Does switching nations induce you less of an Olympian?

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( CNN) Competing for your country at an Olympic Games is the highest honor for some. For others, the national flag on your kit is altogether more complicated.

The 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang will feature 178 athletes who are competing for a non-native nation, about 6% of the total vying in South Korea, according to research by global mobility company CapRelo .

The US has experienced the biggest talent drain, with 37 American-born athletes competing for other nations, followed by 21 from Canada and 19 from Russia.

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