Sports from the past week.
Past sports article for the week of 3/14/06
Winter Olympics Environmental
By, Grey Sports
With the Winter Olympics over, I think, after all who pays attention
to this stuff, the time has come to assess the environmental cost of the
many winter events in Italy. Turin, Italy. I think.
Rockets featured heavily in the events, causing no small amount of local
heating, though this has been determined to have minimal worldwide impact.
The massive use of defoliant to take out otherwise impassable groves of
evergreen trees on some slopes is a worry and may have some long term
effects, especially the one that turned all the snow in the immediate
These areas are also now under increased risk of avalanche, as those trees
were vital to securing those slopes. New plantings are being undertaken
though these areas will remain susceptible to avalanche until the trees
are mature enough to offer significant support.
Nuclear devices were used as threats only this year meaning fall out is
Biological weapons were small scale, intended to take out individuals
rather than groups.
Over all hazmat teams are pleased with the way things have gone on this
Swarms of dive-bombing pigeons used by the Swedish team to disrupt certain
events were a problem, leading to massive clean up bills, and the collapse
of nine drycleaners due to overwork.
Of greater concern are, as was initially pointed out by the French, the
Lycra in every offensive colour in the rainbow and anything else that
ever vomited up colour now litters half of Italy.
Much of it was originally created out of a need to make the competitors
visible against the show.
The US, Britain, China and a number of others chose relatively subdued
tones of red, blue and black, maintaining visibility, individuality and
Other nations chose vibrant yellows, vivid greens and livid purple. Not
necessarily bad individually, in combination it was quite stomach turning.
And then there were the costumes using shades of pink, indigo, puce, and
some sort of new colour the Spanish are calling “glov”.
Skiers, Ice Skaters, that thing with the sled, all were plagued by nasty
colours and more than a few attempts to rewrite good taste with poor use
of feathers, leather and Subway wrappers.
Whatever you call it the result was horrific, numerous cameramen were
treated for flash blindness, as were a significant number of spectators.
The athletes were not ignorant of any of this, least of all the horrific
nature of their colour scheme.
This does not mean that they took any steps to minimise the impact, just
the opposite. There is not a single team that does not have at least one
member who tried to dump their uniforms before leaving the country.
Four Italian villages are now flooded with this stuff. Adults cannot go
to work, children have more than the usual number of reasons to fear going
This is the cost of the Winter Olympics, more forgotten than the games