Friday, February 14, 2014

Citius, Altius, Fortius

Faster, higher, stronger.

I'm good with that.

Pushing the limits, training harder, dedication.

As long as someone can train and condition themselves to run faster, jump higher, etc
Someone else can train just a little more, push themselves a little harder, and break that record. That's what world records & Olympic records are about...

But- where would the Olympics be without Figure Skating or Gymnastics, and all the other judged sports. (Snowboard, freestyle skiing, diving, synch swimming, etc).

And although those sports are nice and the are an integral part of the Games, I'm a little troubled with awarding gold medals to anything that is open to interpretation by 'judges'.

Give the folks who participate in judged sports medals- sure.
Just don't equate it with a gold medal in a track discipline, swimming or say, weightlifting.

The Olympic hendratris is 'faster, higher, stronger'.

It doesn't mention 'prettier'.



Midwest Chick said...

Agreed. Subject does not equal Olympics. Who got there first? Who lifted the most? Quantifiable results.

They try to put parameters on the subjective ones--but those scores are still at the whim of judges and are thus suspect.

Luc said...

Hear! Hear!

Old NFO said...

Agree with all... If it's not quantifiable, it's a popularity contest...