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If I were to compete in an Olympic event, it would be:

by kutsu (Priest)
on Feb 24, 2006 at 05:31 UTC ( #532459=poll: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

vote on If I were to compete in an Olympic event, it would be:

Alpine Skiing
[bar] 15/7%
Biathlon
[bar] 16/7%
Bobsled
[bar] 15/7%
Cross-country Skiing
[bar] 10/5%
Curling
[bar] 33/15%
Figure Skating
[bar] 1/0%
Freestyle Skiing
[bar] 2/1%
Ice Hockey
[bar] 15/7%
Luge
[bar] 12/6%
Nordic Combined
[bar] 1/0%
Short Track
[bar] 2/1%
Skeleton
[bar] 15/7%
Ski Jumping
[bar] 9/4%
Snowboarding
[bar] 16/7%
Speed Skating
[bar] 11/5%
I prefer just to watch
[bar] 43/20%
216 total votes
Comment on If I were to compete in an Olympic event, it would be:
Re: If I were to compete in an Olympic event, it would be:
by Moriarty (Abbot) on Feb 24, 2006 at 05:41 UTC

    Curling is the nearest thing to my sport of choice, Ten-Pin Bowling, not that I'd ever actually get onto ice, that stuff is slipery, cold and hard.

      One more for Curling, I think it is ultra-cool.

      Cheerio, Sören

        It is simply the sport closest to what I actually do. Huge rocks thrown by other people, barreling down the narrow lane I'm in, I'm standing on ice, and all I've got is a broom. Oh, and they want me to make their throw into a score. And there are more rocks coming.
        (sigh)
      Curling is too much like sweeping, and I have to do that regularly. What next, ironing as an Olympic event?

      --
      tbone1, YAPS (Yet Another Perl Schlub)
      And remember, if he succeeds, so what.
      - Chick McGee

Re: If I were to compete in an Olympic event, it would be:
by stonecolddevin (Vicar) on Feb 24, 2006 at 05:53 UTC

    Ice hockey all the way.

    Although Team USA did a pretty shoddy job of representing us this year...GO BACK TO COLLEGE ATHLETES!!!

    meh.
Re: If I were to compete in an Olympic event, it would be:
by McDarren (Abbot) on Feb 24, 2006 at 06:06 UTC
    We're obviously talking Winter Olympics here ;)

    Having lived most of my life in the tropics I haven't a clue what half of these are, but if I had to choose one I'd say that bobsledding has always looked like it would be fun ;) (who can ever forget the Jamacian Bobsled Team?)

    The only problem for me is that (like the Jamaicans) I'd have to travel half-way around the world to find some snow/ice to do it in :p

      I tried to convince some guys in Belize that they should enter a hockey team in the Olympics :-D
Re: If I were to compete in an Olympic event, it would be:
by kwaping (Priest) on Feb 24, 2006 at 06:38 UTC
    So far I'm the only ski jumper on Team PerlMonks.
Re: If I were to compete in an Olympic event, it would be:
by cyclist38 (Hermit) on Feb 24, 2006 at 06:39 UTC
    Nordic combined? Skeleton? I've really no idea what these might be. Curling is something I do when going to sleep at night, right?

    Ice skating, though, is something I'm practically required by law to know about, being a fairly recent resident of Skating Land (netherlands)

Re: If I were to compete in an Olympic event, it would be:
by wfsp (Abbot) on Feb 24, 2006 at 08:09 UTC
    Someone said of a friend, "Can you imagine him doing the Luge? You'd have to give him a pint and tell him not to spill any!"
Re: If I were to compete in an Olympic event, it would be:
by DrHyde (Prior) on Feb 24, 2006 at 10:06 UTC
    Skeleton? wtf is that? Are there special Olympic events for vampires, mummies and werewolves too? And if not, why not?
      You may have heard of luge (sp?) where instead of going down the bobsleigh run in a perfectly sensible bobsleigh. They do it feet first on what can only be described as a tea tray. In skeleton they do it head first!


      ___________________________
      Remember that amateurs built Noah's Ark. Professionals built the Titanic.
Re: If I were to compete in an Olympic event, it would be:
by marto (Chancellor) on Feb 24, 2006 at 11:02 UTC
    <joke>Does the urine test count as an Olympic event?</joke>

    Martin
Re: If I were to compete in an Olympic event, it would be:
by gloryhack (Deacon) on Feb 24, 2006 at 13:30 UTC
    Bobsled, definitely. Small effort, high speed, some danger... what more could you want?
      Nah, luge all the way. Just like a roller coaster without brakes or safety concerns. :)

      Acutally I've often wondered why nobody did a bobsled type roller coaster ride. I would think it would be a great draw.

      Useless trivia: In the 2004 Las Vegas phone book there are approximately 28 pages of ads for massage, but almost 200 for lawyers.
Re: If I were to compete in an Olympic event, it would be:
by rockwiz (Friar) on Feb 24, 2006 at 14:03 UTC
    In my case, I always thought that I would love to compete in speed skating long track even though I've never actually done any speed skating (though I can only turn left on skates). So if we're talking talent-wise (for the little talent I have), I'd have to say : I prefer to just watch.. I'm a summer boy.
Re: If I were to compete in an Olympic event, it would be:
by KPeter0314 (Deacon) on Feb 24, 2006 at 15:08 UTC
    Curling, kinda like a bar game, but really an Olympic sport!

