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>Statistics 101, taught by Prof. Boitano: In the Detroit article,
> when Boitano claims that 95.8% of elite male skaters are straight (479 out
> of 500? unless he's counting ***s as not whole people), but that
> perhaps there are more gay men among "lesser" skaters -- that got my
> boyfriend thinking, how many elite male skaters are there? At what cutoff
> point would Brian Boitano consider you to be a lesser male skater? (In
> case you can't tell, I'm just being silly, okay?)
I don't know if it's so silly. That was another thing that bugged me about
this quote--he implied that if there *were* any skaters with HIV/AIDS,
they were "lesser" skaters. Not only does that leave open the question of
what makes one a "lesser" skater in the eyes of Brian Boitano, it opens
up a can of worms in the interpretation. Does it mean:
--"I don't associate with lesser skaters, so if any of them have it, I
don't know about it, so it's a non-issue"?
--"If skaters have HIV/AIDS, it is *because* they are lesser skaters, so
it's their fault, because elite skaters know better than to get it, so
it's a non-issue for me as an elite skater"?
--"I don't know any elite skaters with HIV/AIDS, so if any skaters out
there do have it, well, they're only lesser talents anyway, so their lives
are perfectly expendable, so it's a non-issue"?
None of those interpretations is particularly attractive...and try as I
might, I can't find any way to believe that what he meant is simnply, "If
any skaters do or have had have HIV/AIDS, I'm not aware of it because I
haven't met anyone through my projects that does, so if there really is a
problem in the skating world beyond my little sphere and I don't know it,
something should be done about it."
Especially considering that he did know Rob McCall and it's too late for
him to deny it.