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Climbing = Olympic sport?

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Postby mconnell » Mon Dec 07, 2009 3:36 pm

I find watching climbing rather boring, especially sport climbing. I've never been able to watch a climbing comp for more than a couple of minutes.

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Postby DukeJH » Mon Dec 07, 2009 5:00 pm

Please say no. There have been many "fringe" sports tried, added to, and later removed from the olympics. Although the exposure to the sport of climbing may be beneficial, I think that sport climbing in a gym setting is something completely different from trad on natural rock and fear we would see an increase in the number of inexperienced climbers attempting the sport with little or no mentoring or training.
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Postby MoapaPk » Mon Dec 07, 2009 5:13 pm

I can see synchronized rhythmic climbing as an Olympic sport. I would also be partial to the biathaclimb, which combines the skills of climbing and shooting.
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Postby battledome » Mon Dec 07, 2009 6:18 pm

MoapaPk wrote:I would also be partial to the biathaclimb, which combines the skills of climbing and shooting.

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Postby MoapaPk » Mon Dec 07, 2009 6:35 pm

The bolt gun would be used for the shooting part.
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Postby etai101 » Mon Dec 07, 2009 7:39 pm

bouldering and dyno should be considerd its technichle after all and impressive to watch. maybe slack line qulifacations for first bid on a boulder route.
oh there is also simulclimbing.
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Postby BrunoM » Mon Dec 07, 2009 10:54 pm

Soloing over the swimming pool might be interesting :)
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Postby brianhughes » Tue Dec 08, 2009 5:54 am

Ernest Hemingway would be dismayed that none of the three true sports are Olympic events:

1 - Bullfighting

2 - Motor Racing

and of course ...


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Postby SpiderSavage » Tue Dec 08, 2009 6:08 am

Climbing is a fundamental human motion. It should have been in the Olympics decades...no...centuries ago.

Bruce Lee deserves an honorary gold medal for the Nunchuck Ping-Pong
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Postby Guyzo » Tue Dec 08, 2009 4:09 pm

Climbing and Shooting ..... that would work.

Speed climb up, blast some ranger targets for a good score, lowering your climbing time.

yes.... :wink:
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Postby ksolem » Tue Dec 15, 2009 11:49 pm

Aren't they called the "Olympic Games?"

Just sayin' ...
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Postby Sierra Ledge Rat » Wed Dec 16, 2009 5:47 am

The best athletes in the world are doing things like climbing 3 big walls a day, not throwing javelines or bouncing around on a mat or pushing big granite weights around on ice with brooms.

The hell with the Olympics, they would never understand...
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Postby dan2see » Wed Dec 16, 2009 3:39 pm

I think good climbing routes are too un-structured to fit into an Olympic-style regulated event.
And the climbing activity is too natural and personal to measure in hundredths of a second.

So you can recommend some kind of sport climbing for the Olympics, but...
- I won't work for the comptetition
- I won't watch the events
- I won't pay attention to who wins or whines.
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