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Jan 26, 2000

Perhaps Avery Brundage Was Right?
When Chicago Millionaire Avery Brundage stepped down as president of the IOC after the 1972 Munich Olympics, ever-true to his dedication to amareurism in international sport, he was once again called for the abolition of the Winter Olympic Games after 1976 because of rampant commercialism, particularly in Alpine skiing.

"There are only two kinds of competitors," Brundage said in his final speech to the IOC at Munich in August, 1972. "Those free and independent indiduals who are interested in sport for sport's sake, and those in sports for financial reasons. Olympic glory is for amateurs."