Can you remember the start of the Six Million Dollar Man:
Steve Austin, astronaut: a man barely alive
Gentlemen we can rebuild him
We have the technology
We have the capability to make the worlds first bionic man
Steve Austin will be that man
Better than he was before
Better, Stronger, Faster
Why doesn’t the same sentiment apply to sport. By all accounts Lance Armstrong was a genius with his employment of the pharmacists to make him “better than he was before. Better, Stronger, Faster.”. Lets face it he was – he won seven Tour de France trophies. People are only pissed because he had a better system than every other team and he was cleverer than those who supposedly run the sport.
We allow technology to advance machines for entertainment, we allow pharmaceutical advancement to remain at a level of health that is deemed acceptable – why can’t we be better than we are. Sport is simply about entertainment or betting – look at the funding levels for those that don’t meet this criteria – so why not allow those who participate to do what they want to build up their physique. If everybody is allowed then its a level field.
Is Steve Austin acceptable because he worked for the CIA and didn’t try and win gold medals? Or simply because his name is Steve.