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Or, in the same manner, "John Smith for Olympics" meaning any place in a team, crew, etc?

I know that it's common practice to say "John Doe for president," but here "president" is a profession/title, while "World cup" and "Olympics" aren't.

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Sounds strange. Perhaps John Doe for Olympian :) At least use John Doe for the Olympics –  mplungjan Mar 1 '11 at 9:49
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I agree with mplugjan - you can use the for an event and it should be right. –  JoseK Mar 1 '11 at 10:42
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You can say (as JoseK already reported in a comment) "John Smith for the Olympics".

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Thanks! I needed something short and catchy and with "the" it really sounds right. Ouch, how could I forget that "the"? :) –  Cyril Mar 1 '11 at 19:15
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