White House Waffles On USA Attending 2018 Olympics

The Hill reports:

The White House on Thursday left open the possibility that U.S. athletes won’t participate in 2018 Olympics in South Korea.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders during the daily media briefing said “no official decision has been made” on whether the U.S. will send its athletes to the games in February, which will take place in Pyeongchang, roughly 50 miles from the demilitarized zone with North Korea.

Sanders said the goal is to attend, but “that’ll be a decision made closer to time.” Sanders later walked back her remarks, saying that the U.S. “looks forward to participating” in the games.

More from CNBC:

A senior U.S. official has cast doubt over whether U.S. athletes will able to compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea amid heightened tensions with the North. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, said the prospect of U.S. athletes participating in February was an “open question.”

When asked by Fox News Wednesday night if it was a “done deal” for American athletes to participate in South Korea, Haley replied: “I have not heard anything about that. But I do know in the talks that we have, whether its Jerusalem or its North Korea, it’s always about how we protect U.S. citizens in the area.”

  • bkmn
  • June Gordon

    She couldn’t get Putin on the phone for the answer.

  • Tawreos

    Funny that his buddy Putin gets kicked out and all of a sudden we are concerned about safety.

    • kaydenpat

      Hmmm mmmm.

  • Christopher

    Oh, I’m sure this has absolutely nothing to do with Russia being banned.

    Nope. Not at all.

    • Gustav2

      If we withdraw other countries will follow making it worse for what is a financial burden for any country.

    • JAKvirginia

      Right? These fuck-ups are SO easy to read after awhile yet they think they’re just the cleverest evah!

  • Jeffg166

    Putin’s totally not calling the shots at the White House.

  • Butch

    Because Russia can’t participate? I suspect that’s closer to the truth.

    • Joe in PA

      That is where I went as well. Solidarity and all… 🙁

    • Jerry Hinnant

      My thoughts exactly!

    • Scott MB

      Don’t want to piss off daddy Putty Poo

  • Sean Williams

    Our President made us so safe, we cannot attend the Olympics…

    • Bryan

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    • Tawreos

      MAGA!

      • Ray Taylor

        Morons Are Governing America.

        • Tawreos

          Nailed it!

    • Anastasia Beaverhousen

      He’s giving himself a golden…. medal.

      • Tawreos

        Its only gold plated, but inside is a little gift from his favorite Russian hooker, not the one he married the one from the hotel room.

  • Christopher

    The better question to ask is:

    Will there be anyone left alive on the planet by the time the Olympics roll around?

  • Tawreos

    He has been trying to tweet us into a war for over a year now but the Olympics might get people killed.

  • ChrisInKansas

    Is this because Obama sent our athletes to previous Olympics?

    • Tawreos

      Oooh, so close. The correct answer was Russia didn’t want to sit home alone. Thanks for playing. =)

      • ChrisInKansas

        Sorry! I thought Trump said “Russia” but with his slipping dentures, it sounded like “Obama”.

        • Tawreos

          Nice =)

        • Duck

          Now, now, we all know that Dear Leader’s teeth are all natural, perfectly cavity free and the bestliest teeth evah. All that lisping and slurring was totes because his throat was dry from all that talking, yo.

      • krist, i didn’t even think about that aspect of it. you are probably right. ffs.

  • misterjack

    I saw the headline and thought Sarah Hucksterbee went on a waffle binge.

    • kaydenpat

      That too.

    • nocadrummer

      That would explain SOME things, but not all. See – “Twinkie defense”.

  • Stev84

    “Home of the brave”? Hahahahaha

  • AmeriCanadian

    I KNEW it! I knew we would pull out. Quelle surprise!

    • Christopher

      If only Trump’s great grandfather had pulled out.

  • boobert

    Where’s my surprised face? I don’t need it anymore because nothing surprises me.

  • Christopher

    “White House Waffles”

    I am NOT eating those!

    They’re probably blue anyway.

    • Tawreos

      During the renovation they put a Waffle House in the basement, it’s how they got Sarah to take the job.

