I agree. You cannot serve two masters. Apparently multiple-citizenship laws vary from country to country. My eldest daughter, born in military hospital in Germany to US citizen parents, had dual citizenship until age 21 at which time she had to elect on or the other.. she chose US.
lonewolf wrote:Heck, after injury (and, just possibly, lack of talent ) kept me off the 1952 Helsinki team, I would have run for the Kiowa-Comanche team if they had had a delegation.
There is a Native American "National" Olympic Committee that has tried to get recognition from the IOC - unsuccessfully, as you would imagine. I don't think they were formed yet back in 1952, lonewolf.
Pego wrote: I think, the most egregious, on the fringes of this scale, must be the case of a bunch of Canadian hockey players of somewhat Italian heritage that were "naturalized" by Italy for the entire length of the Olympic tournament. It happened in 80s-90's. I apologize for repeating this story, but this sort of naked mercenary behavior is, at least to me, despicable.
Tons of examples in Olympic history - 1920 Canadian ice hockey was really an Icelandic team - all but one player born there. 1936 British ice hockey team that won gold medal was all Canadian ex-pats. More recently, in 2004 the Greek baseball and softball teams were all Greek-Americans that they recruited from the United States because nobody in Greece plays baseball or softball. In 2008-12 the Russian women's basketball team had two Americans playing on it - who played professionally in the Russian leagues. I think the men's team also had a couple Americans on it.
bambam wrote: Tons of examples in Olympic history - 1920 Canadian ice hockey was really an Icelandic team - all but one player born there. 1936 British ice hockey team that won gold medal was all Canadian ex-pats.
The 1920 team were all Canadians of Icelandic descent from Winnipeg. 11 of the 13 players on the 1936 team were born & raised in Canada. Of the 2 Brits, one learned his hockey in Switzerland.
The most ridiculous example I can think of was the German soccer player Thomas Dooley. He represented the USA shortly after finding out his (long absentee) father was an American. In fact he played for the USA before he had even set foot there.