Recently I heard a comedian on the TV say that they could save money on the Olympics by awarding gold-plated medals. Little did he know that the IOC thought of the same joke decades ago. The gold medals are gold-plated silver. It saves a lot of money and - well, it's a community, isn't it? Nobody is making money from the Games, surely?
I suppose (hope) everyone knows that the athletes are just part of the marketing, like volunteer supervisors on a commercial website. If it were possible to do away with them (think of the extra seating you could get in a velodrome, for instance, if you didn't have waste space on the cycle track) the IOC would have done it long ago.
A while ago I asked a couple of the 'supervisors' on answers.com why they were willing to work for nothing on a site with a turnover of $15M a year. The question was as welcome as (in the words of Billy Conolly) a fart in a spacesuit. They bristled with indignation and, I suspect, acute embarrassment. I posted a question (ask anything you like!) inquiring whether any supervisor had ever spoken to any of the site's employees, and was instantly banned for 'inappropriate behaviour'.
I'd like to know whether any athlete has ever met a member of the IOC, and whether any member of the IOC has ever watched a sporting event, but then they might forbid me from looking at the Olympic Torch (Am: Olympic Flashlight). Christ, what shallow idiots we are - is a fire on a stick really entertainment? Or just cheap TV? They've certainly let down the pyromaniac audience - you can't even see the flame.
Anyway, my plan to recover my good standing with the IOC is to suggest that they award painted wooden medals. Just think of the savings! They'll probably appoint me to the board.