A photograph taken of the Spanish Beijing Olympics basketball team shows all the players in a slit-eyed pose, a photograph that has lowered the already poor reputation of the Spaniards for insensitivity towards racial issues. The photos were taken to aid the campaign for the team in
In another event, Swedish wrestler Ara Abrahamian won a bronze medal before promptly throwing it away. On receiving the bronze he took it off his neck and dropped it on the floor, declaring, “I don’t care about this medal, I wanted the gold.” When his semi-final loss of 3-2 was announced, Abrahamian shouted at the judge and had to be restrained by team mates. Of course, neither of these incidents really reflect the Olympic spirit, and coincidentally our current cover story asks whether that has survived at all underneath all the politics, money and religion.
Meanwhile, Becki Adlington, the British swimmer who won gold in the 400m freestyle, was two seconds off Janet Evans’ world record in the freestyle heats. However, she is still striving for gold – not only due to the grandeur of the medal itself, but also because her parents have promised to buy her a new pair of designer shoes for every gold she wins, and the next pair is worth £400. What exactly attracts women to high heels and expensive shoes? Sally Feldman posed this question in our May June issue.