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01-12-2013, 03:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Jussi View Post
There's quite a huge difference when you compare what a professional made in the US and the Soviet Union. In the latter it consisted mostly of a bigger apartment, better car, better tv and that's about it. The correct term or wording when speaking of Soviet athletes is that they were trained professionally or given access to professional training. They certainly didn't live like professionals in the western sense and that was what the IOC used as the standard for "professionals" aka taking money for athletic performances.
Soviet and Czechoslovak players were state professionals.

Having said that, state professionals from western countries were allowed by the IOC as well, see NCAA players or Team Canada.

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