So tonight is the Opening Ceremonies for this year’s Winter Olympic Games in Torino, Italy.
The games haven’t even started yet, and already there is a doping controversy, with the news that 12 cross-country skiers have been temporarily suspended for abnormally high hemoglobin and/or hematocrit numbers.
Of course, these are not proof of doping, but are health sanctions, “to protect the health of the athlete.” One can assume that full EPO tests will be forthcoming.
I’ve gotten to the point where I just really don’t care if an athlete dopes anymore. Not in cycling, not in skiing, not anywhere.
Sure, I’d like to think that people are competing clean, but the fact of the matter is that for me, cycling and skiing are participant sports. From a spectator perspective, they’re entertainment.
I don’t care if the muscians I listen to are clean. I don’t care if my favorite actors are clean. So what does it matter if the athletes are clean?
Oh yeah … just because I want to ruin the surprise for anyone waiting to watch the Opening Ceremony on NBC later this evening, the torch was lit by Stefania Belmondo, who won Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals at the 2002 Olympics right here in Salt Lake City, Utah.