Oooookay now, calm down a bit. I completely agree with you about swimming. Now I don't swim myself if I am not forced to, it's just not my cup of tea. However I have spent enough time in the pool to realise how outrageously difficult it is, even if I am in a good shape.so again, stop with the hate on swimming, its an incredibly tough sport and i reckon 9 times out of 10 you could ask a swimmer to have a good stab at track running or hurdles or whatever and they'd be half decent at it, reverse the situation and i bet most couldnt even dive into a pool properly.
How much slower would Phelps of been if he was forced to not have one of those ultra-smooth full length suites? Stuff like that just seems to contradict the spirit of the Olympics.Just a note to the jaded (no names *cough*vambeer*cough*), whether or not the athletes are all cheating, one thing that's for sure is that the technology of the olympics gets better and better every cycle. It's not huge, but changes to the swimsuits in swimming, the material the track's made of, etc, does allow the athletes to go that little bit faster (re: break records) than older less scientifically made suits/arenas. It's like one guys sets a time sprinting on loose gravel, then another guy who's evenly matched comes along on tightly packed gravel (...smaller rocks mebbe? I dunno) and goes just that little bit faster with the help of a better surface.
In short: Seriously! Come on!
Interesting point in theory, but no use in practice I think. Thing is, if you said swimmers couldn't wear fancy speedos, you'd have to say what could they wear. Speedos at a maximum length of 8 inches? Board shorts? Naked (at least that one could be easily monitored)? knee length speedos? Maximum smoothness of .034? etc.... And then all the time, you'd have to make sure that the suits were exactly according to the rules, and no longer then they may be, and no smoother than they may be.... etcHow much slower would Phelps of been if he was forced to not have one of those ultra-smooth full length suites? Stuff like that just seems to contradict the spirit of the Olympics.
I actually got into a pretty heated argument with the wife about it. I don't believe the swimmers should be able to wear those ultra-slick suites, I consider it cheating even if everyone is allowed to wear them and she started to yell at me about how I don't understand since "I'm not a swimmer" (she used to be WAY back in the day and apparently that counts for something despite her being a big girl now) and didn't really put up a valid argument beyond that.
I then stupidly asked "well what happened" in regard to her being a swimmer in her youth and the shape she is in now.
So tonight I am sleeping on the couch, and probably tomorrow night as well.
Don't you and the wife have anything better to argue about? :lol:How much slower would Phelps of been if he was forced to not have one of those ultra-smooth full length suites? Stuff like that just seems to contradict the spirit of the Olympics.
I actually got into a pretty heated argument with the wife about it.
Full story:News Article said:A Cuban taekwondo athlete and his coach were banned for life after Angel Matos kicked the referee in the face following his bronze-medal match disqualification.
Cuban coach Leudis Gonzalez offered no apology for Matos' actions during the men's over-80 kg (176 pounds) match.
Matos was winning 3-2, with 1:02 in the second round, when he fell to the mat after being hit by his opponent, Kazakhstan's Arman Chilmanov. He was sitting there, awaiting medical attention, when he was disqualified for taking too much injury time. Fighters get one minute, and Matos was disqualified when his time ran out.
Matos angrily questioned the call, pushed a judge, then pushed and kicked referee Chakir Chelbat of Sweden. Matos then spat on the floor and was escorted out.