      • Christopher

        That explains why she’s always in a rush and “running out of time”.

      • misterjack

        It’s the ‘Sarah Huckleberry-Sanders Special.’

        • Tawreos

          That sounds like the best main dish for a diet plan ever conceived by man.

        • Stephen Elliot Phillips

          “Scattered smoothered and covered”

    • Paula

      Can you just imagine find a wiry, greasy orange hair in your waffle? Ewwwwww!

      • jerry

        Relax, it’s synthetic…

        • McSwagg

          “Fake” hair?

  • wtf?

    you know, as i age i come to hate sports more and more. and i was a superior athlete in my younger days.

    it’s the politics. the corruption. the money. the sexism. the racism. gawddamit can’t we just enjoy a fucking game? apparently, the answer is no.

    i remember the time when i played a sportsball game against some Olympians. wow they are tall! also, um, really strong. don’t ever do so if you are looking for bragging rights about yourself in sports. i got Spanked, in a very literal and unfun sense.

    as we say at another blog, bc the owner of that blog wants to not get in trouble with the feds, instead of saying extreme things about specific federal agents and employees, we say [bannable.] i am saying that now. come on, people. let sports be sports. stop ruining it all with other crap. you don’t have any idea how hard these young people train and work and aspire, to get to this level. it’s intense and incredible and wonderful. leave them out of your bullshit and let them just play.

  • Pete Maher

    For what? As a protest for his buddy Putin’s athletes being banned? A show of solidarity WITH THE RUSSIANS?

    • Halou

      You beat me to it by 5 minutes. I can’t think of any other reason why Trumplandia would behave in such a petty way.

  • dbishop75

    I don’t think he has any say in the matter. Not unless they added a Big Mac eating contest this year.

  • Treant

    Well. Back from the dollar store, where a russet-haired, blue-eyed twink was my service person. And I’m quite sure he was putting the make on old me. For what reason, I’m uncertain. I’m just barely (if I had a kid at 14 and that kid did the same) old enough to be his grandfather.

    At least I meandered out with many gift bags, plus two really cheap and probably awful LED bulbs and a glow-in-the-dark rave bracelet set for my youngest niece, who will love playing with them.

    • Joe in PA

      So there’s that. 🙂

    • greenmanTN

      …a glow-in-the-dark cockring rave bracelet set for myself youngest niece…

      • Treant

        Great, now I have to go back because that does have some potential, doesn’t it?

    • Stephen Elliot Phillips

      I love being cruised. It doesnt happen like it used to. Now im more shocked like “who me??”
      I even have one guy who gives me a show with happy ending in the gym shower. I look, of course, but i dont touch.

      • Treant

        Yeah, at 48 I no longer have the twink advantage. I’ve sort of gone to a rather seedy wolf type. 🙂

  • gaycuckhubby

    Luckily the decision is not his, it is up to the USOC. The USOC takes recommendations from the president about sending athletes to the games and usually they listen to the president ie..Jimmy Carter
    I don’t think they’ll listen to this one

    • kaydenpat

      Good to know.

    • Lazycrockett

      He doesn’t know that. What Drumpf says goes!!

  • kaydenpat

    So because Russian athletes got banned, our athletes have to be punished? Putin’s Puppet, indeed.

  • Lazycrockett

    NBC would lose Billions.

    • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

      Surely they have cancellation insurance?

      • Karl Dubhe 2

        Does it cover war? 🙁

      • Friday

        Re-insurers must be taking huge hits just from all the Republican-related disasters and crashes already.

    • Christopher

      Even if our athletes didn’t compete, NBC would still air the games.

      Those greedy bastards will never pass up a chance to make a buck.

      • Lantor

        But who would watch the winter games without the US competing? Damn Canadians! /s

        • Friday

          I dunno, I tend to only watch biathlon, bobsled, and, err, curling if you could believe it. 🙂

  • Blake J Butler
    • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

      And the Democrats among them will be driven out while the Republicans stay (and snicker).

      • B Snow

        This.

