We want sports to be fair and we take elaborate measures to make sure that no one competitor has an advantage over any other. But how can a fantastic menagerie ever be a contest among equals?

It is a valid question, and a difficult one to answer. My hunch is that there’s a case-by-case approach: we have to have some rules to help even the playing field, but we “kind of know” what feels right and what feels wrong in terms of lucky genetic freaks versus direct subversion of the rules.

via Malcolm Gladwell: Do Genetic Advantages Make Sports Unfair? : The New Yorker.

Link: http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/atlarge/2013/09/09/130909crat_atlarge_gladwell?currentPage=all