Rio, Braziliana – Unexpected opportunities for unlikely Olympic participants are being caused by Olympic qualifiers deciding to not go to the Rio Games due to Zikaphobia.
After years of training, sacrificing, and qualifying for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, many athletes who should be going are not.
Since none of the American Men’s Golf Team qualifiers are participating due to Zikaphobia, players such as John Daly, who is currently ranked #1,234 in the world, are stepping up to represent their country.
In some other Olympic competitions, substitutes with literally zero experience in that sport are volunteering to give it a shot.
Toby Smucker, who has never thrown a shotput in his life, will be representing the USA in the shotput event.
Amanda Garson, who has a chronic bad ankle, will be competing for her country in the Women’s 200 meter hurdle event.
If you would like to participate in the 2016 Rio Games, please contact the American Olympics Committee as soon as possible and indicate what sport(s) you would like to try.
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