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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: 1) by ragequit on Tuesday February 18 2014, @08:15PM

    by ragequit (44) on Tuesday February 18 2014, @08:15PM (#1873) Journal

    I'd go with the NASCAR way, and the SPEC car races like CART/IROC. Even one more. You are issued equipment before the event (like 5 minutes before). It's supposed to be about the athlete not the gear.

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  • (Score: 1) by dilbert on Tuesday February 18 2014, @08:28PM

    by dilbert (444) on Tuesday February 18 2014, @08:28PM (#1882)
    Ideally, this would work, but you'd leave yourself open to the accusations of the equipment being tampered with in subtle ways.
    • (Score: 1) by tftp on Tuesday February 18 2014, @10:41PM

      by tftp (806) on Tuesday February 18 2014, @10:41PM (#1991) Homepage

      Not just that. It would be very valuable to familiarize yourself with that "standard" equipment ahead of the competition. For example, all the rifles may be the same... but you need to know that with cold barrel they shoot 1/2" lower; or if you pull on the sling with 30N this will affect the aim point by another 1/2" ... Not everyone would be allowed to learn those details; those who do learn will have a large advantage.