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Old 02-23-2002, 09:27 PM   #16
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There's a difference between "athletics" and "sport".

Professional wrestling is "athletic". It is not a sport.

Any competition where a panel of judges subjectively decides one participant is "better" than another - and ESPECIALLY where "artistic merit" is a key, if not deciding component - is not a sport.

Besides which, figure skating, gymnastics, synchronized swimming and ballroom dancing really are all, more or less, the same thing. One just takes place on ice, another on a mat, the third in a pool, and the last on a dancefloor. I don't really get how people can bash something like synchronized swimming, or ballroom dancing, yet hold up figure skating and gymnastics as being "sports". They're all based on the same judging critera.
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Arghhh... double post.

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Old 02-24-2002, 02:03 AM   #18
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Curling. I know it's athletic and such, but it is incredibly boring to watch. Tickets for that must be easy.

Oh, and biatholon is pretty stupid as well. Meh.

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Besides which, figure skating, gymnastics, synchronized swimming and ballroom dancing really are all, more or less, the same thing. One just takes place on ice, another on a mat, the third in a pool, and the last on a dancefloor. I don't really get how people can bash something like synchronized swimming, or ballroom dancing, yet hold up figure skating and gymnastics as being "sports". They're all based on the same judging critera.
Ballroom dancing doesn't have flips, somersaults, and the technical level of expertise required in the other three (weel, two as swimming doesn't count). The other two are much more difficult, and that's a major factor in a competition.

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Old 02-24-2002, 08:27 AM   #20
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Walking in the Summer Olympics, totally stupid and theyy look like morons.

About the biathlon, it is a very traditional sport and itīs roots goes back very long. Itīs very logical, many many many many years back they skied while they were out hunting, so thatīs were itīs coming from. So maybe thatīs one of the few sports that ACTUALLY makes sense...

AND itīs a very good TV-sport!

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Curling. I know it's athletic and such, but it is incredibly boring to watch. Tickets for that must be easy.

Actually, a Canadian broadcaster said they'd done an informal poll of the scalpers at SLC, and after 1. Figure Skating, and 2. Hockey, Curling tickets were the 3rd most in demand. So there ya go.
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Well, first and foremost is OBVIOUSLY the proposed demonstration sport for one of the upcoming olympics: bridge.

Aside from that, balroom dancing (okay, so it was a demonstration sport), gymnastics, figure skating, synchronized swimming. Take your pick. None are "sports", all are pretty laughable.
Most argeed IC. Bridge & Ballroom dancing a sport?
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Any competition where a panel of judges subjectively decides one participant is "better" than another - and ESPECIALLY where "artistic merit" is a key, if not deciding component - is not a sport.
Actually, I agree with you. Those disciplines do not hold my interest. It's maybe that I don't get that artistic merit thingy. Anyway, in my personal opinion, every discipline in which a jury gives points to contestants should be removed from the Olympic Games (or they have to change the rules in such a way that no jury decisions have to be necessary). I mean, I don't understand it when, with the ski jumping, the person who has jumped farthest doesn't get the #1 position just because some other person jumped 'more beautiful'. The Olympic motto is Citius, Altius, Fortius (translated as Faster, Higher, Stronger) and not something like Faster, More Beautiful, More Artistical.

Besides, when having no disciplines in which a jury has to decide there will be less complaints about irregularities.

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Seriously, they should have some sort of separate Olympics for billiards, table tennis, foosball, etc. I'd watch championship foosball if it were televised.
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Double Luge, if only for that start off
Yes, the start is rather....strange. I'm not sure how much American TV you get to see, but the 2 man luge teams look a lot like Saturday Night Live's Ace and Gary - "The Ambiguously Gay Duo"

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Old 02-26-2002, 05:16 AM   #27
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whats the one where some guy throws himself down a slope on a metal tray???i think its called skeleton

but at least its not as stupid as calling the US baseball the "world" series
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