USAG botched it (but whaaaaa?) 
  • The great INDIVIDUAL vs. TEAM debate, years in the making
    • In the individual corner, Jessica O’Beirne, who gives two giant steaming turds about team medals
    • In the team corner, Spencer Barnes, who finds a way to make this about math homework somehow
  • We create some much better rules for how the US should be handling individual Olympic spots
  • The Youth Olympic Games have started! We need to talk about the “mixed multi-discipline team event” 
  • Jessica tells us about Shawn Johnson’s interesting appearance on Freakonomics
  • Miss Val’s Life is Short Don’t Wait To Dance Book contest winners announced.

FURTHER READING

The Jade Carey Problem 

Strong Opinions About Every Single Nation’s Worlds Team

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Maria
Maria
3 years ago

Thank you for another great episode! However, being German and therefore being a bit sensitive about the issue, I have one little correction: The line Jessica mentioned (\”Germany above all\”) is no longer used in the German national anthem; in fact, it is actually prohibited to use the stanza containing it at official events (or even in general, not sure about that one). Ever since WWII and the ensuing denazification, only the third stanza has been used as the national anthem. This stanza\’s beginning is \”Einigkeit und Recht und Freiheit\” (\”Unity and Justice and Freedom\”), which I think is a very beautiful motto considering our history as a country…
Cheers from Munich and I can\’t wait for your coverage of this years\’ worlds!

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