You must measure achievement by how far you've thrown something than
You must measure achievement by how much faster you are then others.
You must measure achievement by how many times you put a ball in a net
past your opponent.
You must measure achievement by any event governed by a clock or a
This must rule out (though there's reason to like some of these);
Rhythm gymnastics - more dance then a "sport"
Diving - yes they twist, etc. but how do you measure a perfect score
Gymnastics - yes, it's fun to watch and amazing, but is this any
"Dancing with the Stars"?
Equestrian - dressage must go, jumping - willing to consider
Any event with "style points".
Start with perfect for stated dive according to rules, then deduct for
variations from 90 degrees at entry, throw out the highest and
lowest scores from the group of judges, average the rest, then
multiply by the Degree of Difficulty for the dive. You'll notice that
there's (normally) little difference in the individual scores, indicating
that what might be casually seen as variables are really constants.
Yes, biases do show up at times, but that's why the statistical correction
is made (plus, that will be that judge's last appearance at a meet).
Where does anything requiring personal equipment fall? There's an
inherent (in)accuracy in bows, rifles, badmitton racquets, boats, etc.
that has nothing to do with the athlete (but must meet requirements
stated in the rules for the sport) , but the sports qualify under your
Fencing would be out...
Gymnastics out? How long can you hold a cross on the rings?
What? No strength or agility here?
The horses I gotta agree with you on.
Time for another cuppa coffee.
What the original post said has merit. There are many Olympic events that are not sports and/or use very subjective judging to determine a winner. Synchronized swimming? Ballet in the swimming pool. Why not have actual ballet as an event? No need for the pool and water. Kayaking? A fun, enjoyable sporty activity. But is it a sport? Competition? Wouldn't hot air balloon racing be similar? Shouldn't it be an Olympic event too? Ping Pong, table tennis? This is a sport? I thought it was a recreational activity, hobby. Shouldn't pocket billiards be a sport too? Shoot nine ball for an Olympic gold. Badminton? I guess its a sport, sort of. But most of the world considers it a recreation, hobby, fun event. Not a competition. Cricket and rugby are played competitively by more people than badminton. In the USA I've never heard of competitive badminton.
To be inclusive, the Olympics have made a lot of activities into sports. Probably too many. I'd support going through the Olympic activities and weeding out the questionable ones. Many of the team events, basketball, soccer, baseball, volleyball, have more important champions each year. Womens beach volleyball is very enjoyable to watch. But I would boot the beach volleyball events out. People play horseshoes at the beach too. Why isn't horseshoes an Olympic event?
On Sunday, August 5, 2012 1:00:27 PM UTC-5, MJ wrote:
There are Olympic sports where the participants are really only
practicing, and they get metals for the best practice rounds.
Seriously do you really win if your opponent walks away also?
Fencing, archery, shooting??? ;~)
How about adding Olympic Bathing Suit competition and/or Olympic
Cheerleading competition. Those "events" seem to be an already
established big hit via Sports Illustrated and the general Armchair
Fan base, respectively.
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