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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 lajos on Wednesday February 19 2014, @02:01AM

    by lajos (528) on Wednesday February 19 2014, @02:01AM (#2080)

    Under Armour, with the greatest minds of NASA, made some rocket science fastest ever race suits for the US speed skating team.

    How did that work out? The US speed skating team sucked monkey balls, not produced a single medal so far.

    Or look at skiing. It's not like the teams/nations with the deepest pockets ended up on top.

    Sure, there are some sports where tech matters a lot. But not this winter olympics.