Olympians and Ball Fans: Ironies and Names


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With the world watching the 76 Olympic controversy around the actual sex of some female athletes, who would have thought that one male gold medalists was contemplating a gender switch the other way.

Were those East German water polo ladies really female? Were they men competing as women against women?

In the summer of 1976 Montreal hosted the Summer Olympics. I was a fresh high school graduate and enjoyed every bit of the festivities. The city was abuzz twenty-four hours a day for the duration of the games.

I recall one of the major concerns of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), aside from the use of performance enhancing drugs,  was the actual gender of the competitors. Were those East German water polo ladies really female? Were they men competing as women against women?

It has always been part of the ’76 Games lore that the only athlete who did not undergo a sex test was Princess Anne who competed in the equestrian events.

He was not the first, nor the last homer to land in that parking lot.

Isn’t it ironic that while there was great concern about men competing as women, the decathlon gold medal winner, Bruce Jenner, was on the verge of beginning to transition to a woman? He was not undergoing hormone therapy at the time, which would in fact have reduced his testosterone and made him arguably less competitive, but competed clean, however the coincidence interests me.

But not as much as the name coincidence; that a guy named Jenner should change gender. Shouldn’t it be Bruce Jender? Then again it still strikes me that the poor guy who fell to his death at an Atlanta Braves game, landing in the parking lot was named Homer. He was not the first, nor the last homer to land in that parking lot.

DCS_Grad_2 DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DC on Twitter @DCMontreal and on Facebook, and add him on Google+

 

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One thought on “Olympians and Ball Fans: Ironies and Names

  1. Garry says they are talking about putting American Pharoh on a Wheaties box. Do horses eat wheaties? Maybe athletes should eat oats?

    Poor Homer. A sad, yet appropriate, end for a baseball fan.

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