Wednesday 22 November 2017

Kevin Myers: There's nothing remotely Olympian about hurtling head-first down a track at 90mph on a tea-tray

Kevin Myers

You might be aware that something called the 'Winter Olympics' is on at the moment. It consists of human activities you have never heard of, now being called 'sports', that are not merely elevated into an international competition, but are awarded with real Olympic gold medals.

This makes them the moral and sporting 'equals' of the gold medals that the authentically great Ronnie Delany or Jesse Owens once got.

Now, I am only aware of the existence of these games because a British athlete called Amy Williams has just won a gold in an event called the skeleton. Cue hysteria in Britain for a sport which until last week did not register in the popular imagination. Yet her 'victory' was only made possible by the design of her aerodynamic helmet.

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