      • Halou

        They’ll get re-elected by larger margins among holier-than-thou Evangelicals.

        • J Ascher

          See Vitter, David as the prime example.

    • Christopher

      What flavour popcorn goes best with watching a republic die?

      White Cheddar or Caramel?

      • Christopher

        I think I’ll go with Caramel for the sugar rush.

      • Tomcat

        Whatever kind sticks in ones throat and stops the torment.

        • Christopher

          So Crunch N Munch then? 😉

          • Tomcat

            With barbwire pieces.

          • Christopher

            I would’ve preferred razor wire, but it is more expensive.

          • Paula

            Ground glass is cheap, plentiful, and can be made at home. Win-Win!

          • Christopher

            Look at you being all frugal!

            Thanks girl!

          • Bryan

            Oh, Fiddle-Faddle…

    • boobert

      Only 30? Go back and investigate every single one for every action since their birth. Not one will pass ,not even the women !

    • Tomcat

      And only the Democrats will be run out of office, thank you for caring.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Tax bill? There’s a tax bill up?

    • greenmanTN

      If they suddenly drop 20-30 names it will dilute the effect of any particular accusation until it’s meaningless. It has the possibility of stopping this movement(?) in its tracks, turning it into white noise, instead of furthering it.

      Just my opinion.

      • MichaelJ

        Moreover, all sorts of objectionable behavior will be lumped together, and any appreciation of how such behavior can differ in it terms of its severity, longevity, offensiveness and harmfulness will no longer appreciated. The rush to call for the heads of everyone who has been guilty of some sexual misconduct has blurred any distinction between the actions of, for example, a Harvey Weinstein and an Al Franken.

  • Halou

    Let me guess, the IOC called to give Trump a gold medal in recognition of… his golfing skills (?) because that is totally how the Olympics work innit, but he refused because he was scared of being interviewed about it by the “fake news”.

  • Henry Auvil

    Will Miss USA be able to compete for Miss Universe this year, or will she be in hiding?

  • Tomcat

    Our athletes represent our country, not the trump regime. We are going to go.

  • gaycuckhubby

    How much you want to bet he did this just to piss off Mitt Romney?

    • Halou

      What does Mr Mittens have to do with it?

      • gaycuckhubby

        Mitt Romney was the president of the Salt Lake City Winter Olympic organizing committee. He was widely praised for his handling of the Olympics after they were hit with corruption and bribery charges. It was one of his most noteworthy accomplishments. And you know how Petty Trump is

        • jmax

          Ann Romney also owns a horse which competes in Olympic-level Equestrian events.

          • gaycuckhubby

            Oh yeah. I forgot about that!

          • Christopher

            I heard their dog won a gold medal in Car Roof Riding.

    • Treant

      That, too, but I’m willing to bet that a guy named Vlad made a phone call to the White House. “Don, baby, they won’t let us go, you should boycott. It’s unfair. Losers. And it’ll make you look like a strong leader.”

      • Halou

        Just like how when it was announced that Trump might relocate the Israeli embassy, rumour spread that Russia will follow suit, then Trump did it and Russia stays put in Tel Aviv because they’re not morons.

  • gaycuckhubby

    Nothing would showcase his inept to foreign policy more then our athletes not being able to participate in the South Korea games. I think it would even hit those who don’t pay attention to the news or politics.

  • Tomcat

    Once again in our rush we throw out the baby with the bath water.

  • Treant

    The next question should be, “Does Trump kneel when he fellates Putin, or does Putin prefer to finish off in Don’s mouth while lying down?”

  • Bluto
  • Ron Romero

    I’m guessing NBC as the network broadcaster of these games will have something to say about this, since they will lose millions in ad revenue.

    • gaycuckhubby

      Probably his reason to do it, TBH

    • Well, if it’s not on Faux Newz, the results can’t be trusted. ‘Tis all fake news, yeah?

  • doninkansas

    If Russia can’t go, we won’t either!

  • Gene Perry

    Let’s see, is the Prez in charge of the Olympics? No. So keep your orange nose out of it Donny.

