The New York Times reports today on a scandal in the Olympic sport of rhythmic gymnastics. Dozens of would-be judges have been implicated in widespread cheating on their qualifying exams. The cheating, as described by the Times, is the stuff of middle school, with test-takers scrawling notes on their palms and copying everything from each other’s papers, including mistakes.
Think the risk of getting caught would not be worth the reward of winning a rhythmic gymnastics judgeship? From the NYT:
A job judging at the Olympics and other elite competitions is a coveted perch. As the rhythmic gymnasts compete to see who can twist their limbs into the most elaborate pretzel – while climbing through a hoop – so too do the judges contort in their own ways.
“If their eyes were guns, they’d kill each other,” said Mr. Moers… .
I don’t know what you’ll see in this story about judges cheating on rhythmic gymnastics exams, but it seems to me that this sporting scandal ought to be a metaphor for a political scandal. The question for you is which one. Be creative. Hit the comments, please.