- Breakdancing could be an Olympic sport
Anything that relies on the subjective judgement of a person should not be in the Olympics, or any other major sporting event for that matter. Therefore, break dancing should not be there, unless it’s how many head spins you can do before puking, or something like that.Posted 3 months agoCougarSubscriber
If you have to give style points it’s not a sport, it’s art. Furthest, Fastest, Highest. Not Prettiest.
There’s an artistic element sure, that doesn’t make it “art.” All of disciplines cited here are still largely technical, the judges all know how difficult it is to perform a triple half-swordfish with a U-bend or whatever.
Look at diving scores, all the judges generally give points that are within a couple of tenths of a point of each other. If it were entirely subjective there’d be a lot more variance between them.Posted 3 months agoconvertSubscriber
Should it be in the Olympics and is it a sport are arguably different thresholds.
Breakdancing not being a sport is not particularly contentious I don’t think.Dance competition yes, sport no. There are plenty of other pursuits I’d also classify as not a sport – Darts, Snooker, shooting would not make it if I ruled the world. I’m also no fan of any sport watched on TV where the commentators are not able to tell you almost instantaneously if what you have just watched has won or not and are frequently shocked when the results comes out. Boxing, diving, all the various snow/ice fannying about sports etc.
There are also sports/pursuits that I think loose their purity and appeal when they are engineered into competitive events – I’ll start with surfing and climbing.
The Olympic Games – I think of it as an international festival of competition now rather than sporting event. You dip in an out as you wish. I’d like to see the medal tables the media like to shove up removed – they give some sort of illusion that the individual events have some sort of equity. Just take each event in isolation and either enjoy it or flip over to one you do. My only caveat for inclusion is that an Olympic gold is the highest accolade attainable in that event – if it isn’t you don’t merit a slot.Posted 3 months agoslowoldmanSubscriber
The event is called the “Olympic Games”
So should include Ludo and Snakes and Ladders.
The ancient Greek Olympics included singing, musicianship and oratory.
Anyway much as I have loved rock climbing I don’t see “pulling on plastic” as a spectator sport, less so an Olympic sport.Posted 3 months ago
If skateboarders or BMX freestylers have to wear team strips, a part of me will die inside.
Me too. I hope it’s street skating and not halfpipe. Shut down a section of the host city and let the free flowing line choices commence. Have Rodney Mullen and Daewon Song as judges.Posted 3 months agomogrimMember
If you want to cull events, why not bin the ones where the Olympics is NOT the pinicle of that sport. So football, tennis and road racing are out.
I’d get rid of all the nearly duplicate events, which means losing half of athletics and swimming. And probably indoor cycling.Posted 3 months agoconvertSubscriber
I’d get rid of all the nearly duplicate events, which means losing half of athletics and swimming. And probably indoor cycling.
To me, once you stop thinking about the medals table the sports with multiple events become a non problem. Some sports, like track cycling, have many individual events within a championship as part of their culture. Other sports like field hockey don’t. It’s only when you start tallying up results on a single table and funding sports by the number of medals that can be won that you run into trouble.Posted 3 months ago
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