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Olympic controversies

2002-02-13 16:01:18+00 by Dan Lyke 1 comments

I no longer watch the Olympics. I used to turn on the Winter Olympics occasionally, but as much as I can enjoy watching some of those sports, the definition of "amateur" has been stretched way too far, the best athletes often don't participate (see snowboarding, for example), and it's been clear for many years that in the subjective events the politics count for a lot. So, much as I was bemused at the whining about Salt Lake City officials bribing Olympic organizers, I'm bemused at calls for figure skating judging reform after the Canadians won silver. I didn't see the two performances in question, but Surya Bonaly's scores in previous years told me that it's a stacked deck. Shut up and stop whining. Furthermore, because the papers need controversy to whine about, it sounds like the topic isn't getting covered evenly. Diane thinks the Russians deserved the gold. And Gwen Knapp thinks critics of the process should shut up because politics have always been a part of ice skating judging, and judges who've tried to change this have been hung out to dry in the past.

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#Comment made: 2002-02-14 03:26:35+00 by: Diane Reese [edit history]

Dan, thanks for the pointer to Gwen Knapp's article -- I am in total agreement with her (no surprise, huh?).