Mourning In America

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Thursday, December 11, 2003
 
Call for Sacrifice At last, the Bush administration is leveling with the American people about the costs of war. Apparently they include America's women's bobsled world cup hopes...
Bobsled driver Shauna Rohbock has been mobilized by the Utah National Guard for deployment to Iraq, ending her current World Cup competition, and -- she fears -- her Olympic dreams...

"Obviously I'm devastated, because this ends my Olympic dreams," she told The Salt Lake Tribune Wednesday night after military night training. "It would be impossible to come back as a driver and miss so much." ...

She also belongs to the Army's World Class Athlete Program, based in Colorado Springs, which provides athletes pay and benefits while they compete for their country...

Her father, Charles Rohbock of Orem, said, "Shauna was recruited in the military as an athlete, was told by military sources that she would represent herself as an athlete. As a father, no one wants to see a son or daughter go to war. She's willing to do her part. I believe she's much more valuable to the Army as an athlete than as a soldier."


Methinks the "World Class Athlete" program is going to be just one area of the volunteer army that's going to be looking a lot less attractive to potential recruits in the next few years...