Mary Lou Weissman: "Sports Gesture Etiquette" (2/01/02)
The Olympics are just around the corner and that means thousands of athletes, officials and fans are heading toward the winter wonderland of Salt Lake City. After all, it's the snow and ice that provide the landscape for those gold-medal performances.
Salt Lake has been through a lot of turmoil, given the bribery scandals leading up to the Games, but they're now ready to play host to the world. And since there's a certain balance to be achieved between acting as gracious host and enthusiastic fan, let's have a word with our etiquette guru, Mary Lou Weissman.
Mary Lou explore what we do as fans -- cheering, the wave, whistling, shaking our banners and fists -- and how these things mean different things to different people. How different cultures interpret hand gestures at sporting events? While applause may be universal, her are some other international gestures that apply to the Olympic situation.
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