  • bkmn

    Sarah NEVER passes up waffles

    • Treant

      This was also the direct reason she was fired by the Waffle House.

  • Gene Perry

    If I were an Olympic level athlete & had worked my entire life to get to Olympics only to have Donny f*ck it up …. there would be some hell to pay.

    If I were an Olympic level athlete & had worked my entire life to get to Olympics I’d damn well be going even if I had to pay my own way & even if Donny threatened to arrest me for treason or something. Piss of Trump!

    • Tomcat

      If I were one of them I would go and represent a good country instead.

  • Tomcat

    Congress should decide if we go, not trump,,, oh crap the trump sucking congress will do his bidding.

    • Friday

      I’m not actually sure that’s the call of either of them, unless the State Department wanted to institute a travel ban to South Korea.

  • edrex

    after just reading the headline i thought commander bone spurs was standing in solidarity with russia after they were expelled. are we sure that’s not the real motive?

    • Tomcat

      WE are real sure it IS.

  • Lars Littlefield

    The White House waffles? Why not pancake? Wheat toasts? Croissants? Brioches? Maybe kuchens? How about crepes? I know . . . the White House fruit cakes on attending Olympics in North Korea?

    Linzer tortes?

    • Bluto

      Dude, Egg McMuffins.

    • Christopher

      All of those are way too foreign sounding for this regime.

    • Gene Perry

      Have you seen SHS’s ass recently? Looks like waffles and pancake and wheat toasts and croissants and brioches and maybe kuchens and definately crepes. Plus a McMuffin or two.

    • stuckinthewoods

      blini, since the reason is Russia.

    • GanymedeRenard

      Arepas? Baklavas? Empanadas? Apfelstrudels? Flour tortillas?

  • Bluto

    I like this idea. Bronze metalists on 1 side, silver on the other, gold in the middle.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c10a03114caf5f15e6da0cedd85b1d7e8bcd20ed30a561247aa5f4019d4f5540.jpg

    • Tomcat

      Or rifle shooting.

      • Bluto

        For the nazi olympics, sure.

        • Tomcat

          Isn’t GOP Olympics like GOP Liberal Arts and Sciences?

        • greenmanTN

          With Fox News in the middle to report on the competition.

      • Paula

        Take them up to the DMZ, anybody that crosses that minefield is the champion.

  • safari

    Our athletes train for years and then President BabyKing wants to pull out because Pooty Poot drugged his athletes and can’t send them.

    • Tawreos

      I am sure when the time comes he will claim that they all have bone spurs and can’t compete.

    • Tomcat

      He comes from a long family line that wants to create the master race don’t you know.

  • gaycuckhubby

    He just wants attention. The US will be at the Olympics.

    • Tomcat

      SAYS WHO? Sorry I was channeling trumps lawyer there.

    • Beth Sanders

      tired of you folks fighting to WASTE OUR DOLLARS! Be right back have to go tend to gerald.

      • Friday

        What dollars? That’s not how the Olympics work, unless of course an American city hosts like you just said you wanted.

      • Edmund Allin

        Play some bridge with me instead. 🙂

  • AlternativeQuacks

    Duh. Trump is planning on blowing up the whole Korean peninsula before then.

  • I_Misuse_Gender_Pronouns

    It would just be a crying shame if the U.S. didn’t participate.

  • boobert

    Any bets that we ever see the results? lol https://twitter.com/washingtonpost/status/938866225026871297

    • Treant

      You’ll see “results.” They won’t be “the results,” but Sarah will tell you all you need to know.

      And there’s nothing to see here. Move it along.

    • BobSF_94117

      Please, not a repeat of Reagan’s version of it’s a Small World ride…

  • safari
  • GanymedeRenard

    “…it’s always about how we protect U.S. citizens in the area.”

    How do you reconcile this with the Jerusalem thingy, ma’am?

    • BobSF_94117

      Well, how are they going to protect them if they don’t put them in danger first?

