Australian Olympic Athletes Face Social Media Ban

Jan 6, 2014
Originally published on January 6, 2014 8:03 am
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OK, our Last Word In Business is ski tweeting. Is that really a thing?

Well, the Australian Olympic Committee has placed a social media ban on its athletes at the Sochi Winter Games - coming up, in Russia. Tweeting, Facebooking and Snap-chatting join partying as officially forbidden activities.

Winter athletes can thank their summer colleagues for the new social media ban. The country's Olympic committee came up with the rule after a disappointing showing by the Australian swim team during the London Summer Games.

A recent review of that team's 2012 Olympic performance suggests excessive drinking, bullying and yes, social media were major distractions ,and kept the swimmers from bringing home multiple golds as expected.

But some Aussie athletes headed for Sochi for the Winter Games have already turned their noses up at the rule, expressing their feelings - where else? - on Twitter.

That's the business news on Morning Edition, from NPR News. I'm David Greene.

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