I had this vague impression that the Olympics were supposed to be for “amateur” athletes, but this doesn’t seem to be the case any more. In the movie Miracle, for example, much is made of the fact that the US hockey team were amateurs, and many had hopes of playing in the NHL. But in 2002 it was NHL players who got their asses whooped. And there’s the NBA “dream-team,” and so on.
So, at what point were the rules changed to allow professional players in the Olympics? Was this a decision of the IOC, or is it on a country-by-country basis?