      • GanymedeRenard

        The U.S. Embassy in Israel is currently in Tel Aviv, not Jerusalem. By moving it to Jerusalem, as planned, they’re putting U.S. citizens in danger, hence the incongruence with this approach on SK’s Olympics.

  • TampaZeke

    This has NOTHING to do with North Korea. This has EVERYTHING to do with Trump standing in solidarity with his fuck buddy Putin and Russia, who have been banned from participation.

  • Galvestonian

    O.K. — Let’s see … if the Moron-in-Chief is always making really stupid & in-all-cases wrong ( totally WRONG ) moves & decisions what would he do in this
    case ??? Come on, boys & girls – what do you think he’s going to do to most offend everyone & make the U.S. look like real doofuses ???

    What is Putin going to tell him what to do ?

  • Beth Sanders

    Now why on God’s green EARTH would ANYONE want to go to KOREA??? Bring the olympic games back to AMERICA where they belong!

    In Christ,
    Beth Sanders

    • White Canary

      Lol

    • Friday

      Christians missing the frigging point again. If they belong in any one place on Earth, it’s…. Olympia. Io! 🙂

      • Beth Sanders

        I prefer Waco!

    • Edmund Allin

      LOL.

  • JaniceInToronto

    Idiotic scare-mongering. It’s how they work. Keep everyone scared and off-balance and you can get them to do pretty much what you want, or at least get away with murder. Fuckers.

  • HZ81

    Fuck you, we’re going!

  • RaygunsGoZap

    Just trying to pre-empt all the No Thanks, Assholes the White House is sure to receive from medalists.

  • vtdave

    So the d-bag in chief with his 6th grade insults and nuclear threats will negate years of hard work by our American athletes? I call bone spurs to the face on this deranged asshat!

  • AlternativeQuacks

    OT – I need to unload. I was working with a co-worker this week that I’ve known for a long time is Republican and obsessed with money, but he’s otherwise usually a pretty normal and intelligent person. He brought up Trump and I just exploded about how much I hate that “moronic monsterpig” (among other choice words) and I was mad at everyone who had voted for him, because I couldn’t hold it in anymore. Normally I don’t discuss politics at work, especially not with people that I know vote different from me, which is most of them. He claimed that he didn’t vote for Trump (wrote in Kasich) and then started going on about he couldn’t vote for Hillary and all these unspeakable alleged crimes of the Clintons and he even started getting panicked because he’s convinced that Chelsea Clinton is going to run for something because “she’s starting to speak up”. He’s completely convinced that the Clintons are something like a cross between the Borgias and the Sopranos. All bullshit, of course, but here was a relatively well-informed, reasonably intelligent person who believes all that crap.

    I think the Democrats underestimated how widespread and deep the damage is from 20+ years of Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, AM Radio and, yes, Facebook (I think Facebook may be the single worst source of disinformation now, more than all the others combined).

    • Gustav2

      And I have been complaining about local newspapers and Sinclair owned local news. While the local Ohio newspapers do not support the completely crazy, they don’t debunk it and support any Republican.

      The info bubble is a force field.

      • AlternativeQuacks

        Yup. The co-worker I was referring to lives in the Cincinnati area.

      • NowAnAgnostic

        I believe Meredith is the same, and maybe worse. Our local CBS affiliate is Meredith owned.

    • Friday

      I’m not sure if it’s so much a matter of ‘underestimation’ as the fact that confronting authoritarian followers with contrary information only tends to make them more attached to their irrationality. What they *didn’t* do is tell them to go fuck themselves and make the corporate media report on the real facts and policies and bigotries for the apathetic and less-political. Liberal types may believe in consensus, but the Right simply doesn’t play by those rules. They shouldn’t be allowed to have more influence than their numbers should call for.

  • justmeeeee

    These colors don’t run! YEAH!!!!

    • boatboy_srq

      They apparently won’t run the 100m – oh, right, Winter Olympics, so no luge or bobsled or skiing or skating or hockey for the US. And definitely no running in snow, regardless.

      • justmeeeee

        Hey, how about a new Olympic sport, pissing in snow??!?! We can put up our dotard against their rocket man and see just who’s best once and for all!

