In this thread TeaElle expresses the following sentiment.
I used to feel the same way TeaElle does and was especially disappointed when the USA assembled the Dream Team for basketball in 1992. Of course I missed the boat by a few years since the IOC dropped the ban on professional players in '86 and in '88 professional tennis players were participating in the games. Oh well, belated fury is better then no fury at all.
Then I got to thinking. What’s the difference between many so called amateur athletes and their professional counterparts? A lot of these “amateur” athletes live off of subsidies from their governments or private donations. So what’s the big deal with professional athletes competing in the olympics?