Where's The Boundary Between Improving Performance And Cheating?

from the everything-on-steroids dept

As technology becomes increasingly capable of improving the capabilities of the human body, questions about what's legitimate in competitive sports will become more difficult. One question that's been posed before is why steroids are forbidden, but it's fine for athletes to get Lasik surgery to improve eyesight. But these questions aren't limited to (relatively) new technologies. The famed pianist Vladimir Horowitz was discovered to have modified his piano to reduce its action, allowing his fingers to fly faster than similarly skilled musicians. After his death the Horowitz piano went on display, and anyone was allowed to try playing it for ten minutes. They all realized that despite the easy action, none of them could come close to Horowitz's brilliance, not even the trained pianists. The same is true in baseball; several players have admitted to using steroids in recent years, but only one hit 73 home runs. This doesn't answer any questions, but it's clear that the subject is complex -- certainly more complex than politicians or "traditionalists" would have you believe. So, what is the boundary between technology helping an entertainer perform and cheating?
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    WirelessGuy, 19 Jun 2006 @ 2:17pm

    It helps tweak the existing

    Steroid use in Baseball allows someone with skill to hit a baseball traveling 90 mph to hit it a bit farther. Would any of the records on the books have fallen without it? More than likely, simply due to the fact that today's athletes are stronger without steroids.

    This isn't like track where human performance is everything, this is about getting that 1% improvement. Most of the juicers out there who hit the news on the ones who could barely make it, while the superstars who have been busted were past their prime, trying to stay in the game.

    The health issues on steroids has been made out to be more of hype that fact. Any drug, food, liquid used improperly can lead to death. Please see article on TVs and kids....

    I can say this, without mcguire passing 61, baseball would be behind hockey and possibly soccer in the country's eyes after the strikes and lockouts. They even said they "cooked" the balls so they would be easier to hit far, just to get more offense into the game to bring back the fans. As long as people are talking, no press is bad press in the eyes of baseball.

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