  • Friday

    Sure, Donald, just how to look weak and afraid of North Korea *while* pandering to Putin’s Russia.

  • Outlaw Woman

    A lot of people might not remember Jimmy Carter’s boycott of the 1980 Moscow Olympics … that was actually a pretty big thing and, I’m convinced, contributed to his loss the next November. People didn’t like it.

    So … I’m all for Trump messing around with the Olympics.

  • Natty Enquirer

    Is it actually up to the White House? I suppose they could block emigration, but I would think the decision lies with the U.S.O.C.

  • NowAnAgnostic

    What the hell does North Korea have to do with our athletes attending the Winter Olympics in the country of our long-time ally, South Korea? Does the Chief Idiot believe that North Korea is going to invade South Korea just to harm the US athletes?

    Everything that piece of shit does is just Fucking KKKrazy.

    • Friday

      Certain non-zero potential danger does exist, but chickening out to cover for pandering to Putin is not the fucking answer.

      • NowAnAgnostic

        There is always non-zero potential danger where ever the Olympics are held. For example, 1972 in Munich.

  • dcurlee

    I guess Putin told Trump we couldn’t go because they can’t

  • Edmund Allin

    Huh. Unless the USA is going to officially boycott the games, I honestly can’t see how this is a decision for the government.

    • kareemachan

      Well, neither is saying what other nation’s city is the actual capital, so….

  • dogdadny

    The best way to support South Korea is to participate in the games they are Hosting – so of course the 🍊one will pull out. (I bet Melania wish 🍊had)
    Ps. I love the i still can’t type her name without it being auto corrected.

  • You know he’s going to pull the plug. He has to. Mark my words…

  • Tiger Quinn

    Wait, wut? Why would WE not go?

    • boatboy_srq

      Because Pooty-poot’s team has tonstay home.

      Possibly also because Lord Dampnut doesn’t think either Korea will exist by the time the games start.

    • kareemachan

      Putin’s butt-hurt.

  • JerryRich
  • Terance Greene

    Ok I’m officially making it clear. I HATE TRUMP AND HIS ADMINISTRATION!

    • Ben in Oakland

      But what do you really mean ?

  • Etranger

    Thanks President Trump for making the world so safe for Americans to go outside our country. I feel so much winning since January 20, 2017!

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Hmmmm, what Trump’s just mulling over whether Americans should be so close to NK when he starts WIII….nah, he doesn’t have the attention span, let alone the smarts to even have that thought.

  • Charles Nelson

    Russia banned from Korean Olympics. Putin sends orders to US President Trump that US athletes not be allowed to attend either!

  • Is it possible that the Trumpisti are confusing PyongChang in South Korea, with Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea?

    • boatboy_srq

      Is it possible that tRumpets confuse North Korea and North Dakota?

    • Ben in Oakland

      It’s possible they are confusing sane people with trumpanzees, so yes.

    • kareemachan

      Not just possible, but most likely. They’re idiots.

  • Tom Ato

    Well, we do have to show solidarity with our dear friend and closest ally, Russia.

  • MichaelJ

    Pulling out of the Olympics would please Trump’s hardcore followers, who are disinterested in and distrustful of anyone and anything that occurs outside of America, with easy-win wars being the notable exception. But it would not be popular with anyone else, who are more likely to identify with the aspirations of the American athletes and not the Trump’s supporters in the Kremlin. Carter kept the US out of the 1980 summer Olympics, which did not help his bid for re-election.

    • robindaybird

      they’re care for the sole idea of rubbing American Superiority in the faces of the other countries.

  • EqualityForAll

    This has nothing to do with the state of affairs on the Korean peninsula. I suspect since Russia has been barred from participating in the Olympics, Putin has decided that the USA should not participate either. Whatever he’s holding over the Dumpster’s head is what’s really driving this decision.

  • Smith_90125

    Sound like the US is worried about a lot of athletes testing positive.

    Or coming home empty handed, unable to win enough medals.