- Podium Girls – do they still have a place at races – what do you think ?
Harmless tradition performing a valuable role ?
Vile patronising sexist anachronism ?
Read this first:Posted 4 years ago
They do still exist to some extent in F1 (parading in front of the cars on the grid IIRC) but they’re not bikini or similar clad any more though still IIRC fairly tight clothing. The trend is more towards air hostess type outfits on the podiums though.
With regards to the guardian article, no they don’t have a place. Podium hosts/hostesses who actually have a function is fine (assuming dressed to reflect that job) but for me it’s clearly a sexist thing having barely dressed women there who serve no other purpose than to attract male attention.Posted 4 years agoferralsMember
Never watched a race long enough to see a podium on telly/net, as soon as the winners over the finish line i switch off, so never noticed them.
The thing I thought quite amusing and out-of-place was the shimano girls in bikinis holding umbrellas over athletes to mark the launch of XTR Di2 at whatever UCI world cup race it was.Posted 4 years agokimbersSubscriber
I would rather see their place taken with young kids from within the sport, a bit like mascots at football matches.
this^^^^ , much better idea
podium girls are a bit of a sad legacy of the 70s imho, even shallower than xfactor etc
im sure clarkson/borris/farage will get all PC gone mad about it in a minute tho*
* if a belgian womens cycling race were to actually register on the radar of their target auddiencePosted 4 years agobikebouySubscriber
Weeeeellllll, I’m kinda happy with it TBH.
Whilst I see it as soooo 1980’s I do kinda like it. I do, or rather would, prefer some kids on the Podium as suggested since Cycling has a mass fanbase it would be nice for them to be represented.
Whats’ Cookson have to say on it ? Or is he still reeling from Portes’ “fair sportsmanship fail” 🙄Posted 4 years ago
Sometimes I see road cycling stuff like this and wonder whether I’ve stumbled back in time.Posted 4 years ago
The thing I thought quite amusing and out-of-place was the shimano girls in bikinis holding umbrellas over athletes to mark the launch of XTR Di2 at whatever UCI world cup race it was.mrblobbyMember
It is a bit of an embarrassment to sport. Especially when I think about how I’d explain it all to my daughter when she’s old enough. Do wish they’d do away with it. If they need someone in that role then local school kids would be much better bet.
MotoGP is still pretty shocking, though at least the podium ladies don’t have to do a staged kiss of the winner for the photographers. Fair play to the likes of Dani Pedrosa though for having one of his mechanics hold the brolly instead of some scantily clad lady.Posted 4 years ago
if the fans are getting half naked birds for free i bet there wont be many blokes complaining tbh. i know i wouldnt. i understand if the ladies arent well chuffed at there presentation but shit happens.
Hello 1980’s man.
arent well chuffed at there presentation but shit happens
their, not there. If you are going to be a dinosaur, at least be a grammatically correct one.Posted 4 years ago
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