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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, Funny) by tanqueray on Tuesday February 18 2014, @08:29PM

    by tanqueray (291) on Tuesday February 18 2014, @08:29PM (#1883)

    Some US speed skaters seem to think the latest and greatest technology is actually slowing them down. So are the US athletes behind the curve or the US scientists and engineers? 02304703804579381002780722432 []

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  • (Score: 1) by Solaarius on Wednesday February 19 2014, @03:25AM

    by Solaarius (127) on Wednesday February 19 2014, @03:25AM (#2120)

    Maybe they only wind-tunnel tested the tighter suits on mannequins?

    "But it worked so well in the lab!"