I have a lot of respect for track racers. Or I did, until I read this morning that four tracksters on the US Olympic team arrived in Beijing airport wearing face masks -- before they'd even set foot outside the Beijing airport. I mean, wearing a mask before you're even through customs is a little like salting the food before you've tasted it.
Needless to say, the "gesture" was seen as a bit insensitive, what with the Chinese government, y'know, shutting down all the factories, limiting car driving to even/odd days, launching silver iodide rockets into the smog, and executing anyone caught on a 2-stroke motorbike.
The kicker of this is, of course, the fact that Laoshan Velodrome is indoors, too. So there's a pretty good chance the US track team can manage to get from airport to hotel to velodrome without ever having to breathe outside air.
I had no idea that track racers could be such weenies. But I do stand by an old adage: Never trust a person in a skinsuit.
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