Flying Fox wrote:Politics and marketing. Sports that command large TV audiences in countries where the networks have a lot of money to throw at the Olympics will tend to bubble to the top. Wrestling is a big deal in Mongolia but their TV network isn't going to have much influence on the IOC. The IOC is also very Euro-centric, so sports that aren't as popular there (like baseball and softball) will tend to get cut while others (like team handball) remain.What events get included, where to host the event, they are now more politics than anything else.
vargis14 wrote:Curling is a joke! you do not have to be physically fit at all...I though skill and fitness is what the olympics was all about, I am so mad................................Kicks dog...punches wife...wife punches back while great dane bites me Joke
vargis14 wrote:Curling is a joke!
Sargent Duck wrote:There are many jokes in the Olympics. Like...walking. Yes, Olympic walking.
Turkina wrote:There are indeed jokes - Olympic 20km / 50km racewalking however is not one of them. Yes, it looks ridiculous, but these are people that *walk* ~7 minute miles. For 12 or 31 miles.
Flying Fox wrote:You have no idea how hard the top curling teams train. Granted it may be less than some other sports, but curling has its physical demands. Plus you have to be dead accurate in the process. Those rocks are 44lbs each. Trying throwing them all day with power and precision. Or sweep the ice the whole day while maintaining balance on the ice.
Is anyone else kind of appalled that they're dropping wrestling while keeping stuff like dressage and wakeboarding? Am I being a stick in the mud?
vargis14 wrote:This is my opinion but bowling looks harder then curling. Its not like they have to bowl that 44lb rock they are sliding it on ice at a very slow speed a child could do with no problem...sure it may take skill but the only ones working are the sweepers and i am pretty sure they have special felt shoes so they do not slip.
Deanjo wrote:Probably making room to bring in MMA which would gather a lot more media attention and boost viewership.
vargis14 wrote:Both have their difficulties and demands. Does not mean that it is not a sport. Of course, whether it is Olympic sport is a different matter.This is my opinion but bowling looks harder then curling.
vargis14 wrote:Not 100mph as in baseball yes, but I would not call a big weight triple takeout shot "very slow". To move 3 other 44lbs rocks requires quite a bit of energy.Its not like they have to bowl that 44lb rock they are sliding it on ice at a very slow speed a child could do with no problem...
vargis14 wrote:In "classic" play, the 3 people other than the skip take turns sweeping, not just 2. And skill is important in almost any sport, not just power. Modern day curling tournaments you play round-robin in like a 10/12-team pool, with 2 games per day for the entire week. And then there is practice during the days and in between tournaments. Those at the elite level play lots of tournaments and the grind can be taxing. In the past you see curlers drinking and people playing with big bellies and such. Not anymore.sure it may take skill but the only ones working are the sweepers
vargis14 wrote:If both feet stick to the ice then you can't slide. They have one foot sliding and the other with grip. I remember the first time I stepped on a curling rink throwing my first stone, and I could not even get the balance right and just rolled over. Then you have to control the power of your shot (just blasting everything will not win you any games), to aim properly, account for the curls (bending), judge the ice conditions at the instant, think about strategy, (and then there is the screaming) etc. It is not easy.i am pretty sure they have special felt shoes so they do not slip.
tanker27 wrote:Deanjo wrote:Probably making room to bring in MMA which would gather a lot more media attention and boost viewership.
That would be cool. But MMA is too bloody at times.
lilbuddhaman wrote:tanker27 wrote:It would turn into Kumate, with a monstrous north korean "accidentally" breaking someone's neck.Deanjo wrote:That would be cool. But MMA is too bloody at times.Probably making room to bring in MMA which would gather a lot more media attention and boost viewership.
Captain Ned wrote:Living where I do and having CBC on the cable plan means I watch a lot of curling over the winter months.
cynan wrote:(which can get awkward if watching in the next room to people who aren't familiar with it: "Go hard! Hurry! Hurry! Hurry hard! HAARD!!" )
Captain Ned wrote:Or a lot of the female skips?cynan wrote:(which can get awkward if watching in the next room to people who aren't familiar with it: "Go hard! Hurry! Hurry! Hurry hard! HAARD!!" )
How else would you know the skip is Russ Howard?