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rabbit
28-08-2004, 08:04 PM
I know there are other threads about the Olympics, but i have a question open for discussion. In your view, are there any sports currently in the Olympics which should be dropped? Maybe its not really a sport, not enough participating countries, too commercial, not really skill etc etc.

Should any new sports be added into the Olympics etc? Any views???

Richard
28-08-2004, 08:27 PM
Synchronized swimming, that's boring shit.

And maybe Volleyball. Like golf, fun to play... can't stand to watch it.

What sport should be added: Fishing & Jousting.

frodo1511
28-08-2004, 08:42 PM
Well, I heard that next year may be the last time softball is in the olympics, which is either sucky/cool, depending if you like the sport or not.
Sport added: calvinball!

Sarah
28-08-2004, 08:54 PM
A sport to add : Tiddlywinks.
http://www.tiddlywinks.org/tournaments/images/2000_Teams/N20010804154216_100_adj.jpg

Its taken really seriously and apparently I am related to a tiddlywinking champion!

Narzys
28-08-2004, 10:08 PM
Its taken really seriously and apparently I am related to a tiddlywinking champion!

hahahahaha :D... very funny

Renegade
28-08-2004, 10:26 PM
And maybe Volleyball. Like golf, fun to play... can't stand to watch it.
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I like Volleyball, especially the indoor kind. Nothing like watching the ball pounded at others' faces. Intense action I say :P. Beach volleyball is cool but it's too easy to score.

Want boring? watch Sailing.

Narzys
28-08-2004, 10:38 PM
I think one of the powers of the Olympic Games are the so many sports there are. Everyone prefers one or two of them.

I don't like the horseback riding, but I know for some people is it more important then swiming (omg.. how is that possible?) :)

frodo1511
28-08-2004, 11:44 PM
I don't like the horseback riding, but I know for some people is it more important then swiming (omg.. how is that possible?) :)


I HATE horseback riding, especially watching it on tv, it's so boring. But it got me thinking, why are there no other olympic sports that feature animals? Alliagtor wrangling, Shark-swimming, and "chicken" would be awesome to see!

rabbit
28-08-2004, 11:57 PM
i guess for me, besides personal preferences, i'd go for dressage (horse event) and equestrian etc. i mean, the rider doesnt really do much except control a horse right. i dont think, for what the olympics are worth anyway, it should be continued.

So too with tennis. Altho i love tennis, we already have 4 grandslams and the davis cup amongst other little indoor competitiions etc. The Olympics is just another event where you see the same people play and is no different to the same match a month ago etc. Its there for when the players actually can be bothered going to and participating (its not really ranked that high by some big tennis players, as compared to the grandslams). Shooting is a bit boring and would prefer it not to be in the games either, yes its a skill thing, and obviously arguable, but why not leave the olympics to the real sports like athletics, weightlifting etc etc.

rhythmic gymnastics should go too and synchronised swimming..

lol....i know my understanding on certain sports can of course be questionable. but no harm in a debate lol.

Not for personal reasons like whether i like a sport or dont, but on the fact that the olympics is about strength etc isnt it and skill? I am aware that i dont know every sport and what preparations are needed i guess...i just hope people see where i'm coming from lol.

Maybe i shuld have termed the question as to, not the sports should be dropped form the olympics, but rather, what sports truly warrants to be in the olympics.

Kelsey
29-08-2004, 12:36 AM
The rider doesn't do much? Are you fucking serious? As a competitive Equestrienne, I completely take offense at that. Learning to work as a team with a horse is not only mentally challenging, it's very physically demanding. And the goal of the entire sport is to make it look like not much effort is involved, especially in dressage. It should look harmonious; like the two are reading each other's minds. When you can get a horse to switch leads every stride (challenging for horse and rider), then I will listen to your views on equestrian sports. When you can jump a horse over a six to seven foot or a completely solid cross country jump like a tree trunk, while staying on, switching from holding all of your wieght in your calves during the take off, completely holding all of your own weight in the air, and then switching your weight once again to your ankles when the horses front feet hit the ground, and then *again* to your lower back when his back feet hit the ground....then I'll take your views seriously. Please. Equestrian sports are one of the most challenging in the Olympics, because you can't just be a good rider to make it, you need to have that once in a lifetime horse and you need to be able to work together. It takes just as much body and mind control as any other sport, if not more.

I don't think any sport should be taken out of the Olympics. They're all their for a reason, and people dedicate their entire lives to excelling. The Olympics is where their dedication and love of the sport is rewarded.

ChocolateMoose
29-08-2004, 12:40 AM
Synchronised diving...lol!! Or, and this is a better bet I think...today I heard about this race where they walk the whole distance. How boring is that?!

Definatly think jousting should be added! :) Or archery. Do they already do that?!

ryan
29-08-2004, 01:18 AM
Synchronized swimming, that's boring shit.

And maybe Volleyball. Like golf, fun to play... can't stand to watch it.

