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Old 08-08-08, 10:34 AM   #1
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U.S. Cyclists in the (Olympics) news

Even before their first event, the US teams' actions are newsworthy. From SI:

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/200...x.html?eref=T1



Summary: after the cyclists arrived at the Beijing airport wearing breathing masks (issued, apparently, by the USOC), the following transpired:

The USOC made sure the cyclists understood this breach of guest etiquette by scolding them to tears, eliciting an official apology from Michael Friedman, Sarah Hammer, Bobby Lea and Jennie Reed: "Following our arrival on Tuesday, we offer our sincere apologies to BOCOG, the city of Beijing, and the people of China if our actions were in any way offensive. That was not our intent. ... We deeply regret the nature of our choices. Our decision was not intended to insult BOCOG or countless others who have put forth a tremendous amount of effort to improve the air quality in Beijing."

Sad that concern for one's own health needs to be subverted for "proper" appearances - talk about a bad taste in your mouth. Makes me want to pass on watching any of it.

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Old 08-11-08, 01:54 PM   #2
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What is "sad" is the arrogant manner in which elitist American cyclist behave themselves in Beijing. It's not like they didn't know about the conditions before agreeing to go. And now we have them dropping out of races because of air quality issues and heat? No wonder the rest of the world thinks we're all a bunch of premadonnas over here.

Poor babies...

Give me a break...

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Old 08-11-08, 02:07 PM   #3
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is it mandatory to wear your uniform and have sleeves? i was watching the road race and noticed all (or all the riders i saw) the uniforms had sleeves flapping in the breeze. I find sleeveless shirts to be more comfortable... and theoretically they'd be faster 'cause of less drag/weight (minimal, i know). the jerseys seemed to be kinda baggy; not skin tight.

just my two cents.
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Old 08-18-08, 06:53 PM   #4
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Zan - dunno. I don't follow racing.

SPod: OK, I'll bite..

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What is "sad" is the arrogant manner in which elitist American cyclist behave themselves in Beijing.
Elite athletes prioritizing their health over the risk of a non-conforming image appearing in a media-enforced Disneyesque spectacle - during competition?? Hardly seems arrogant to me.

But please, by all means, keep your priorities in place.

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It's not like they didn't know about the conditions before agreeing to go.
..before?... China said they'd "guarantee" clean air. Maybe they actually guaranteed they would manufacture and supply personal filtering equipment.

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And now we have them dropping out of races because of air quality issues and heat?
Don't know about this - OP/moi was only commenting on Airport arrival event.

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No wonder the rest of the world thinks we're all a bunch of premadonnas over here.[..]stellarpod
I think you're safe - note spelling: prima donna n 1: a vain and temperamental person. [..]

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<EOT>
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Zan - dunno. I don't follow racing.

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I think you're safe - note spelling: prima donna n 1: a vain and temperamental person. [..]

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<EOT>
I thought he meant the late '70 or very early '80s.
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1/ It's not as if the Chinese themselves weren't aware of a problem - they went so far as to take cars off the road in anticipation of air quality problems - a bit hypocritical that they'd expect no reaction
2/ The USOC issued the masks, they should be the ones issuing the apologies for either not instructing on etiquette at the airport or to the athletes for being two-faced about their health concerns
3/ Anyone here who's ever been or known someone who's asthmatic and lived through a smog alert in an American city knows it's the difference between staying healthy and feeling like crud. We have cities with air quality problems too - that's not a secret. In spring, it's been the difference between being able to work or being out for days at a time with wicked allergic respiratory probs. And these people are trying to stay in top shape.

Much ado about nothing. Like prepping people for smog and then slapping their hands when they take your advice. USOC needs to get a bit of a backbone.
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What is "sad" is the arrogant manner in which elitist American cyclist behave themselves in Beijing. It's not like they didn't know about the conditions before agreeing to go. And now we have them dropping out of races because of air quality issues and heat? No wonder the rest of the world thinks we're all a bunch of premadonnas over here.

Poor babies...

Give me a break...

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I take it, this is the reason YOU choose not to compete in this years olympics!
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Okay, wearing them in the airport has got to be a protest, and it's arrogant... I'm sure none of these guys are full-time bike commuters at home. They do their part to contribute to air pollution in the US.

If they were wearing the masks outside or while riding, I could accept that they were trying to protect their lungs. But they'd just gotten off an airplane and hadn't even gone outside yet.
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Immature, arrogant and stupid.
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Are those types of mask even effective for smog? I've always thought that the particles that compose "smog" are extremely small and not likely to be trapped in a passive mask like they're wearing. I've heard that those masks are mostly effective only for airborne dust and for keeping you from touching your nose and mouth directly with your hands (so you don't get sick).
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