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Why isn’t one single athlete from the U.S. Olympic team a New Yorker?


With the United States amassing medals in Vancouver, we felt a surge of patriotic pride. (At least one of us did; Toronto-native Melisse is still living down that mortifying opening ceremony.) As New Yorkers, however, we both can’t help but feel under-represented.

Of the two hundred and fifty Ralph Lauren–clad U.S. athletes who marched into BC Place Stadium on Friday night, not one qualifies in our minds as a New Yorker. The few who were born here left as children, like cross country skier Caitlin Compton whose family decamped for Vermont before she was ten.

Why aren’t any Team USA Olympians from New York City?

So, as a website obsessed with all things health and NYC, we decided to explore just how it came to pass that America’s most populous city, doesn’t have even one Olympic athlete representing it. If Bermuda and the Caymen Islands can send athletes to the Winter Olympics, why can’t we?

The official winter sport of NYC?

YOGA & PILATES ARE NOT AN OLYMPIC SPORTS, YET
We may be a city of fitness fanatics, but you can’t train for the Olympics at NY Sports or Equinox.

SKATING ON CROWDED ICE
Yes, we have ice-skating rinks galore, but an Olympic-level athlete needs a rink of ones’ own. And where in NYC does that happen?

REAL ESTATE
The high cost of living in NYC coupled with the financial commitment of Olympic training means that only children of investment bankers could afford to have their Olympic dreams realized here.

NYS SKIING OFFICIALLY SUCKS
Let’s face it, you can’t train for the Olympics at Hunter Mountain or Belleayre.

BLOOMBERG’S GUN LAWS HAVE MADE BIATHLON TRAINING IMPOSSIBLE

CULTURE AND COUTURE TRUMPS SPORTS
The best ballet and modern dancers in the world live in NYC. If our dancers would lace on ice skates, we could instantly mint some Olympians. But no self-respecting New Yorker would ever don those sequined, trompe l’oeil costumes. Unless they were couture.

A MODEST PROPOSAL: Mayor Bloomberg, realign your Olympic dreams. Forget hosting the Summer Olympics and focus instead on training Winter Olympians. Why not turn Governor’s Island, a patch of land in search of a purpose, into a mini Lake Placid? It could house luge and bobsled training courses, a few ice-skating rinks, and even a ski jump where skiers float across the East River and land in Brooklyn. You could sell tickets to that.


Do you have any theories on why there are no New Yorkers competing in the 2010 Winter Olympics? Tell us, here!