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    If I wasn't convinced before...

    I am certainly convinced now.

    Anything involving a snow board, while sometimes mildly amusing, is not a legitimate sport and has as much right to be in the Olympics as curling, synchronized swimming and rhythmic gymnastics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redsky49 View Post
    I am certainly convinced now.

    Anything involving a snow board, while sometimes mildly amusing, is not a legitimate sport and has as much right to be in the Olympics as curling, synchronized swimming and rhythmic gymnastics.
    Definitely...only "athletic sports" such as ping pong should be allowed. The "sports" allowed in the Olympics are based on ratings, just like everything else that's put on television...has nothing to do with being a legitimate sport (whoever's definition were using for that - today.)
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    Snowboarding is of little interest to me. It does, however, appear to require a high level of fitness, athletic ability and training. I really think flat tracking should be added as an Olympic event.
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    I've been an avid skier for over 35 years, and although I don't consider myself an expert skier, I'm pretty good at it. I've even had the pleasure to ski with a couple of Olympic hopefuls over the years and managed to keep up with them during several run to the bottom races... Having said that, I've tried snowboarding a couple of times over the years, and I have to hand it to those folks that can do what they do on those boards. The last time I tried, I had a couple of new skiers with me, and we went up Peak 9 at Breckenridge in Colorado. My thinking was that since my wife was a new skier, that I would have plenty of time to snowboard down with them..... Bad idea.... After about 3 hours of falling on my behind every 30 or so feet of down hill, completely exhausted from all the effort to get back up, and suffering the humiliation from my wife and her friend, I ended up sitting on the board and riding it down the mountain like a snow sled with my feet sticking out in front of me to maintain control.... When I got to the bottom, I looked like a giant snowball from the snow being kicked up by my feet,and found everyone staring at me....
    So, I take my hat off to the snowboarders for their skill at balance and daring.....

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    dedication

    Doesn't make the slightest bit of difference what I think of snowboarding. These athletes are as dedicated as any other. I've heard that some folks disapprove of motorcycling. Somethings are better kept to ourselves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nordic Norm View Post
    Doesn't make the slightest bit of difference what I think of snowboarding. These athletes are as dedicated as any other. I've heard that some folks disapprove of motorcycling. Somethings are better kept to ourselves.
    Hmm. I think the right to express one's disdain for snowboarding is on parity with one's right to think it should be kept to ones' self.

    Personally, I think the snow boarders show more athletic talent than the sliders.

    All the sliders have to do is stay in the groove for the take off sprint, flop down on the thing without turning it over, and then stay flat on sled until they get to the bottom. If the stars are right and they don't unwittingly snag a toe and create drag they might get there 1/100ths of a second faster than the other guy and win.

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    [QUOTE=basketcase;924218]Hmm. I think the right to express one's disdain for snowboarding is on parity with one's right to think it should be kept to ones' self.

    Yes, voicing ones opinions is a cherished activity in the west. I don't feel that negates responsibility for consideration of ones speech in advance of spouting off. A big problem can occur in influencing others that are not up to speed on a topic, also it can negatively impact the subjects state of mind. Ever try to do something complex while distracted, and the more important the doing the easier the distraction.

    On the other hand, it sure would be boring if everyone kept to themselves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by akbeemer View Post
    Snowboarding is of little interest to me. It does, however, appear to require a high level of fitness, athletic ability and training. I really think flat tracking should be added as an Olympic event.

    Oh HELL NO!! ...on that last sentence. If that happens all the yuppies will start watching / attending and ticket prices will soar to the point that I won't be able to afford to go.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by redsky49 View Post
    I am certainly convinced now.

    Anything involving a snow board, while sometimes mildly amusing, is not a legitimate sport and has as much right to be in the Olympics as curling, synchronized swimming and rhythmic gymnastics.
    I personally agree with the John Madden Theory of Sports: It ain't a REAL sport if it requires judges or awards style points. (my paraphrase)
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    Quote Originally Posted by royce View Post
    I personally agree with the John Madden Theory of Sports: It ain't a REAL sport if it requires judges or awards style points. (my paraphrase)
    Got your drift, but every sport has judges, aka: refs, umps, marshals...boxing, baseball, basketball, football (field judge)...whatever. But yes, "or awards style points"...I agree there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Motodan View Post
    Definitely...only "athletic sports" such as ping pong should be allowed. The "sports" allowed in the Olympics are based on ratings, just like everything else that's put on television...has nothing to do with being a legitimate sport (whoever's definition were using for that - today.)
    Which is why freestyle wrestling was discontinued. Makes me wonder if HS and college athletics will continue to sponsor the sport since the olympics no longer have it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by royce View Post
    I personally agree with the John Madden Theory of Sports: It ain't a REAL sport if it requires judges or awards style points. (my paraphrase)
    Agreed! If physical ability or skill is the sole criteria, why not include bull riding, mountaineering and bowling?
    I think the original "faster, higher, stronger" description says it all.

    As to whether I can even state my opinion on this, really??? I mean, it's February, what else is there to do?
    Jeez... Tough room.

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    Canada-USA Woman in Hockey Thursday.

    Go Ladies! I obviously have a favorite in Canada but these ladies are doing more to bring sport to young woman, than say, snowboarding.
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    I'm dismayed about Olympic figure skating. They have found a way for skaters in all three events - free-style, pairs and dance - to compete four times. Short and long programs for individual medals but now they have a "team" competition. Same routines, as far as I can tell, but now they can collect two medals. And several years ago they did away with the "figures" part of figure skating which some found boring even though they demonstrated great skill on skates. Do you suppose TV programmers had anything to say about this? And in case you doubt that it's all about the money, have you noticed how many commercials NBC is stuffing in?

    On a related note, it looks like the Russians are going to pull this thing off! Aside from the American having to bust out through his bathroom door, all is well.

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    Interesting points about judges and such. Going back to basics, the original Olympics, they stopped all their wars, so everyone could compete. And every competition winner was based on an objective observable reality; time, distance. There wasn't any whining about judges, because there weren't any; just time keepers and measurers. It would seem good to me to go back to basics, the way they were, as then there is little doubt as to fairness (stopping all the killing for a couple weeks seems good too!)
    I think, though, the Jerry Springer Kim Kardashian taught TV generation actually enjoys the drama, innuendo, allegations, grumbling etc having judges brings. I makes for soap opera

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