    Used to live in Green Bay and this seems to be standard event: Green Bay Curling Bonspiel. Lets focus on a few words near the top: "Free beer and snacks all weekend". Where do I sign up? Oh, that IS where you sign up...

    -Kurt

Re: If I were to compete in an Olympic event, it would be:
by kutsu (Priest) on Feb 24, 2006 at 15:10 UTC

    I don't know who in their right mind would find going 70mph down a giant death trap head first "fun". I pick Skeleton!

Re: If I were to compete in an Olympic event, it would be:
by rhesa (Vicar) on Feb 24, 2006 at 19:29 UTC
    Having imported myself into Norway, I feel obliged to select one of the national sports here. Since I'm not a great shooter, the Nordic Combined is out of my league. That means I'd settle for cross-country skiing.

    Being Dutch by birth, I'd have to select speed skating, but I haven't done that in at least 10 years. Pity, because I really liked it.

    By the way, we haven't had nearly enough snow here this year to go skiing. I'm terribly disappointed about this winter!

    And yes, I am a winter person. Even during the summer I prefer to go into the mountains, looking for snow and ice. I do like the sun, but only on the rocks :)

        Feh. Thanks for setting me straight on the english terms. I think I prefer skiskyting over biathlon. Ski-shooting sounds much funnier :)
Re: If I were to compete in an Olympic event, it would be:
by blue_cowdawg (Prior) on Feb 24, 2006 at 19:55 UTC

    Ohh... Definitely need to go shoot something! Nordic Combined!

Re: If I were to compete in an Olympic event, it would be:
by blue_cowdawg (Prior) on Feb 24, 2006 at 19:58 UTC

    Wait... beer brewing/drinking isn't an Olympic sport? Darn!

Re: If I were to compete in an Olympic event, it would be:
by blue_cowdawg (Prior) on Feb 24, 2006 at 19:59 UTC

    .... and no Olympic chili cookoff? What the **** kind of olympics are these? :-D

      Not very "special", are they?
Re: If I were to compete in an Olympic event, it would be:
by QM (Vicar) on Feb 24, 2006 at 21:03 UTC
    I'm surprised at the responses.

    Curling is the ultimate sport, apparently. First you slide a bunch of rocks around (OK, no big deal yet). Then you retreat to the bar to talk about your match, drink beer, and watch other idiots slide their rocks around. (Oh, I think there's scoring involved somehow. For the rocks, not the brew.)

    -QM
    --
    Quantum Mechanics: The dreams stuff is made of

      Well, yes... curing does seem to be the ultimate... as opposed to kicking or throwing some round object around, possibly running into one another and gettin injured, then retreating to the bar to talk about it. Or two guys punching each other until one of them falls down or dies, and then you retreat to the bar to talk about it.

      I feel this is inefficient. Just start at the bar, and forget all about the bunch of rocks, the round objects, the punching, etc. And yes, score the brew...

Re: If I were to compete in an Olympic event, it would be:
by Anonymous Monk on Feb 24, 2006 at 21:56 UTC
    I wouldn't compete in an olympic event. I can't. I'm not and will never be good enough for that; and if you're like 99% of the populace, neither are you, no matter who you are.

    The only people qualified to compete in an Olympic event are the people who have been training, since shortly after birth, for the Olympics.

    It takes a huge amount of time, dedication, training, native talent, and luck to reach the Olympics. You need to train for years on end; you need to have talented coaching; you need to push yourself to your limits and past, repeatly, and be lucky enough not to break every time you do it.

    For every Olympic athelete, there's 100 people who didn't make it: people who tried their best and burned out: blew out their knees, tore up their bodies, ruined their edge while trying to sharpen it that last little bit. People who got tired of the pain, of the 5:00 am training sessions, of breaking their bodies down and rebuilding them on a constant basis.

    You go compete in the Olympics, if you want. Me, I'll take a nice, comfy nap. :-)

      For every Olympic athelete, there's 100 people who didn't make it: people who tried their best and burned out: blew out their knees, tore up their bodies, ruined their edge while trying to sharpen it that last little bit.

      Wow! Does this apply to curling too?!?
      ;-)

Re: If I were to compete in an Olympic event, it would be:
by Knom (Beadle) on Feb 25, 2006 at 08:36 UTC
    Where do they plug in the irons for Curling???
Re: If I were to compete in an Olympic event, it would be:
by spiritway (Vicar) on Feb 25, 2006 at 23:18 UTC
Re: If I were to compete in an Olympic event, it would be:
by swampyankee (Parson) on Feb 27, 2006 at 02:35 UTC

    My heart says "luge!".

    My brain says curling is good, although anything involving brooms is too close to household chores.

    emc

    " When in doubt, use brute force." — Ken Thompson

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