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I was just wondering if anyone reading this board was an Olympian or knew someone that was.

My uncle was a Baseball Coach in the 1986 Olympics.
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I was just wondering if anyone reading this board was an Olympian or knew someone that was.

I compete at the national level in fencing (summer Olympic sport) and have competed and trained with quite a few Olympians. To my credit, they don't always beat me.

I also have a friend who dated an Olympic track person - but he competed for Barbados, not the US.

I think there's a couple others I know as well. Noone "famous" except in certain small circles.

Celia
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Famous is a matter of perspective. Do you have Olympic dreams?
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Famous is a matter of perspective. Do you have Olympic dreams?

Not so much as a competitor anymore, its very difficult to make it to that level. The U.S. is particularly bad at fencing, so, we usually qualify about 1 person per event. That and I only have about 4 more years of real competitive ability left. While I'd love to compete at that level, realistically I won't make it. I do harbor dreams of finishing in the top 8 (finals) of a national competition, though.

On the other hand, we usually send several referees/directors and I'm working towards being a qualified referee. After all, its an opportunity to watch some of the world's greatest athletes from the first row.

That and I can be a referee for a *long* time.

Celia
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How does one go about finding a mentor in the referee biz?
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