"Sci-Tech Today talks about the role of technology in the Olympics from a unique perspective:
Every advance in the ever-accelerating juggernaut of sports technology threatens to widen the divide between Olympic haves and have-nots. Well-sponsored teams and rich governments pay top-end scientists and engineers to shape their skis, perfect their skates, tighten their suits, measure their gravitational pull.
I'm no luddite, but this seems to make these sports more about who can afford the best tech, and less about the true spirit of the games: bringing the best athletes from all countries together to compete. How can it be about the athletes, when some of the best athletes may never win due to lack of funding/tech?"
As a scientist, you stand on the shoulders of giants.
As an athlete, you need to outdo all the giants that came before you.
Actually, as an athlete, you need only outdo the athletes with whom you are competing. There is no need to break any record, which is apparently all that seems to matter these days.
That's why I hope that as we slowly converge towards the human physical limit in various sports disciplines, we will learn to switch to "Year's Best"/"Decade Best" type records instead of drooling at all-time World Records.
Athletes stand on the shoulders of giants even more so. Their genes are the product of untold thousands of generations before them. The techniques they use, the training they do and the equipment they have was all developed by those who came before them. That's why people can still break records in things like foot races where if it were simply down to hard work the record would have been set decades ago and never touched. As training and equipment (shoes) improve humans become capable of running faster.