What sport should be added: Fishing & Jousting.

womens olympic volleyball is the shit.
not only is it pretty fun to watch, those women have by far the best bodies of any professional athlete.

Jacoby
29-08-2004, 01:20 AM
I was watching ESPN a little while back and they showed a commercial that said "If this can be in the olympics *shows synchronized swimming* why not let poker be an olympic event?" Ha! Poker is mostly luck, and partly skill. If they allow poker into the olympics I'm going to shoot myself in the foot. It's like having a coin toss event in the olympics.

rabbit
29-08-2004, 01:41 AM
@ kelsey. firstly i did not intend to offend anyone.obciously with having used an example to something u deearly love, its easy to post back ranting. When i say not having done much, i didnt mean they were just putting their feet up etc letting the horse do everything. of course not. i meant in terms of physicality. obviously all sports requires skill. others requires more strenght, stamina etc. Dressage is totally diffeernt to say the marathon. for the sake of argument here, i'll say that dressage is purely 'skill' in that it requires communication with the horse, udnerstanding the horse etc. (maybe a little strength as in exercises so not to pull muscles on the riders leg, buttocks etc etc).

That, to be compared with athletics, weightlifting etc. I mean, if dressage is mostly skill as u said, its complicated and i do not refute that. So then, why not allow chess to become a 'sport' in the olympics then? It is a skill, requires a lot of mentality, need to think ahead of the opponent, mathetical forumlas etc, maybe the odd excercise to relax or whatever.

I'm not taking the piss out of dressage or any other horseriding event. nor on any other sports here ok. I was thinking general terms. Of course we cant all agree on the subject in question. so too with say shooting clay pigeons (no offence to shooting fans). no one can say get rid of this sport or that sport, its all subjective.

ok, so i'm arguing about skills and strengths etc, and of course all sports have skill involved. But with it being the olympics, i'll continue to watch it mostly for the strength sports (shame most of its being drowned by drug users etc tho). that is not to say i cannot appreciate skilled mostly sport however such as dressage for example. I have watched it amongst other horse type sports and enjoyed it.

Richard
29-08-2004, 01:42 AM
Synchronised diving...lol!! Or, and this is a better bet I think...today I heard about this race where they walk the whole distance. How boring is that?!

Definatly think jousting should be added! :) Or archery. Do they already do that?!

Yes, Archery is in fact already part of the Olympics.

womens olympic volleyball is the shit.
not only is it pretty fun to watch, those women have by far the best bodies of any professional athlete.

I only caught the men's volleyball, that's why I put it down. Forgot about the women's...

deviljet88
29-08-2004, 01:52 AM
It's about human skill, not because it interests you. Though walking doesn't seem very hard... I mean people can run that far, why would you need to walk that far...

slimgopey
29-08-2004, 07:45 AM
trampoline.. although Canada did win a medal in it..

and volleyball is the shiz, that stuff is pretty exciting to watch.

deviljet88
29-08-2004, 10:45 AM
Trampoline is awesome! I mean yeah, its a garden activity, but still its awesome seeing people jumping up and down doing twists and turns. And its funny when people miss the trampoline and flop onto the mat.

JayBe
29-08-2004, 11:29 AM
yeah, trampoline is pretty nice. i think there is no real "sport" that should be dropped. some of them are really boring, yes, but olympia is not only the fun factor you can get watching, it's the affirmation for the hard work of the athletes, which lifes only consist of their sports...one should respect that, and that's why some boring sports are also part of the olmpics.

greetings
jaybe

Liam
29-08-2004, 12:47 PM
Rabbit. You have no idea...you pissed off the wrong person :)

They should add cricket. Would be awesome to laugh at the English team on that sort of world stage.

mad_alfred
29-08-2004, 12:51 PM
Briscola;)

PhoeniX
29-08-2004, 02:13 PM
They should add cricket. Would be awesome to laugh at the English team on that sort of world stage.

They're thinking of doing 20/20 for 2012.

deviljet88
29-08-2004, 02:26 PM
We don't need to see the Poms being embarrassed more :P Or it might do them some good to be a bit more humble...

Liam
29-08-2004, 02:33 PM
They're thinking of doing 20/20 for 2012.

Fucking win. The olympics only needs wet t-shirt competitions with Gracie taking gold for the USA to be better. Roll on 2012.

Narzys
29-08-2004, 03:59 PM
yeah, trampoline is pretty nice. i think there is no real "sport" that should be dropped. some of them are really boring, yes, but olympia is not only the fun factor you can get watching, it's the affirmation for the hard work of the athletes, which lifes only consist of their sports...one should respect that, and that's why some boring sports are also part of the olmpics.

greetings
jaybe

Exactly :icon_beer

Sarah
29-08-2004, 04:58 PM
We don't need to see the Poms being embarrassed more :P Or it might do them some good to be a bit more humble...

I am insulted by the use of the word POM.

