I must confess this post was started during the London Olympics and consisted of the following two paragraphs (to make it easier for the not-so-bright-at-understanding-long-sentences-in-English I’ve put them (the two paragraphs) in italics.)
The first week of the Olympics brought with it the usual fare of unending gymnastics, synchronized water events mixed with swimming, some field sports and the odd pure races in boats and on cycles.
I think I’ll start a movement to include dance in the Olympics – think of the hours of TV time we could sell – with separate events for Latin, Ballroom, Modern, Hip-hop (singles, pairs and groups) and with team, pairs and individual medals. It would be an absolute bonanza for TV executives. Not too mention the manufacturers of medals. More jobs! Boost in economy via the ripple effect! Everyone’s a winner!
Any “sport” that is dependent on the judgement of a panel of judges whose scores require averaging / leveling or any mathematical manipulation is suspect. If there are any “artistic elements” involved you lost me. If there is any thing resembling a stuffed toy or a bouquet that is presented after the “performance”, yep! Not an Olympic sport!
Absolute scoring is the test of a true sport. You must run, swim, cycle, ski, snowboard faster, jump higher, shoot better.
So, get rid of boxing, wrestling, all gymnastics (rhythmic first!), trampolining (oh dear lord!), synchronised swimming, figure skating, ice dancing (kill me now!), any snowboarding / skiing events that include artistic elements. Oh – while at it, remove equestrian nonsense as well.
Move these to the Artistic Olympics, you can add dancing (see italicised paragraphs above). Even more money to be made with 3 sets of Olympics! More medals! More bouquets!