just saw this and it seems kinda lame... personal choice or required by the Olympics?
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eheathIts an Olympic rule, its called rule 40. Basically from feb 1 to feb 28 Olympic athletes can not post online about their personal sponsors because it violates the rules set by the IOC. AKA these companies paid a shit ton of money to sponsor the Olympics and its part of the deal.
Z-JuiceOn another note, he totally looks like a young T-Hall
steezyclezyYes it is now mainly compromised of paid athletes but during the games they represent their country and not a brand
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steezyclezyIt's because the Olympics were set up by Pierre de Coubertin in 1896 for "amateur athletes". Yes it is now mainly compromised of paid athletes but during the games they represent their country and not a brand
theabortionatorWhat's next, they can only ride skis/board with blank topsheet/base to make sure nobody is representing an unaffiliated sponsor?
GrandThingsDont know if you were being sarcastic, but I'm pretty sure this is a thing already. Not sure about the skis themselves (I think I remember Dollo riding his actual skiis with topsheets) but that was the whole reason for Oakley made those bright green goggles for all their athletes in 2014 so that people would notice. Jesper posted a pic of his Olympic gear yesterday, everything has tiny logos (have to be under 1.5 inches) and it looked like his topsheets were a little different
theabortionatorI was most definitely being sarcastic. If that's a thing though that's fucked.
I def get not being allowed to have a streamer flying behind you that says buystupidbullshit.com trailing 10 feet behind as you fly down the slope course, but normal gear that's just gear, and not a custom branding statement should be ok.
GrandThingsTBH I dont really have a problem with it because its not like these guys are forced to participate in the Olympics. If you want a chance to win, you need to follow their rules and at the end of the day the whole point of the Olympics is to compete for your country, not for yourself/personal gain. I suppose that's why there's no prize money (?)
Also, topsheets/ski artwork are "a custom branding statement." Its not like the graphics or stickers on helmets, or logos on goggle straps are integral to the function of the gear.
I do agree that its a little ridiculous that the IOC is so concerned with these tiny (relative) companies getting free advertising, but understand where they're coming from
(Also looked up last olympics and dudes were deff just using their regular skis)
theabortionatorIt's not as if most people are a full time electrician or something that just happened to do bobsledding on the weekends and be really good at it. People have to live. There's a big clash of "no professional" deal but wanting the best of the best. The Olympics aren't set up to be an amateur event these days.
Sure it's not integral but why don't they just wear all white. White helmet, goggles, jacket pants, bindings skis. Will it function any worse? The point it that it isn't gear that's may to be an advertisement, it's simply what it is. If they drive a car to an event to they have to remove the badge and replace it with an approved car company?
I understand the concept, I just think it's bullshit, greedy, petty. Omg, that tiny ski company is going to make so many fucking millions because a rider that was already riding for them placed in the olympics on their ski. The same ski he rode in the fucking xgames like 7 years.
GrandThingsNot sure I understand your point in the fist paragraph? It's not like the skiers aren't still getting paid by their sponsors during the Olympics, they're just not able to wear their branded gear during the competition.
As for wearing "all-white," they all do wear uniforms unique to their country. Again, the reason being that you dont compete in the Olympics for yourself, but as part of Team USA, Canada, Sweden, etc.
I totally agree with you that it's a bit petty and greedy (assuming they bid out the uniform design/production to a bunch of different outerwear manufacturers) but I'd be doing the same thing if I was in charge. It's just business.
theabortionatorBusiness isn't all about trying to fuck everyone for a buck imo.
theabortionatorI somebody want to print a giant message on their skis that said "Cool iphones R US" I might say no. But if they rocked skis that said armada, because they were made by armada, and literally an unaltered copy, I think it's a little overkill to say they have to be blanks. Business isn't all about trying to fuck everyone for a buck imo.