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Should athletes be role models?

Some people say whether they like it or not, athletes are role models. If they participate in national or international sports and win, we admire them. We don’t necessarily worship them, but we think about their courage and determination when we are discouraged.

But others say it put too much pressure on athletes and it will influence their performance in their professional field.

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    Apr 24 2013: I think that it depends on the sport. I find it hard to focus on any particular player in a team based game, Olympic runners, speedskaters, etc are different, I can respect a man who has the drive to become the best.
    That said, I rarely give anyone respect without good cause. Good cause does not include scores, records or sponsorship's to me, the persons background, ideas and attitude reflect a lot more.

    I suppose saying that, athletes don't really constitute very good role models.

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