It seems pretty obvious to me that lifters who "are down" are not fulfilling their obligations to the team that they joined voluntarily/under free will/by choice/etc. If lifters do not have the Team's best interest in mind, then they should not have joined said Team.
For example, in 2005, I acted in accordance with the best interest of the Team when I voluntarily handed my slot to the next lifter in line. Could I have gone to Jr. Worlds in 2005? Absolutely. After all, I WAS the #1-ranked jr. female lifter and, as I recall, the only female to have made over 100% of the qualifying total. I would have LOVED to go to China as well! However, I quit lifting 5 months before Jr. Worlds. By the rules of the contract, I could have gone to the competition and snatched 45k and clean and jerked 50k. By your logic, that behavior would have been entirely acceptable. I think not.
No, I never said that. I said that if people choose to join a team, then they should act in accordance with the best interest of that team.
but I think in this situation of an injury (Rachel retired) the honorable thing would be to step aside and allow another lifter to take your place. I think the individual who took Rachel's place appreciates what she did.
USAWs intent at international competitions is to field the best team possible. Since they pay the bill I feel the lifters should further that intent and if one knows they are injured and knows others would preform better and place higher, then they should step aside.
I'm just saying if you are selected to represent the United States in an international competition, and that selection is based on your recent performance(s) in a qualifying competition, then it is not unreasonable for the organization to expect that you will be healthy and fit enough to compete well.
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