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Post by peteypablo » Thu Aug 14, 2008 6:10 pm

So found out that whitewater kayaking is an olympic sport, why not climbing? wondering everyones views/opinions. heres some of my views,
this sport is participated by thousands around the world. every country has climbers this might be what every climber is against because climbing is all about ourselves and fuck everyone else, but really think about how much this sport or lifestyle dominates peoples lives. I think it would be a great addition to the olympics and besides iam tired of watching swimming, the only negative would be watching people climb plastic, if this topic has been discussed tough shit

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Post by Andrew » Thu Aug 14, 2008 6:30 pm

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Post by bcombs » Thu Aug 14, 2008 7:11 pm

I have a headache..

But I must say, Phelps reminds me of you, Andrew. Ridiculous height, ridiculous reach, he's a freak for sure.

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Post by Shamis » Thu Aug 14, 2008 7:17 pm

There are all many too many crappy sports in the olympics.

For the record, I think swimming is dumb. Why don't they have forwards, backwards, and sideways running? Because it would be stupid...just like swimming.

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Post by Wes » Thu Aug 14, 2008 7:35 pm

While there might be some *dumb* sports, you have to respect the work it takes to get there. Seriously. The ave. olympic athlete makes even the higher end climbers look like lazy ass couch potatoes. And the really good ones? Just amazing to watch. I have spent a bit of time over the last couple years photographing collage gymnastics, and the difference between even really good collage gymnasts and the ones on the olympics is just amazing. The olympians just have soooo much more power and precision.

And, as a side note, I never understood why climbers have so much animosity toward more traditional sports and athletes. I maybe even was that way for a while, but not so much anymore. I have a lot of respect for the work they put in.
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Post by Yasmeen » Thu Aug 14, 2008 8:13 pm

I think Kris has made a good point about this many times-- it's boring to watch good climbers after awhile, since they make everything look like 5.9. I have a better time watching gymnastics and even swimming (I can't lie-- I've been excited every time Phelps has won, even though it's a given) because I don't experience those all the time. Watching someone I don't really know do something I do all the time just doesn't get me all that psyched. The exception is watching climbing DVDs in Ray and Michelle's gym.
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Post by Myke Dronez » Thu Aug 14, 2008 9:21 pm

Is climbing a sport?
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Post by poser » Thu Aug 14, 2008 9:34 pm

Myke Dronez wrote:Is climbing a sport?
No...climbing is an <i>addiction</i>.
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Post by poser » Thu Aug 14, 2008 9:39 pm

*grin*
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Post by kek-san » Fri Aug 15, 2008 4:21 am

Wes wrote:The ave. olympic athlete makes even the higher end climbers look like lazy ass couch potatoes. And the really good ones? Just amazing to watch.
Really? Softball players? Kayakers? Curlers? While I won't argue that some of the athletes are amazing to watch. And many are in truly amazing shape. Gymnasts, weight lifters, track and field, swimmers, etc. are truly excellent examples of what is possible with enough training and desire. But, elite climbers, not the local talent, are also in amazing shape. Some of the Olympic venues definitively require skill, but not necessarily exemplary physicality (volleyball, table tennis). While no one should argue that elite climbing requires both extreme physicality as well as skill.

My guess is that, like Yasi said, climbing is a "sport" that is difficult to make exciting to watch unless you are either directly involved or have done it before. In addition, the most exciting to watch for climbers is probably sick bouldering, the average Joe wouldn't "get it" at all. I guess there just isn't enough drama for our entertain me now society.

But, then again, I could just be spouting crap, as usual.
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Post by krampus » Fri Aug 15, 2008 4:42 am

Personally I climb for myself. I chase the numbers because I want to see what I can do, if you are looking at what I can do then so be it. If your impressed, then even better (I am guilty of having pride). I have no desire to compete with anyone else, unless it is for the sole purpose of gaining a little temporary drive. But in the end, I did not fail because I was not as good as you are, I only fail when did not give it my best.
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Post by kirker » Fri Aug 15, 2008 4:48 am

Yasmeen wrote:I think Kris has made a good point about this many times-- it's boring to watch good climbers after awhile, since they make everything look like 5.9. I have a better time watching gymnastics and even swimming (I can't lie-- I've been excited every time Phelps has won, even though it's a given) because I don't experience those all the time. Watching someone I don't really know do something I do all the time just doesn't get me all that psyched. The exception is watching climbing DVDs in Ray and Michelle's gym.
Sure you like to watch him win. Thats what the wife keeps telling me everytime she rewinds the DVR. :P

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Post by Meadows » Fri Aug 15, 2008 5:01 am

kek-san wrote: definitively require skill, but not necessarily exemplary physicality (volleyball, table tennis).
Although Kate Walsh is nearly as tall as Andrew, she still has some spring loaded legs and some punch in her arms. That takes some physicality (whatever that means), or rather intense training to reach Olympic-caliber status.

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Post by truello » Fri Aug 15, 2008 5:06 am

I saw badminton on the other day and thought this same thing. Not that I care if climbing becomes an olympic sport or not, but... badminton?

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Post by rhunt » Fri Aug 15, 2008 5:11 am

Sport Climbing is Neither...
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