ChocolateMoose
29-08-2004, 10:38 PM
We don't need to see the Poms being embarrassed more :P Or it might do them some good to be a bit more humble...

Excuse me?! Whats with the 'pom'? Not very nice.

Nick
30-08-2004, 06:45 AM
I definitely agree that jousting should be added, infact I think they should have an entire medieval tournament in the olympics that would include jousting, broadsword fighting, archery (although they already have that), and what ever other medieval games they can think of. Of course when I say they should add jousting I'm not talking about that pansy reenactment stuff where they use hollowed out lances or lances that have been sawed, I'm talking about real solid lances that you could do serious damage with like the real knights of the middle ages would have used.

As for what games they should drop, I think baseball and softball definitely should go. I know it's shocking to hear an American say that, but baseball and softball are so boring we don't need to subject the other countries of the world to that torture.

Kelsey
30-08-2004, 10:45 PM
Why do so many people want to add jousting, but drop Equestrian sports? That's pointless....you need a horse for both.

CFC
31-08-2004, 12:05 AM
Synchronized swimming, that's boring shit.

And maybe Volleyball. Like golf, fun to play... can't stand to watch it.

What sport should be added: Fishing & Jousting.

I disagree. Womens beach volleyball might be the greatest sport at the sumer Olympics. Next to football/soccer.

Richard
31-08-2004, 01:08 AM
I disagree. Womens beach volleyball might be the greatest sport at the sumer Olympics. Next to football/soccer.

Of course you would, I seem to be in the minority with the whole Volleyball remark. I only caught the men's, that's why I put it down. Forgot about the women...

aznkkfan
05-09-2004, 12:13 AM
i like volleyball, especially indoor volleyball. it's fun when they spike it down and everyone on the other team gets all mad. i'd say drop shincronizes swimming. terrible stuff

Jasper
05-09-2004, 12:38 AM
The main sport that needs to be dropped from the olympics is a winter 'Sport'. And that is curling. If you have ever watching curling before... I'm sure that you will agree with me. It is the most boring thing to watch...

Jacoby
05-09-2004, 12:44 AM
The main sport that needs to be dropped from the olympics is a winter 'Sport'. And that is curling. If you have ever watching curling before... I'm sure that you will agree with me. It is the most boring thing to watch...

I like watching curling. My friend and I were going to join a league.

Jasper
05-09-2004, 12:45 AM
I like watching curling. My friend and I were going to join a league.

You should be stoned.

Jacoby
05-09-2004, 12:53 AM
You should be stoned.

Why? Is curling more fun when you're stoned?

frodo1511
05-09-2004, 01:21 AM
Personally, I enjoy curling. I find it intriguing how somebody know's EXACTLEY how far to "throw" the "stone" and the curlers themselves know how hard and fast they need to sweep the ice to cause enough friction to keep the stone rolling.

apoggy
05-09-2004, 01:33 AM
Do none of you Brits remember that millions of us (me included) stayed up till the early hours to watch the womens curling last time round? It may be seen as a boring sport but it does involve skill and tactics, the ingredients of a half decent sport.

frodo1511
05-09-2004, 01:40 AM
Yes, that's what I was getting at, apoggy. The sport takes balls, brains, and a bit of luck. That's why I love golf so much, you need to practice at it, you aren't born with the gift.

Jasper
05-09-2004, 01:46 AM
Yes, that's what I was getting at, apoggy. The sport takes balls, brains, and a bit of luck. That's why I love golf so much, you need to practice at it, you aren't born with the gift.

You have to work at being good at any sport... You aren't born with a gift for any sport.

Some sports are just really boring to watch. Golf for instance... I love to play golf, but watching it is like watching grass grow...

frodo1511
05-09-2004, 01:50 AM
You have to work at being good at any sport... You aren't born with a gift for any sport.

Bullshit, some people are born with a good arm(baseball) or a good leg(soccer). Some sports, like golf and curling, take practice and time, while some sports have what we like to call "gifted" players, people able to play because they have a good kick or throw, WITHOUT practicing.

Jasper
05-09-2004, 01:57 AM
Bullshit, some people are born with a good arm(baseball) or a good leg(soccer). Some sports, like golf and curling, take practice and time, while some sports have what we like to call "gifted" players, people able to play because they have a good kick or throw, WITHOUT practicing.

Um, people arent born with the ability to throw a baseball 100 mph with dead accuracy. Or shoot a jumpshot from 30 feet away. EVERY sport takes practice.

Edit: wOOt, I'm no longer a newcomer... bwahahahahaha.

frodo1511
05-09-2004, 02:03 AM
Half the people get recognized because they throw ONE BALL, the FIRST BALL they have ever kicked/thrown/shot. Look at Randy Moss, or LeBron James. Both were recognized because they got lucky, and now look at what they have become?


Ok, I'm done posting off-topic. I think all sports are equal enough in some way to be in the olympics. Plain and simple.