Cyclists don face masks in Beijing

A few U.S. cyclists made a fashion statement this morning in China, rolling into the Beijing airport wearing black respiratory masks. The athletes ostensibly donned them as a precaution against the city’s notorious air pollution, but they look, well, a bit excessive. The International Olympic Committee’s medical commission chief expressed serious doubts about the “efficiency” ...

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A few U.S. cyclists made a fashion statement this morning in China, rolling into the Beijing airport wearing black respiratory masks. The athletes ostensibly donned them as a precaution against the city's notorious air pollution, but they look, well, a bit excessive.

The International Olympic Committee's medical commission chief expressed serious doubts about the "efficiency" of the masks, but the U.S. Olympic Committee's chief communications officer was less diplomatic, calling them downright "unnecessary."

A few U.S. cyclists made a fashion statement this morning in China, rolling into the Beijing airport wearing black respiratory masks. The athletes ostensibly donned them as a precaution against the city’s notorious air pollution, but they look, well, a bit excessive.

The International Olympic Committee’s medical commission chief expressed serious doubts about the “efficiency” of the masks, but the U.S. Olympic Committee’s chief communications officer was less diplomatic, calling them downright “unnecessary.”

The move does seem a little dramatic. After all, couldn’t the cyclists have at least waited until they got outside the airport to put them on? And how long can you actually wear those things around all day?

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