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[–] BIackTuesday 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

There is no reason why this can't be the case. This is not mutually exclusive.

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[–] Erroneous 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Not in winter sports. Competition from Europe and Canada is brutal.

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[–] DudeDude 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Big population?

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[–] ISylaSI 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I love America and the US, but we don't have the best athletes. We have the best basketball, football, and baseball players. Maybe the best at extreme sports also like snowboarding. Americans tend to think that we have the best athletes, but that's because you are hit in the face daily with highlights and advertisements. This is called the "availability error" as you are more likely to believe things that you know and hear more about. Watch the Olympics, we don't even come close to other countries in events that aren't popular here, and that's a majority of them.

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[–] contains_nutsndBOLTS 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

most of the world's top notch athletes

Outside of sports exclusively or almost exclusively played by Americans, who are these athletes?

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[–] dumblindeaf 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

The obese in the US tend to come from the lower classes, tend to be less educated, and have to rely on fast food or unhealthy food. The Olympians have a very different background. Rich people in the US don't generally have the same problems with obesity, at least not at epidemic levels like we see in the general population. They also would never touch a McDonald's.

A lot of Olympians also train their whole lives, and many are 2nd or 3rd generation Olympians, or children of Olympian couples or of other athletes. It's a carefully groomed subset of the population, definitely not representative of the whole.

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[–] wolflink009 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Because we are the best at everything! MURICA!

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[–] Ratfink 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

We have to win everything. We have to have the most in shape people and the most out of shape people.

Because 'Murica.

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