Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Team Nutrilite Athletes Lay Three Big Eggs in China's Birds Nest Olympic Stadium: Hypocrisy of Amway Athletic Endorsements!
I suppose Amway must now pay out the big bucks to bring the World's fastest man on board to endorse Nutrilite vitamins. Seems like their horse in the running at the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing China, Jamaica's Asafa Powell, came up short and laid an egg finishing 5th in a field behind new World Record Holder and fellow Jamaican Usain Bolt in the 100 meter dash for the cash. The details can be read by clicking here. Many people may remember that Asafa Powell credited his winning ways to Nutrilite vitamins after signing a huge endorsement deal with Amway. Hmmmm? I was just wondering if Amway now is going to take credit for his losing ways in the World spotlight as well as his former winning ways?
The news was already bad for Team Nutrilite because one of their other big name athletes, Liu Xiang, defending Olympic champion, lined up to run the 110-meter hurdles limped out of the starting blocks after a fellow Chinese athlete false started and Xiang ripped his number off and left the stadium complaining of leg problems. Thousands of shocked Chinese fans quickly left the stadium in disgust. The details can be read by clicking here.
"Liu pulled up lame just steps into the first round of qualifying Monday, leaving the Summer Games' host country without one of its biggest stars — and far and away its biggest star in track and field." ... Associated Press.
Both Powell and Xiang laid a big egg in the appropriately named Bird Nest Stadium. Not to be completely outdone by the other two Team Nutrilite egg layers, Sanya Richards (formerly recognized as the best female 400-meter runner in the world since 2006) got passed by two women in the last 50 meters of a race she seemed to have wrapped up at the final turn and brought home a Bronze medal for Team USA and Team Nutrilite. For the story, click here. I suppose she should have popped a few more Nutrilite supplements before the big race but instead laid her own egg!
How can Nutrilite vitamins be blamed for the loss of two of these top Team Nutrilite stars as well as a disappointing Bronze medal for the third? Well, I ask how can theses top stars credit Nutrilite for improving their performance after winning outings and not also blame Nutrilite for their poor showings when they lose miserably on the biggest World track and field stage? Isn't the whole situation just completely ludicrous? I don't know how many times I've seen someone claim how good Nutrilite vitamins are because Asafa Powell takes and endorses them. Let's face it, vitamins are just vitamins. Vitamins may have something to do with a athlete's general health, but do they in and of themselves a winner make? These sport endorsements are made after huge payouts of hard cash to the athletes who may or may not actually be taking the supplement. Possibly the new fastest man in the World will now have his hand out to the likes of Amway, Herbalife and any number of other supplement sellers for a big payday whether they actually intend to takes the supplements or not. That is why I referred to the 100 meter race above as a run for the cash! Shoe and clothing retailers will probably be jumping on the winner band wagons as well. Amway obviously is a big loser in their hopes to make a big deal of their losing Team Nutrilite athletes.
Many times these Amway endorsements are made to encourage Quixtar/Amway distributors into believing that Amway products are just as great as the Team Amway athletes are. Might they now be wondering about this line of reasoning? Might some other vitamin manufacturer now make the same insane claim Amway formerly made through their paid hack athletes? Where does all the endorsement money come from? Yes, out of the pockets of mostly Amway product consuming distributors who buy and chomp these vitamins to make their monthly bonus quotas.
Could Team Nutrilite athletes be losing their endorsement money the same way Amway distributors lose their money and time to the Amway product pyramid scheme? Amway isn't going to be able to make very many winning advertisements based on Team Nutrilite's losing performance in these Olympics like they had hoped! I guess they can promote the nice try aspects: how existential! Pyramid scheming worked out better for these athletes than their sport careers!
New recruits, you can climb on the new Team Nutrilite losing bandwagon now. I have heard that bad news comes in threes. Are you listening Alticor? Team Nutrilite has pretty well been knocked out during the 2008 Olympics; not what your big bucks hoped for! Amway is the team sponsor for team China. Even if China wins the most gold medals or the most total medals, this doesn't seem like a great public relations hit in the United States? China, aren't they Communists? Doesn't Amway operate the American Scam?