Monday, August 25, 2008

Olympics and Globalization

George Priest and Minor Meyers wrote today about globalization's benefits to America's Olympic standings (WSJ, A11, 8/25/08).

Gymnast and gold medalist Nastia Liukin was born in Moscow, Russia.

Wrestler and gold medalist Henry Cejudo was raised by a mother who was an undocumented Mexican immigrant.

The entire U.S. women's table tennis team is from China.

Globalization also helped non-U.S.-Olympians find jobs and achieve higher performance.

The Iranian basketball team's coach is Serbian.

Becky Hammon, U.S. basketball star, played for the Russian national team.

Swedish wrestler Ara Abrahamian is of Armenian descent.

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