Technological advances have revolutionized sports and changed our attitudes. Idealism in the age of polyurethane swimwear seems so yesterday

Globe and mail:The ancient Greeks, it’s worth remembering at moments like this, competed naked.

Once upon a time, it was possible to talk about the purity of sport with a straight face and an unburdened mind. In those far-off days before swimsuit companies ruled the record books and technology took credit for every astonishing athletic performance, words like faster, higher and stronger could seem wholly admirable – the idealists of the Olympic Games even managed to combine them into a motto meant to transcend conflict and unite humanity in global play.

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