Sunday, July 29, 2012

Let’s Put More Spark in that Olympic Flame!


(Authors note:  The following article is strictly for entertainment purposes.  I wish every athlete a safe and enjoyable Olympic experience.)  GW-T

Every four years we watch the same thing over and over again.  Winter or summer, these sports are predictable and frankly, dull.  My interest is growing thinner than a runway model.  I propose to fix them up and pretty much eliminate the need for judges. In most events, the last man standing would win!  I bet the ratings would soar and it would draw more folks than a donut stand at a “Biggest Loser” casting call!

Here are a some of my tamer suggestions:
Biathlon: Wouldn’t it be more interesting if instead of stopping and shooting at targets, they shot paint balls at each other?  The one who comes out clean wins!

Curling:  Just about anything would make this sport more exciting, but why not toss on some dirt/trash on the ice for them to actually sweep up?  Mark and Audra suggested summer curling—you had to be done before the ice melts.  This might speed up the competition, which it badly needs.  It's like watching paint dry.

Speed Skating:  Go fast, turn left.  Ho-hum.  Do you remember Roller Derby?  Let them fight it out!  Can we add hurdles or an obstacle course?

Bobsled/Luge:  Those folks are always complaining they can’t see.  Send them down headfirst!  Why not race several at a time like those slides where you sit on the burlap bag?

Ski/Snowboard Jumping:  Give them something to jump over like Evil Knievel—a few buses perhaps?

Beach Volleyball:  I still don't see it as an Olympic sport, but maybe if they played in a pit of Jell-o...

Since the horses don’t win anything and they do all the work, why not just make the riders run the course in the Three Day Eventing?

Watching folks run in circles for hours isn’t great television, so why not have them run on a motocross track or in some kind of maze?  If they have to carry a baton for the Relay races, why not have them twirl it?

Why do they still call it Figure Skating?  That part of the competition is so boring they don't even show it.  By the time they hit that level, they darn well had better be able to skate a figure "8."  However, I would be interested in watching them skate a figure "1,293,742."

Swimmers might set more world records if they were swimming in ice water.

We would all watch Water Polo if they rode horses …they're just hanging around munching hay anyway since I freed them up from Three Day Eventing.

I am sure that nothing will change, but I do feel better throwing my two cents in.  Please comment with any suggestions you have to improve the Olympic Games.  I'd love to hear them!

Enjoy the games!

Gale

FYI: (Taken from zanecky.com)

What do the Olympic rings signify?

According to most accounts, the rings were adopted by Baron Pierre de Coubertin (founder of the modern Olympic Movement) in 1913 after he saw a similar design on an artifact from ancient Greece.  The five rings represent the five major regions of the world: Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania. Every national flag in the world includes at least one of the five colors, which are (from left to right) blue, yellow, black, green, and red.  It is important to emphasize that Pierre de Coubertin never said nor wrote that the colors of the rings were linked with the different continents
The Olympic Flag made its debut at the 1920 Olympic Games in Antwerp, Belgium. At the end of each Olympic Games, the mayor of that host-city presents the flag to the mayor of the next host-city. It then rests at the town hall of the next host-city for four years until the Opening Ceremony of their Olympic Games.

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