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Do olympians get a free pass?

Asked by fremen_warrior (5461 points ) February 18th, 2013

I’m curious, do olympians get free tickets to the olympics they do not participate in? i.e. if you’re in the Biathlon, do you get free tickets to the summer olympics etc.? If so, do they get to talk to their counterparts, or are they strictly “spectator” seats?

Also, how long do you think it might take an average-built, relatively fit man nearing 30 to become an olympic-level biathlonist if they were to really stick to the training schedule. Laugh all you want, goals are important in life :P One last question – are there any athletes who compete in both summer AND winter olympics? Is it allowed?

Cheers!

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ucme's avatar

Not a chance, olympic tickets are like gold dust & are usually balloted out to each competing nation by the IOC.
I’m sure a couple of sprinters have competed in the bobsleigh, required for the explosive starts & I think some cyclists have entered the speed skating events, similar skill sets, but i’ve no names that immediately spring to mind.
As for your own personal ambition, go for it, you’re never too old…relatively speaking of course.

zensky's avatar

Also, how long do you think it might take an average-built, relatively fit man nearing 30 to become an olympic-level biathlonist if they were to really stick to the training schedule?

I am laughing, sorry. But also secretly rooting for you.

Keep us posted?

fremen_warrior's avatar

@zensky just watch the news. I’m not yet decided whether I want to do summer or winter biathlons so yeah I’ll let you guys know what to expect xD I decided I need to have at least one crazy goal in my life to make it more interesting, hence this. Thank you for your support ;-)

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