Yes, they do seem more likeable than the Olympians. Even Shane, last year, kept going on about being a champion.Yes, especially the "elite" athletes. Whether they just think they are better than everyone else (something we've seen already and which Abby rebelled against), or that their intense training somehow diminishes their ability to interact socially, I don't know.
The lower tier of spiortspeople (eh. footy players) often seem more down to Earth.