Thursday, August 21, 2008

Great Moments In Olympic History

Can this be true?:
For the Atlanta Games in 1996, the French synchronised swimming team prepared a routine based on the Holocaust. They were to goose-step toward the pool, before diving in and re-enacting the arrival of female Jews at the concentration camps, their abuse by Nazi doctors and their last march to the gas chambers. It would be set to music from Schindler's List. Alas, reminding us why politicians should never meddle in sport, they were ordered to abandon the enterprise by the then French sports minister, despite their protestations that it had "great emotional value".
Damn the French sports minister for sabotaging what would have been the single greatest moment in sporting history ever.

2 comments:

Mark Wadsworth said...

It would never have worked - their stick-on-moustaches would have washed off and floated about on the surface.

Daphne said...

I don't know Mark, their ample armpit hair might sufficed.

Cool bit of trivia, Ross.