You said it. And again since when Olympics is more important than tournaments like Indian Wells/Rome
Just so you know, I've never been one of those people that say the Olympics is not important.
Ask Andy Murray how important it was to him?
Of course it's important, cause the top/best players made it important (and rearranged their entire schedules and played -HUSH-Fed Cup for it).
Yes being an almost part time player may not be the fairest thing (cause it keeps Rena fresh/fresher against her peers).
However, if she wins the US Open, it's pretty much a wrap on the year, even if one of the others wins the YEC (cause Wimby, Olympic Gold and US Open trumps, their one slam, the YEC, and anything else they won). Sorry.
And if someones fave won the Olympic this year, they would call it the "5th major", touting how important it was, regardless of what they may of said in the past.