Competitive Swimming Should Be Done Nude

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

If you watched any of the Olympic swimming events this past summer, all of the talk was about the advanced swimming pool the Chinese had built and the new seamless Speedo LZR swimwear.  The commentators suggested this combination of factors was behind the fantastic speeds the swimmers were able to achieve.

Today I read that 15 nations are complaining that swimwear needs to be regulated. As you saw during the Olympics, almost all of the athletes were wearing the Speedo LZR.  So they broke a bunch of records.  Obviously the LZR is superior, but if everyone is wearing it then does it really make any difference?  Every competitive swimsuit that came before it was trying to optimize the athlete’s performance… this one just does it better.  Trying to regulate swimwear seems like an absurd idea. Read the rest of this entry »

The travesty of Chinese Taipei

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Flag of Chinese Taipei

Over the last week chances are good you’ve seen at least some of the Olympic Games.  I was watching a few days ago when I saw a flag for “Chinese Taipei” on the screen.  Then I heard an announcer on the CBC refer to this nation that I had not heard of.  There are more than two hundred nations participating in these games; I can’t claim to have heard of all of them.

So, what’s the deal with Chinese Taipei?  Well, it turns out, Chinese Taipei is really the nation we know of as Taiwan.  Riddle solved?  Not quite… it turns out Taiwan isn’t really a nation either.  You’re probably thinking ‘WHAT!?’  Some of the best stuff is made in Taiwan. The place we know of as Taiwan actually calls itself the Republic of China (ROC).  How can there be two Chinas?  The China that’s playing host to the 2008 Olympic Games officially refers to itself as the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

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