mojo wrote:I definitely think an announcer should call all the athletes by their last names. It does seem sexist to call the women (and don't EVER call them girls unless they are under 18 ) by their first names and not the men. It is very subtle but it implies to me that they should be taken less seriously. "Mary is stepping into the ring for her final throw just sounds weaker than Smith is taking his/her final throw".
I am all over the map with first and last names. Gary is Gary...no need to explain which Gary. Perdita is Perdita.
I call Sanya Richards Sanya most of the time...I call Andreas...well we wont go there.
I don't think it is sexist in casual converstaion to mix surnames with first names.
If I said the name Marion here I think we would all know who I meant. Same with Tyson. Or Usain.
Results, announcing, and reporting should be consistent and the last name has always been the standard usage.
For newbies, note that Mojo is the voice of a woman.
Bottom line is that management frowns on (discriminatory) first-name calls. Be kind to management and management will be kind to you.
If you wish to debate free speech and first-amendment rights, we suggest yuo check back on the July 4 weekend when the "free speech" forum has its once-a-year-opening. Until then the amendment that trumps all is that gh (proudly) is a raging feminist.
Now, back to track & field talk.