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Motorsports In The Olympics?

The story linked makes some good points for and against having motorsports in the Olympics. Personally I’d much rather see Travis Pastrana, Nicky Hayden, and Little E tearing around a track looking for Olympic gold instead of some of the events he have now (synchronized swimming? please).

Thoughts?

I can accept bikes (road, track, bmx) at the Olympics. No horses, cars or motorcycles please.

I’m also not sure I understand why there’s boats at the games, but since we won gold in the 49’er I’m guessing I’m pretty biased.

Also ban synchronized swimming. I mean everywhere. Not just the olympics. And force all TV stations to show more than 6 seconds of weightlifting.

I think 80% of the events should be removed from the Olympics. Then, perhaps I would give a shit.

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[quote]tjr-dk wrote:
I can accept bikes (road, track, bmx) at the Olympics. No horses, cars or motorcycles please.

I’m also not sure I understand why there’s boats at the games, but since we won gold in the 49’er I’m guessing I’m pretty biased.

Also ban synchronized swimming. I mean everywhere. Not just the olympics. And force all TV stations to show more than 6 seconds of weightlifting. [/quote]

I was wondering the same thing about the horses. How much of it is the horse’s ability and not the rider’s?

And if they are going to TELEVISE things like synchronized diving and table tennis, why can’t they put something like sevens rugby in?

or topless beach volleyball.

[quote]tmoney1 wrote:
I think it’s a great idea. BMX was added, so why not motorsports.

But then again, motorsports get their chance to shine every year in the X Games, and in Olympic years, they could compete twice.[/quote]

I don’t really see a problem with that though.

[quote]AlteredState wrote:
Motorsports in the olympics? Hell no. It would be about the machinery more than the ‘athlete’ driving it IMO.

Any event where you cannot standardise the equipment should not be an olympic event IMO.

So that rules out cycling, boating, shooting, etc. too.[/quote]

My thoughts exactly, just like Formula 1, the drivers (albeit highly skilled) are really highly compensated and easily replaceable employees.

They have little/no influence on the outcome of the race…

powerlifting first…

[quote]pachell wrote:
AlteredState wrote:
Motorsports in the olympics? Hell no. It would be about the machinery more than the ‘athlete’ driving it IMO.

Any event where you cannot standardise the equipment should not be an olympic event IMO.

So that rules out cycling, boating, shooting, etc. too.

My thoughts exactly, just like Formula 1, the drivers (albeit highly skilled) are really highly compensated and easily replaceable employees.

They have little/no influence on the outcome of the race…[/quote]

That’s a bit of an overstatement.

^^^^ overstatement, yes, but Massa, Raikkonen, or Hamilton wouldn’t stand a chance in a Force India car…

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But sand in their nooners?? You sadist!

Please, add rally racing before you add any sort of motor sport.

WRC is the shit.

I just saw Bob Costas on the reruns

“coming up next BMX…an event about which I will candidly tell you I know nothing! But it’s exciting.”

I lol’ed. At least he admits ignorance.

But yeah, no motorsports. I want my athletes to do something physically demanding.

[quote]Stuntman Mike wrote:
And if they are going to TELEVISE things like synchronized diving and table tennis, why can’t they put something like sevens rugby in?
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I think 7s would be awesome. I play regular Union, but havent seen a 7s match, but the impression I have of it, is that it is more crowd friendly: Faster pace, simpler rules/gameplay.

[quote]pushharder wrote:
Let’s face it, bottomless beach volleyball would be more practical.[/quote]

I’d like to see full intercourse volleyball…you’ve have 6 women getting banged in various positions on both sides of the net…they’d have to manage to play volleyball while getting banged…think of the possibilities…the camera angles…the need for training partners…the difficulty the announcers would have in describling the action…“Well Bob…little Nancy Chaputke returned that serve extremely well considering she’s got a nine inch cock up her ass…doggy style to boot…talk about overcoming adversity…”

[quote]tjr-dk wrote:
Stuntman Mike wrote:
And if they are going to TELEVISE things like synchronized diving and table tennis, why can’t they put something like sevens rugby in?

I think 7s would be awesome. I play regular Union, but havent seen a 7s match, but the impression I have of it, is that it is more crowd friendly: Faster pace, simpler rules/gameplay.

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7’s would be perfect for the Olympics.

USA defending gold medalists for 15’s!

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[quote]Aragorn wrote:

But yeah, no motorsports. I want my athletes to do something physically demanding.[/quote]

It’s extremely demanding: http://www.formula1.com/news/features/2008/7/8158.html

[quote]pachell wrote:
It’s extremely demanding: http://www.formula1.com/news/features/2008/7/8158.html[/quote]

Not as demanding as full-intercouse volleyball… http://www.fuckmysetwithyourspike
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xxxgames/2008/181/6969.html

[quote]pushharder wrote:
Aragorn wrote:

…But yeah, no motorsports. I want my athletes to do something physically demanding.

You haven’t been on a dirtbike lately, have you?

I’ve never had a weight training session in the gym that would equal some of the times I’ve lifted my motorcycle over wet logs at chest height at 8,000 ft. above sea level in the mud and snow while straining to extract every last oxygen molecule in the atmosphere into my lungs.

In other words, the motorsports I have participated in have been far more physically demanding than what you might expect.

Oh, by the way, come to Montana this winter and I’ll put you on a snowmobile in the mountains in seven feet of fresh powder and then you’ll come back and edit your post here. I promise.[/quote]

It’s true. I’ve never ridden either a dirtbike or a snowmobile, though I’ve always wanted to. My only bikes are cruisers… I should have been more clear in any case–dirtbike/motocross hadn’t entered my mind.

I was thinking about NASCAR etc. I’m pretty sure the whole body has to work substantially in motocross/supercross events, although pachell’s link has forced me to rethink that as well.

I may have to take you up on that offer though. I’ve wanted to get to Montana for years now and do some climbing and hiking.

Back to the drawing board I guess…