I was watching the snowboarding tonight and i just couldn’t help feeling that it just isn’t right. This should not be a sport in the Olympics. I’m not saying it shouldn’t be a sport, at least not right now, i’m just saying don’t put it in the Olympics. Anyway ,here are my main complaints:
- Hasn’t been popular long enough. In almost all the other sports in the Olympics, they’ve been around for decades. They’ve ironed out all the rules, they’ve tailored the games to be the most exciting and competitive, and they’ve established some tradition and records. The 100 yard dash has always been 100 yards. They didn’t start with 90 then go to 120 and then settle for 100. It’s been this way for a long time. Snowboarding is so new, it is in the larva stage of production. It’s like the inside of a tomato – it just isn’t quite developed yet. Wait a couple more X-Games, wait for it to be understood by some more folks – then if it is really played across the world, you can bring it in. There aren’t even world-record holders yet, are there?
- Too popular. To me, the Winter Olympics is all about letting the folks who have really put their sport above sex shine. You look at the speed-skater, the nordic skier, the bobsledder or the luger and you see a guy who, for the first time in 4 years, is being noticed. I can feel them thinking to themselves “I’m finally here in the Olympic Village – my one chance to get some ass.” And i say let them get ass – let the entire world watch them – let us applaud their dedication and devotion to being the best in the world. This ins’t the case for the snowboarders. They are already the cool kids. They already have groupies – this event does not make or break them, and you can tell. There isn’t the same passion, the same level of excitement or dispair. Maybe this is because the X-games is on every year so this is just a side-show that that. Maybe they should only allow X-Game winners to participate in the Olympics – that’d make it more prestigious wouldn’t it and provide a good feeder system. It runs the risk of being like tennis or soccer where you already have Wimbleton and the World Cup so Olympics is pointless. It just seems like it doesn’t fit in yet.
- Too American. America dominates snowboarding. I see snowboarding’s addition an Olympic sport as a shameless attempt for the Olympic committee to try to get more marketing dollars from the US. One of the good things about the Olympics is that it is a global affair. These are sports that all countries play. Why introduce one that is mostly done by Americans? That just doesn’t seem fair.
- Too fun. All other sports seem grueling and painful and tough. There’s not another sport i can think of in any Olympic Games that people would want to get up off the couch and do in their free time (with the exception of beach volleyball – and i have the same complaint there). Snowboarding on a half-pipe is just too fun – it can’t be a sport. It’s like wakeboarding, water skiing, or tubing on a lake. That’s a blast and some people can do some amazing things, but that doesn’t mean it should be a sport in the Olympics, does it? Check out Shawn White’s post victory interview – is he even taking this seriously?
- Drugs. I’m sure they’re not all stoners, but they’re not doing a good job of shedding that stereotype. Especially when even the announcers are saying things (and i seriously heard this), “I bet she’s pretty stoked she landed that one.” Come on.
- Judges. I hate it when a sport has to be defined by other people giving scores. It sucks during the slam dunk competition and it sucks here. I want to know, and i want the competitor to know, immediately whether they’re in first or last place. I fully back downhill races and/or any race because you have a clear winner and you are the fastest. In snowboarding competition – a winner is what, the best jumper? trickster? i just don’t buy it.
It makes you wonder why skateboarding isn’t an Olympic sport. It’s been around longer, has just as many people do it, and is just as dangerous. Oh well, that’s my rant for the night.
But, before i go. Toby brought up a completely random good point tonight – we never see a zamboni while watching speed skating. But yet the ice is always incredibly smooth which means that they must zamboni between every race. Those things can take a long time. Can you imagine how boring that is?!