Ok, me and some people were watching the horse race today and they were referring to the horses as "athletes". This triggered a discussion among us whether Animals can be considered athletes. I think, by definition, that the word athlete is solely a referral to a "person" trained to compete in some sort of sport. Also, Animals that participate in these competitions are more driven by instinct than by specialty training. Such is the case of a greyhound following a rabit, or a horse just running freely on the open. The animal has no "thought" process or decision making ability to personally (or shall that be animally?) start a training program. On the other hand, the Animal is following orders from someone. Just as a coach gives orders to its players to train, practice, compete, blah, blah. I can't remember much of the arguments that the "pro-athlete" people made. I also believe that when Secretariat won the triple crown in 1976, she was crowned "Athlete of the Year" by some magazine. (maybe Horse Illustrated?) Expect more lame discussions, brought to you by me.