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Questions that I have about the Olympics.

February 19, 2010

Why does ski jumping need judges?  Shouldn’t the person who jumps the farthest win?

Who invented the two man luge?  And how much alcohol was involved?  “Hey.  Let’s see how fast we can go together!  You lie down on top of me!”

How is sledding an Olympic sport but women’s ski jumping is not?

Wouldn’t it be interesting to see today’s competitors compete using the equipment from 20 or  more years ago?  How fast would the speed skaters be without the clap skate and super tight, high tech suits?  We watched a Canadian Olympic official (or maybe a trainer?) being interviewed on CTV yesterday about the difference between performance enhancing drugs and performance enhancing equipment.  He completely evaded the question repeatedly.  Do you know why?  Because there really is no difference.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 19, 2010 5:58 pm

    My question is: Why is any sport that is individually judged in the Olympics? Figure Skating, Half Pipe, Freestyle “anything”, I’m looking at you! If you can’t win by the fastest time, the most rocks in the house, or pucks in the net, you are not good enough for the Olympics. Something that is left up to subjective analysis, should not be given any medal.

    I think performance enhancing equipment is just a change in technology. I would say that performance enhancing drugs changes you as a person, while different skates or high tech suits do not. It’s the same as thinking old time NHL’ers could go up against current day. Hell even look at the differences in football equipment!

  2. Fritz permalink
    February 19, 2010 8:08 pm

    The original olympics were based on those qualities used in war. Who could run the fastest, farthest, lift the most weight, or throw a spear or shotput the furthest. During the summer, shooting comes into play. I can see value in most all of the sports, but many today have me scratching my head. Figure skating, curling, vollyball, the half pipe? There should be 2 olympics….1 for traditional and one for the silly add-on’s that have been pushed onto the world stage.

  3. crazybengal permalink*
    February 20, 2010 8:50 am

    I HATE the olympics.

  4. Michele permalink*
    February 20, 2010 1:02 pm

    I hate the spectacle around the Olympics and I am absolutely disgusted that governments spend our tax dollars to fund the Olympics but I do like to actually watch the events.

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