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Emily Scott

Everyone can tell you the bad things about the Olympics. So why do they still resonate for billions of people around the world? There are many reasons.

The story of Emily Scott isn’t a bad place to start.

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15 Responses to Emily Scott

  1. Bono says:

    Seems the link isn’t working…

  2. Geoff says:

    Emily Scott ahead of Derek Jeter???

    Oh wait, never mind.

  3. ksbeck76 says:

    In Joe’s defense, modern defensive metrics show her to be far superior to Jeter. If she skated in New York instead of Missouri, this wouldn’t even be a question.

  4. Carl says:

    I initially thought this was a woman from the AAGPBL. Since there are already several players on the list who never played in MLB, I would not be surprised if a Dotty Kanenshek appears sometime soon.

  5. invitro says:

    I would have liked the story better if she had worked and saved up to get the $50,000. Other people have to pay for their own hobbies; why is hers more special than mine?

    And get off my lawn!

    • Karyn says:

      Well, you could go ahead and try GoFundMe, and see how far you get.

      Training at an Olympic level requires a lot of time and energy. Saving up $50,000 would be impossible. This kind of thinking would reserve the Olympics to the wealthy and their scions. It’s a little sad that we don’t support our athletes more.

      • invitro says:

        Do you think it’s sad that we don’t support our Scrabble players more? Or Starcraft players? No? Well, why not? Why is speed-skating more worthy than these hobbies?

        How about pinball players? I was a competitive pinball player a few years ago, and went to several national championships. I was decent but not much more; I estimate I was in the top 100 in the world. For $50,000, I could move to a city with lots of pinball machines, play eight hours a day, and travel to several major tournaments in a year. I would try gofundme, and hope for a USA Today endorsement, if I thought I had a chance*. Why is speed-skating more worth than pinball playing? Becoming a world-class pinball player requires lots of time and energy, also.

        * I would try using it to get a Ph.D. first, as I think that pursuit is indeed more worthy than speed-skating or pinball or any other hobby.

        • Phaedrus says:

          Geez. It’s not about her choice of “hobby”. She came from a tough background, didn’t feel sorry for herself, found something she enjoyed doing, and really dedicated herself. People admire that dedication and wanted to help her out. She was obviously grateful for the help too.

          It’s pretty sad that instead of being inspired by her, you’re jealous of the help she received.

          If you were smart (and dedicated) enough to be admitted to Harvard’s phd program, I’m sure they’d find a way for you to attend even if you couldn’t afford it. Of course, I’m sure you’d decline their help because some asshat on the internet thinks a phd is a worthless “hobby”.

  6. Red Line Trane says:

    What many people don’t realize is that not only will Emily’s experience as an inline skater not translate to speed skating, but it may have actually hurt her.

    The difference in form between the two is so significant that she might as well be learning how to race a unicycle. Really, speed skating requires the most ridiculous form I’ve ever seen in any sport. The standard position is completely unnatural and very, very difficult to get used to.

    • “The standard position is completely unnatural and very, very difficult to get used to.”

      Will she get a positional adjustment to boost her WAR?

    • Since Emily has been speed skating since 2010 and just qualified for the Olympics by finishing 2nd in both the 500 and 1500, apparently the transition from inline skating to speed skating has already occurred. Your comment made it seem like she was just attempting some near impossible switch.

  7. Schlom says:

    The Winter Olympics, for the most part, is totally strange. Are there even one thousand people that are serious speed skating competitors in the entire United States? You probably have to be more talented to play Division One football or baseball than make the Winter Olympics. However that’s not to say that Emily Scott (and most of her fellow Olympians) don’t put tons of time and effort into their sports though.

    • Dan Shea says:

      I can’t wait for the Winter Olympics when we’re treated to the spectacle of 300 pound linemen going off the large hill ski jump.

  8. Guy Gregory says:

    Thanks, Joe. Good story, this Emily Scott. Great story, this Craig Scott. Through it all, they’re proud of each other. I suppose that’s the art on the Olympic canvas.

    • Gordon Hewetson says:

      I echo what Guy Gregory said. His was the least cynical and snarky comment of the lot. How could anyone not be touched and inspired by this story?

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