I could be off completely on this, if so please educate. Some of our competitors have managed to to give up a large chunk of their lives perfecting their given talent despite coming from meager backgrounds and everyday struggles one wouldn't think an "Olympian" would go through.
I get the impression competitors from other countries (China, Russia even Mexico) typically come from the top of the so called gene pool of their country. No doubt they catching it bad in training lol, probably from a more disciplined way than us. But would your "average" kid from these other countries be given the remote opportunity to compete at this level or is this saved for the "higher class"?
I was checking the 2 cats from Mexico doing sync diving and asking myself whats the odds a youngsta from Juarez that didn't get caught up being a runner for a cartel would have a chance of taking his dream this far.