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Why Are These Olympic Sports?

The Olympics. An international event that’s held every 4 years to celebrate the world’s most elite athletes. Or at least it was. For a while. Now it seems that any sport with even the slightest semblance of physical activity can be considered Olympic level. With all the info graphics and news going around, I couldn’t help but see some lists of the events held during the Summer Olympics. And I had one reaction: WHAT?! I can do some of these in my backyard! Okay, so maybe I personally couldn’t do these “sports” for lack of coordination, but they could be performed almost anywhere. So I had to share them. Without further ado, the top four sports that shouldn’t be in the Olympics. In my opinion, anyway.

Handball

From what I’ve read, this sport seems to be a weird mix of basketball and soccer. Players dribble, pass and throw the ball into a goal. But they can touch it with their bodies. And also have contact. Sure, it requires some level of skill, but so doesn’t soccer or basketball. Which are already in the Olympics. And I disagree with those being Olympic sports as well, but that’s another topic for another day.

So, why is this in the Olympics, but something like, say, lacrosse isn’t? Good question. One that I’m sure only Olympic officials can answer. And unfortunately they didn’t answer my Tweet.

Trampoline

This one really boggles my mind. I wanted a trampoline when I was little. If I had known I could make a living off of it and possibly go to the Olympics, I would have made sure I got one! Who was the guy whose vote got this one in? I’d like to meet him.

Now, I’m sure you’re saying, “This is like gymnastics!” It’s also something my 12 year old cousin can do. Flips and routines don’t take that much effort when you’re being catapulted into the air by another force. Just look at the kids who use the Jumpy Thing at the mall. Uneven bars and floor routines? That’s where the real skill comes in.

Table Tennis

Better known as – SURPRISE – ping pong. I’m pretty great at it on the Wii, not so much in real life. But does a game that is played in basements and backyard BBQs across America deserve to be an Olympic sport? Some may say yes. And to them I say no, good sir. Yes, you have to be quick on the draw. Sure, it takes skill to be good at it. But do you REALLY need sweat bands when you’re slamming a little plastic ball back and forth? Think about that for a minute and get back to me.

Curling

I know, I know. This is the summer Olympics, and curling is a winter sport. But I just had to get this one in here. Curling is basically throwing a donut shaped weight onto some ice and using a broom in front of it to sweep the ice, thus smoothing it, to make the weight go farther into the goal circle. It reminds me of bowling. Except there’s no pins. And no excitement.

Well, there you have it. Four of the most pointless Olympic sports I’ve heard of. I’m sure there’s plenty more that I can’t think of, and frankly making a list any longer would make my head hurt. But you can leave a comment if you know of any others. Enlighten me.

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