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posted by mattie_p on Tuesday February 18 2014, @07:30PM   Printer-friendly
from the and-now-for-sports dept.

CoolHand writes:

"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?"

 
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  • (Score: 2, Insightful) by bungle on Tuesday February 18 2014, @07:48PM

    by bungle (1370) on Tuesday February 18 2014, @07:48PM (#1843)

    Or make everyone use the same equipment...

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  • (Score: 5, Funny) by Vanderhoth on Tuesday February 18 2014, @08:07PM

    by Vanderhoth (61) on Tuesday February 18 2014, @08:07PM (#1868)

    Here's your jockstrap, I'll need it back for the 1:30 game.

    Sorry I know what you meant, but couldn't resist a little fun.

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  • (Score: 1) by buswolley on Tuesday February 18 2014, @08:17PM

    by buswolley (848) on Tuesday February 18 2014, @08:17PM (#1875)

    ... except I'd randomize to two conditions (with tech, without tech). Then we could measure the impact of science.

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