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Most challenging olympic event?
Posted by: Wags
Date: August 18, 2008 12:25PM
Which event do you think is the most demanding in terms of athleticism, commitment to training, and best represents the Olympic spirit? My pick:

Horse jumping! What could be more athletically demanding and representative of the Olympic spirit than middle age rich folks riding quarter-million dollar horses over fake fences?

Seriously, I think basketball should be right up there. Its got it all: endurance, fine motor skill, teamwork, plus the sport is accessible (OK, I'm short so that is kind of a built-in disadvantage, unless you're Spud Webb ). I suppose if you consider the ancient Olympics you would have to choose something that was an individual event, like the pentathlon. Discuss amongst yourselves.
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Re: Most challenging olympic event?
Posted by: bazookaman
Date: August 18, 2008 12:31PM
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Wags
Horse jumping! What could be more athletically demanding and representative of the Olympic spirit than middle age rich folks riding quarter-million dollar horses over fake fences?

That sounds kind of like sailing.




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Re: Most challenging olympic event?
Posted by: mattkime
Date: August 18, 2008 12:39PM
>>Which event do you think is the most demanding in terms of athleticism, commitment to training, and best represents the Olympic spirit?

Watching it.



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Re: Most challenging olympic event?
Posted by: billb
Date: August 18, 2008 12:48PM
The Olympics just haven't been the same since they eliminated the chariot races.
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Re: Most challenging olympic event?
Posted by: john dough
Date: August 18, 2008 01:00PM
Easy... the Centathlon

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Re: Most challenging olympic event?
Posted by: Wags
Date: August 18, 2008 01:02PM
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john dough
Easy... the Centathlon

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LOL

I especially like projectile spitting and checkers
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Re: Most challenging olympic event?
Posted by: john dough
Date: August 18, 2008 01:09PM
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Wags
LOL

I especially like projectile spitting and checkers

Not just checkers ... MURDER checkers!



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Re: Most challenging olympic event?
Posted by: testcase
Date: August 18, 2008 01:48PM
billb is right!
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Re: Most challenging olympic event?
Posted by: kahuna1342
Date: August 18, 2008 02:25PM
Video removed from YouTube. Found it again here though..

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Re: Most challenging olympic event?
Posted by: artie67
Date: August 18, 2008 03:22PM
Syncronized drug testing and water boarding
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Re: Most challenging olympic event?
Posted by: Wags
Date: August 18, 2008 03:37PM
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Syncronized drug testing and water boarding

Too funny!! Needs to go here:[forums.macresource.com]
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Re: Most challenging olympic event?
Posted by: davester
Date: August 18, 2008 04:22PM
Talking seriously, I don't think it's really a valid question. Any sport where you're competing at the world level requires that you push the envelope of human abilities.



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Re: Most challenging olympic event?
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: August 18, 2008 07:03PM
What davestar said but looking at pure conditioning, I would argue Water Polo.

Tread water endlessly and get mauled constantly



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Re: Most challenging olympic event?
Posted by: bazookaman
Date: August 19, 2008 08:59AM
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davester
Talking seriously, I don't think it's really a valid question. Any sport where you're competing at the world level requires that you push the envelope of human abilities.

How do the equestrian events push the envelope of human abilities?




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Re: Most challenging olympic event?
Posted by: Blankity Blank
Date: August 19, 2008 09:35AM
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Wags
Which event do you think is the most demanding in terms of athleticism, commitment to training, and best represents the Olympic spirit?
No one sport is at the pinnacle of all those things.

Athleticism? Does basketball demand more "athleticism" than gymnastics or soccer or water polo?

Commitment to to training? Um, which event is it again where you can slack off and still compete on an Olympic level?

And as for the "Olympic spirit", what is that exactly? IF you define it as open to all with as few boundaries as possible, I guess you could say the marathon. All you need for that is the ability to run, a stretch of land and the willingness to train to your fullest potential. Heck I guess you don't even need that much land, you could just run up and down the block a few thousand times.
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