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Kim and the Olympics

Teletext says two propositions were made to father Lei Clijsters.
-Kim plays in a white outfit
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-if she wins a medal she goes on the podium with an adidas jacket,but is allowed to play in her usual fila outfit.

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I remember similar case with Jelena before last Olympics. She was clearly booed then.

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I think this is another example of how commercial the Olympics have become. I support Kim. The Belgian olympic committee had to know in advance that the top players already have clothing endorsement contracts and that they'd be in violation of those contracts appearing in another company's clothing.

It puts the player in an impossible position, asking her to either seem unpatriotic, or to shaft the company that HAS supported her during her career.

No Olympic team should be making clothing deals with some manufacturer and then expecting players to go along with such a contract.

And tennis is NOT like other Olympic sports. Kim has not been training all year at some Olympic tennis camp. The skills she'd bring to the team have nothing to do with the Olympics. They would have more to do with the money she has earned on the tour, and some of that comes from her current clothing sponsor. It has nothing to do with the Olympics.
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You're quite right!

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I second that! The Olympics use to be something special to watch. Now it's like every other sport, a mindless, capitalist driven machine.
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does Kim think representing Fila is more important than representing Belgium ???

she can always get another contract
or she could become an Aussie

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does Kim think representing Fila is more important than representing Belgium ???

she can always get another contract
or she could become an Aussie
that last would be the best solution

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Is this whole thing even Kim's decision? I would imagine that it's not only about her wanting to wear Fila but also about Fila wanting her to wear Fila. I mean they pay her god knows how much money to wear Fila and I can't imagine that they would be content to say Sure Kim, go to the Olympics, where the world will be watching, and wear Adidas even though we're paying you millions to wear Fila....

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the us basketball team got around this by having players sponsored by "other" companies to drape the flag over their shoulder, where the rival sponsor's logo was shown.

good enough for MJ.. probably good enough for Kim..

I can't decide whether I think this is commercialism gone totally bad, or good loyalties by athletes.
Its hard for me to say, no I won't represent MY COUNTRY in the OLYMPICS because of a sponsorship deal..

on the other hand.. Fila does pay Kim BOATLOADS of $$.. and generally money wins out over most other things.. like patriotism.
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Yep...that´s a difficult thing to say. NO WAY should she be wearing Adidas during the OLYMPICS where everybody´s watching, while Fila was paying her all the millions them other times. That´s wrong...but I´m sure the Ozzies would love to adopt Kimmie. I mean after they lost Jelena, they lost all hope of ever having a GS winner. Enter Kim...easy.

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I have the solution....if she gets up on the podium she should strip off her Addidas top to reveal her Fila sports bra!

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Hahaha....and then Lleyton comes out and then you know.....the rest.

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I have the solution....if she gets up on the podium she should strip off her Addidas top to reveal her Fila sports bra!
lol..best solution I've heard yet!

I think Kim is pretty loyal to Fila..her father once said that after she parted ways with Nike, it was a tough market and they weren't getting any offers until Fila came and offered them a 7 month contract. Kim appreciated that alot and has stayed with them as a result.

I personally found it hard to believe that no company would want the #3 player (I believe that was her rank at the time)..but that's what Lei said
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Fila only pays Kim as long as she's in the top 8.
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Is this whole thing even Kim's decision? I would imagine that it's not only about her wanting to wear Fila but also about Fila wanting her to wear Fila. I mean they pay her god knows how much money to wear Fila and I can't imagine that they would be content to say Sure Kim, go to the Olympics, where the world will be watching, and wear Adidas even though we're paying you millions to wear Fila....

Belive me they can't be paying Kim that much that company is almost in bankruptcy.
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