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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: 5, Informative) by r00t on Tuesday February 18 2014, @08:06PM

    by r00t (1349) on Tuesday February 18 2014, @08:06PM (#1866)

    To truly understand how far the Olympics have come from their humble beginnings one needs to consider the following:
    http://www.slate.com/articles/sports/fivering_circ us/2014/02/first_winter_olympics_what_skaters_ski_ jumpers_and_curlers_looked_like_in.html [slate.com]

    I can't help but think about how synthesized and commercialized the Olympics (Ok, sporting events in general) have become and consequently this is the reason I give less f#cks about them each year.

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