First off, I think the Olympics should promote and reward athletic ability. Not that that's the only thing - teamwork, skill, timing etc are involved too - but I think it ought to be an essential part of any event that is given medals.
The first medals won this Olympics were for the 10 metres women's air rifle. Now, I'm sure they're all very skilled and someone like me would make a fool of myself if I just turned up and had a go, but I just don't think that sort of thing should be at the Olympics. If you watch the video, they just stand there, no need to even walk around. I'd argue the same against archery and that horse crufts/ballet thing (heck, even normal horse riding has the horse being the main athlete).
The reason I say the Olympics should promote and reward athletic ability is because it's supposed to 'inspire a generation'. Now, I ask you, would you rather encourage kids to aspire to run the fastest, jump the highest/furthest and be the strongest, or get good at standing and shooting? Do you want kids to be active, or sedantry?
Finally, are there any events I've missed?
Edit: bear in mind the Olympic motto is "Faster, Higher, Stronger", and also note that I haven't said anywhere that these events require little or no skill.
Last edited by Hopple; 29-07-2012 at 02:14.
They have athletic ability though, which is what I think the Olympics should encourage. And there is skill to running properly, if Michael Johnson is to be beleived, going on about shin angles and all that.
(Original post by RtGOAT)
This maybe controversial but 100m is overrated, all they do is run as fast as they can. No skill or talent involved.
What's the difference between archery and gun shooting? Archery needs some physical strength I guess, but nothing amazing.
(Original post by ROYP)
Yeah shooting's a crock of ****. Everyone knows it though; that's why they get it the **** out of the way before the real events begin.
I haven't heard about/seen the horse thing so can't comment there (though it sounds terrible), but I have no problem with archery
Last edited by Hopple; 28-07-2012 at 14:36.