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08-19-2008 10:19 AM #16
Keep them all in, then add some more.
08-19-2008 12:33 PM #17
Keep them all.
The only thing I would do is list both the rider and the horse as the winner in equestrian, because the horse deserves credit as well. But if you don't think riding a horse and getting it to jump over a series of gates within a certain time frame is an athletic event, you don't know what the hell you're talking about.
08-19-2008 01:03 PM #18
I think it's kinda crazy to include or eliminate a sport because of the amount of athleticism involved. It's the Max Kellerman school of thought. Obviously there's a sliding scale of athleticism with different activities, but who decides where to draw the line and why does there need to be a line drawn in the first place.
We could take it to the extreme and eliminate everything but the decathlon.
Some sports should go away because there simply aren't enough players, so the Olympic competition becomes a farce. Softball is an obvious example.
08-19-2008 01:05 PM #19
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08-19-2008 01:19 PM #22
Not necessarily at the same time.
08-19-2008 01:47 PM #23
08-19-2008 02:28 PM #24
Yes, gymnastics has a very set scoring system. You "automatically" get a certain percentage deducted if you go to your knees on the vault dismount, for instance. However, if the judges "pretend" not to "see" your "knee" "touch" the ground, "oh well," right? ""
(note: read this out loud with air quotes)
08-19-2008 09:28 PM #25
Man you people have evicerated the pentathlon. What you don't want to test whether people would be good napoleonic soldiers?
Archery, at that level, is really hard. I don't really have a problem with the sports where a machine (Bow, Gun) is doing a lot of the work because the ability to use it effectively, at that level, is very difficult.
Archery does take some strategy too as each end (like an inning), especially in the team events, has several arrows that stay in the target. That means if you want the 8th or 9th shot in the end to hit the bullseye you have to be good enough to put all your arrows at the corners of the bullseye.
08-19-2008 10:20 PM #26
08-19-2008 10:43 PM #27
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08-19-2008 10:50 PM #29
Where's Foxy Boxing?
08-19-2008 11:28 PM #30
Honestly, We are all forgetting one sport: Golf
Ok Ok, here me out...
This is one sport that has truly become, and ALWAYS been an international sport. If you look at the WGC tournaments, the majors, Ryder Cups, Asian Tours, Austrailian and every other continent tours, this is a sport that represents all of the world.
If we are seriously considering shooting and archery, golf should be vaulted into the discussion.