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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, Interesting) by mwvdlee on Tuesday February 18 2014, @07:54PM

    by mwvdlee (169) on Tuesday February 18 2014, @07:54PM (#1853)

    But is this actually a problem that needs to be solved?
    I don't mean "should poverty be solved", I think most of us would agree that it should.
    But rather "should the winter olympics' selection of events be adjusted to accomodate poorer countries"?
    Which events could be added?

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  • (Score: 2, Interesting) by lubricus on Tuesday February 18 2014, @08:03PM

    by lubricus (232) on Tuesday February 18 2014, @08:03PM (#1862)

    I agree that this is something that will be difficult to "solve", mainly I was pointing out that the disproportionate effect of tech on olympics is not new, and that the winter olympics are pretty lame... especially since they are a collection of events devised by rich western countries specifically for their climate or military (the biathalon for example).

    If this were something we wanted to rectify, we would stop adding more and more complicated derivatives of existing events events (team skating, ice dancing?), and add more events focusing on individuals with minimal equipment. (the track and field events come to mind).

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    ... sorry about the typos
  • (Score: 2, Interesting) by VLM on Tuesday February 18 2014, @08:16PM

    by VLM (445) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday February 18 2014, @08:16PM (#1874)

    "But is this actually a problem that needs to be solved?"

    AKA the old argument "we need more girls working with computers, so they can suffer like the rest of us and then get outsourced and downsized". Note that WRT "positive" occupations, nobody ever whines about the lack of male nurses or lack of male hooters restaurant waitresses, you only hear this kind of thing about TPS report authors and the like.