Thursday, January 24, 2008

Oxygen Wars

The Air (Dis)Advantage

Because the air quality in Beijing is so poor, U.S. Olympics team has been preparing to combat the pollution problem through various methods, the Times reported today. The Canadian team suggested they are planning for the smog, too, but declined to elaborate:

Jon Kolb, an environmental physiologist with the Canadian Olympic Committee, bristled when asked about Canada’s plan, saying, “We would prefer to keep our strategies to ourselves.” He did say, however, that Canadian athletes would not wear masks (like the U.S. team).
First, this air quality problem never crossed my mind; perhaps I take for granted the relatively clean air around these parts.

Second, if Toronto's bid had been successful, these upcoming summer Olympics would be played here. The air quality issue in Toronto is not particularly fantastic, but I don't believe the U.S. team would have to consider wearing masks.


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