[quote]Joe Weider wrote:
mcgwire had 20/10, and his vision started to degrade (all the way to 20/20…) so he got the contacts.
I wondered this myself, whether he was one of those people with naturally better than normal eyesight anyway. This is probably true of many athletes (interesting about Ted Williams, thanks).
Thanks for the info! Also thanks for all the other responses, very good stuff!
I don’t want to see any of these athletes compete naked. Well, maybe the female beach volleyball players!
It’s worth discussing how any technology, whether individually or in conjunction with others, affects the players and the games. I need only point to modern pro-bodybuilding as an example of what happens when technology runs amok. It really can change the nature of things. If you can’t stomach these kinds of questions, tough… what’s the word… noogies.
I’ll raise a couple other points.
-The amount of help given by this type of thing might not be that significant, by itself. But these guys are already in the top tenth of the top percentile in their profession (or higher). ANY advantage is potentially a relatively huge one. This shouldn’t detract from their status as top professionals. I don’t think it’s cheating, either. But it does help them in ways that weren’t previously available.
-When I read this article, I thought - DAMN, that is some scary/cool shit science can do! And the future will be even scarier/cooler. I bet that there will be a surgery “arms” race in sports one day. Artificial eyes, muscle grafts, augmented nervous systems. The sky’s the limit baby! It’s not here yet, but like cloning it might be worth discussing. Is there a fixed line that techs used in sports should not cross? Or will it just be a line of the times, changing as technology improves?
It’s hard to criticize the top players, who have worked harder and have more skill than I ever will. But for some reason, this stuff does lessen them a little bit in my eyes. With every new technology, the people seem a little less superhuman, a little less magical, and a little less interesting.