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Great Britan Ski-cross athlete gives up

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@CEM posted this on Facebook today and I have to say I'm saddened by this. 

 

Maybe I don't know the backstory, but I'm puzzled why this athlete is not "in" when there is a spot open. 

http://www.standard.co.uk/sport/skicross-athlete-emily-sarsfield-drops-olympic-battle-9083354.html

 

Here is the lead in 

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British ski-cross athlete Emily Sarsfield has been forced to give up her legal fight against her omission from the British team for the Winter Olympics.

Lawyers representing the athlete for free were forced to pull the plug on legal proceedings against the British Olympic Association because, were she to lose, she could have to pay the costs for the other party.

 

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It's because Britain is such a powerhouse of winter sports glory ( don't laugh Ted's now shilling on primetime TV the very brand that cost Baxter his Slc Bronze)that the BOA can afford to blank an athlete with a mere 17th place in the World champs.

Basically our suits are more afraid of Eddie the Eagle syndrome than in allowing our athletes their just reward for 4 years' self funded graft. #BOADOUCHEBAGS
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They've not accepted the place she's been offered because she'd slid marginally outside Top 32 ranking to 34 due to injury. Obviously once current injuries and country athlete limits are taken into account she rises considerably in the rank of athletes actually able to compete.

But we don't want that because despite London 2012's motto of "Inspire a generation" kids wouldn't get anything out of a British girl going elbow to elbow in a very telegenic event.

If this makes no sense to you please feel free to heckle the BOA on their Facebook page. It would be nice if the world showed them out they've succeeded in embarrassing British winter sports.
Edited by fatbob - 1/24/14 at 3:39pm
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