London 2012

Rejected Olympic Events

I love the Olympics.  The incredible athletic feats, the stories, the patriotism, all of it.  But most of all, I love the events.  When else are you going to spend hours night after night watching swimming, volleyball, track, and a host of other sports that – let’s face it – you probably wouldn’t watch if they were competing in your back yard.

The events have changed over the years as new ones (BMX biking, women’s boxing) are added and less popular ones (baseball and softball) are dropped.

The International Olympic Committee is always looking for new events to add, but not all of the events are gold-medal worthy.  Among the rejected events*:

  • Synchronized Slip ‘n Slide
  • Beer Pong
  • Live or Tape Delay?
  • 10 meter dash
  • Stripper Pole Gymnastics
  • Worseminton
  • Paddleboating
  • Short Jump
  • Trampoline (wait…that one is real)
  • Spelling Bee
  • Darts (both Lawn and Bar)
  • Words With Friends
  • H.O.R.S.E.
  • Wipeout obstacle course
  • Rock, Paper, Scissors
  • Unicycling
  • Undressage
  • Foosball
  • Invisible Fencing
  • Thumb Wrestling

*Official disclaimer:  As I was writing this, I flipped over to Twitter and saw that #RejectedOlympicEvents was trending.  You’ll have to take my word that a) the none of these were borrowed, and b) the inspiration for this post came to me before I was aware of the Twitter trend.

Thought of the Day – 7/28/2012

Today’s thought:

Surely, I am not the only one who is seeing listing for the Olympics in the channel guide and thinking “Triple X?  I’m surprised they can show that on NBC.”

Olympics After Dark?

Of course, in the span about 30 seconds during last night’s opening ceremonies, Bob Costas referenced “women’s wrestling” and a “champion breast stroker”.

Just sayin’…


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