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But Those Are Augmented
The slippery suits are NOT just another piece of clothing. A $20 brief from Speedo is another piece of clothing. A multi-million dollar piece of artifice, complete with refitting and retailoring over years of training with it, AND not generally available to the other swimmers, is NOT just another piece of clothing. When swim meets are decided by 0.01 sec. between gold and silver, ANY artifice worn that is not practically available to the other swimmers would be a FRAUD, on both the sport and the other competitors. You can buy one of the slipperies off the rack for $550 (although that would put it out of reach for most swimmers already). But that is NOT what Phelps has, as the refitting and retailoring and training did not come with your off the rack purchase. It is not just different; it is unfairly and grossly unequal. |
No we are not asking the Yanks to give back the medals (we are not meanies like the American gymnastics program head, whose raison d'ete was to try and deprive the little girl champions of China). And no we are not asking the Americans to swim without the augmented slippery suits while others are allowed to wear them in 2012 (although you'd have to think about that one - WHY are the Americans here on this forum so very concerned about that, if indeed it is "just another piece of clothing" - if that were true, Phelps certainly would not be disadvantaged if he does not wear the slipperies!!!!!). All we are saying is that the Olympics should be about pure sports, and not a competition of the labs to see who can come up with the best undetectable performance enhancement drugs, or the most slippery suit. Let no swimmer be augmented and let there be a fair competition, not one in which the so called champions all spot slipperies.
Let the swimmers try to break the old record pants down (literally). Show some class and honor for a change already!!!
Ban the slippery suits for 2012, and I'll bet you dollars to peanuts that there'd be no swimming records falling in 2012. It is a scientific fact that swimmers swim quite a bit faster with a well fitted slippery suit. Some may say opening the refitting and retailoring program to all would be sufficient. But that simply allows more abuse, and would never be practical. Besides, WHAT is the Olympics supposed to measure? Is it the prowess of the sportsmen, or the ability of the labs and scientists to make the body sheaths more slippery?
[ Last edited by tongluren at 2008-8-25 11:30 PM ]