I think the walking should be given a different tack. Set all the competitors off, and the last man standing wins. See how far they can walk without stopping.
Seeing most of the men collapse at the end of the 50km race shows how hard "race walking" is on the body, but yeah, it looks pretty silly.
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The problem i have with walking is despite them disqualifying some, pretty much everyone basically is running anyways. 7ou can see it too when they show the slow mo's.
They just run in a weird fashion.
It's walking as long as one foot is on the ground at any one point. It becomes running when both come off the ground (learnt this from Malcolm in Middle, so don't know how accurate it is).
Cevbro is right. On the slow mos both feet are usually in the air.
I favour heef's idea - just deprive them of water or any form of sustenance and see who can go the longest. There is another test for walking and it is something to do with when you straighten your leg?
At track and field day they used to have walking - only idiots competed in it or at least to take it seriously anyway - there would always be 2 or 3 stoners who would choose it as their compulsory event and just dawdle around the track for 800 metres.
Sailing and equestrian. piss off. You don't see many Ethiopians or Kenyans in those events. Rich people's bull**** leisure pursuits, not really sports. And they are so boring to watch. Boats sailing and horses prancing around. Not for me.
I think the Olympics are mostly about the individual human's pursuit of athletic excellence, therefore the main Olympic events to me are:
Athletics- who can run the fastest over various distances and throw stuff the furthest and jump longest/highest.
Swimming- obviously fits the criteria same as athletics, but dead set boring to watch.
Stuff like weightlifting- who can lift the heaviest thing etc.
Archery/shooting- who is the most accurate etc.
Gymastics- it can be kind of subjective, but good to watch.
A lot of the other stuff seems stupid. As good as it is to watch the Dream Team, it's obvious they'll win most gold medals. And sports like tennis already have Wimbledon and fifty other comps every year. It's hardly the pinnacle of their sport, just an opportunity for a great player to get another medal.
why run when you can drive a car
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Soccer has to be up there.
MAybe an extra skill set can be added to the race walking? They could be asked to juggle while walking for instance just to turn it into a complete farce instead of a partial farce.
Or race walking and dressage could be combined somehow.
combine javelin and equestrian imo
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