Originally posted by kismet
More seriously, let's just say I believe whatever benefits there are to the world at large to be just a drop in the ocean in comparison to the time, effort, resources etc. wasted along the way. But anyway, I'm not trying to rank different sports in order of how 'good' they are, I'm just saying that gazillion-dollar professional sports in general are not something civil courts should consider particularly deserving of admiration and special protection if and when there are opposing interests at play.
Pitkämäki earns pretty well enough for an athlete. He had very good TV coverage in finland and he has been able to make sponsorshipdeals. And I think he won some prizes as well.
It's perfectly understandable though that Kimi didnt get it. Even if he won it in the end, he struggled a bit too much in the beginning, and only won it thanks to rookie mistakes.
Pitkämäki was a very good choice. He had a near perfect season on world class level. Personally I'd not have liked to see that woman skier, who was caught of using doping earlier, winning it.
Perfectly understandable though that Autosport is upset ;) Readers might even think all the drivers are not superior sportsmen to Putkämäki