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August 3, 2012

‘Sculling Sloth’ isn’t the Olympic Spirit #rowing #olympics #sham

Filed under: Politics,Sports — Chris Chaten @ 4:46 PM

NBC has been covering the Niger rower Hamadou Djibo with great empathy.  The puff piece featured story talks longingly about the progression of sport and developing role models for future generations of athletes from these developing countries.

I think these stunts are a complete joke.

Djibo just started rowing 3 months ago.  That’s not development; that’s a game show.

Remember the swimmer from Equatorial Guinea in the 2000 Olympics  who took up the sport 8 months before the games?  What a great inspiration he was to those kids who are now hitting their swimming prime!  Where are all of the 20 year old Equatorial Guinea swimming stars?

That’s right, there are none.  Because when you go on a world stage and make a mockery of the effort of the other athletes, you inspire no one.

Swimming 100m slower than the other athletes can swim 200m is a joke.  Finishing a 2000m row in 9 minutes is a joke.  If you want to inspire, train hard for a year. Hit some basic time standards of competency.  Share you experience back home.

That’s inspirational.

Showing the world your countries’ ‘best’ is 3 months of half-hearted training isn’t doing anyone a favor.

-Chris

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