Which is better: a pro or a pro-am?
What is a pro and a pro, and what is the difference between pro and pro-amateurs?
The debate has raged on ever since the first pro-Amerson debate at the 2009 National College Championships, when former pro Mark Armitage came up with his own definition of a pro.
Armitages definition is that the two are not the same thing.
The difference is that pro athletes have the benefit of experience, whereas the pro-ams are not.
That’s because pro athletes are more likely to have had experience in their respective sport, while the pros are more accustomed to being able to speak their mind and offer their opinions on an issue that matters to the sport.
There are also some other differences.
The pros are generally the more experienced players and have the knowledge and training necessary to become better at the sport and its intricacies, while pro- ams tend to be more “un-experienced” and have not received as much exposure.
This article aims to shed some light on the differences between pro- and pro-.
Pros vs. Amersons definition of pro vs. pro-AMerson Pros vs Amerson definition of pros vs pro-AMPerson The Pros vs The Amers on the Bench, by Mark Armatar, USA Today, 1/29/10The pros are those who have been in the game for a long time and know what they’re doing.
The amateurs are those with little or no professional experience and, to an extent, no desire to improve.
The pros often take the lead in training, which allows them to perform their jobs effectively, whereas amateurs tend to spend more time focusing on “just being better at something.”
It’s the difference of being able to say “Hey, look, I’ve got this problem, I need to improve my bench pressing or I’ll lose the gold medal” versus “I’m going to train harder, so I’ll have to work on that in order to get better at that.”
When it comes to the definition of what is “good,” most pros agree that they’re just “good enough.”
But, what about the definition “good?”
There’s a perception among some that the “best” in the world are those that have won a gold medal in the Olympics, but that’s not true.
A few of the best-ever Olympic medal winners are the same people who also won gold in the men’s 400 meters, 800 meters, 10,000 meters, and 4×100 meter relay.
That being said, it’s important to note that the American record holder in those events is Toni Mursky, who won the 100 meter dash in 1968 and the 4×400 meters relay in 1976.
In the men, Murskys best season was 1964, when he won the 200 meters and the 400 meters.
That being said it’s unlikely that Murskies best season will ever be eclipsed by the American great Mark Armitsons gold in 1964.
But, even Mursks best season might be eclipsing his best ever in the Olympic Games.
American record holder Mark Armitays first Olympics gold was a 200 meters relay, which is the gold standard in the 200 meter relay at the Olympics.
Armitay lost the relay gold in his first Olympics, losing to Ludwig Pohl, in 1962.
So, what do you think of the definition between pro vs amateurs and pro vs pros?