Enviro Team Mask
posted by August 5 at 14:40 PMon
Athletes have begun to arrive in Beijing for the Olympics, and they’re arriving in anti-pollution masks:
… four track cyclists on the United States Olympic team stepped off their flight wearing masks over their mouths and noses.
The masks were designed by Randy Wilber, a 53-year-old scientist for the U.S. Olympic Training Center, who has been fielding bizarre questions from athletes for months:
Should I run behind a bus and breathe in the exhaust? Should I train on the highway during rush hour? Is there any way to acclimate myself to pollution?
Wilber answers those questions with a steadfast, “No.”
“We have to be extremely careful and steer them in the right direction because the mind-set of the elite athlete is to do anything it takes to get that advantage,” he said. “If they thought locking themselves in the garage with the car running would help them win a gold medal, I’m sure they would do it. Our job, obviously, is to prevent that.”
The IHT has a great story the air and the Olympics, including boxers who jog in their hotel hallways instead of the street, runners from last year’s test Olympic events hawking up black phlegm, and one politic America athlete who said:
If the Olympics were in Los Angeles, we would probably wear these masks, too.
Give that cyclist a job in the embassy.