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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 KibiByte on Tuesday February 18 2014, @11:35PM

    by KibiByte (1024) on Tuesday February 18 2014, @11:35PM (#2022)

    Since WWII, we've had this kind of prejudice built into the games.

    Newer F1 racers now have much tighter fuel requirements and design specs for aerodynamics as of this year.

    Shit changes due to records set from prior games, and thus we need to advance in that way to win by the rules.

    Fortunately, in this case, the F1 racers use lower amounts of fuel per mile with the new design change.

    Otherwise I'd be totally against it.

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