I guess this is why is it called Science "Olympiad". At the US Olympic Track & Field (and swimming) Trials, often is the case is that the US can only send 2 participants per event to the Olympics, regardless of their times. which sometimes means that the 3rd fast American, who could be the 3rd fastest in the world, stays home. But the Olympics are more than about who is the fastest, it is about the spirit of global participation. Would going to Nationals (though I have ever been) be as exciting if there we only 7 states represented? Probably not. There is no perfect solution to SCIOLY nationals. Logistics dictate the number of teams. Good and dare I say great second and third place teams from some states will stay home, yep, got it! So if you are not going, root for your state, go Scioly! FYI, I have started studying for next year. Are you?
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