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Daily Editorial: Sport stars keep fumbling

Vail Daily Editorial Board
Vail CO, Colorado

Professional sports and athletes have seen better days.

The undying list of scandals have bled over from the sports section and plagued the entire realm of print, online and TV news outlets.

Sports are supposed to be about heroes. We want to hear about the underdog overcoming all odds to win the big game, the star athlete nobody believed in or just the group of regulars who share a moment with the local kids during the season.

But all we’ve been hearing about this summer are doping scandals in the Tour de France, football players brushes with the law, an alleged gambling ring with an NBA official and the never-ending Barry Bonds Steroid-Era show.

There used to be a time when being a professional athlete meant you might not have had to hold a second job during the season to do what you love.

Now being a professional athlete means you have more money than you know what to do with and the belief that you are above the law. This is, of course, a gross overgeneralization, but not if you scan the front-page headlines.

But there are plenty of role models to find in the amateur and professional ranks. And you probably don’t need to look much further than your neighbor. Eagle County is replete with world-class athletes, most of whom are first-class individuals, too.

If you’re looking for a story about people who are the best in the world at what they do and give back to the community, go check out a local running or mountain biking race. Go chat with Paralympians Sarah Will, Sandy Dukat or Ralph Green. Ask adventure athlete Mike Kloser or triathlete Josiah Middaugh or trail runner Anita Ortiz for a tip or two.

They may not make millions of dollars in endorsements or fill the docket on ESPN all day, but they are real professional athletes.

” Ian Cropp for the Editorial Board

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