Have you been watching the Olympics? The US Swim Team has swam into medal history, the gymnastics team is collecting medals like people do stamps and coins, and the men’s basketball Team USA scored 156 points over Nigeria (I didn’t even know that was possible!) … GO TEAM USA! Meanwhile, the girls that play water polo intimidate me so much I can’t turn away from watching them. How do they tread water for the entire game, while basically trying to drown one another?
There are some pretty interesting sports involved in the games … table tennis, badminton, synchronized swimming, handball (I don’t even know what that is). But the next summer Olympics could have another sport, making it even steamier … POLE DANCING?! Say what?!
An association of pole-fitness competitors and entrepreneurs circulated a petition to get pole dancing included into the London games. It was rejected by the International Olympic Committee, but undaunted supporters are making another push for 2016.
I’ve taken a pole dancing fitness class and can attest that it is hard. I’ve gained a new found respect for strippers after getting hardwood burn falling off the pole from not having the leg strength to even spin around, let alone hang upside down on it. I may question their work ethic and morals, but I don’t doubt their athletism. It’s like vertical gymnastics. So while stripping may not be a sport (or respectful profession), organized pole dancing on the other hand is … but on the Olympic level?
Well if they’re going to make pole dancing an official Olympic sport, then they need to make cheerleading one … because that’s not much different than pole dancing (and this coming from a former NFL cheerleader). Girls who can’t do, cheer … and in some cases, strip I guess.
I kid, I kid. But in all seriousness, cheerleading and pole dancing both require gymnastics skills, rhythm, strength, endurance, flexibility, and the tolerance to be objectifed. All except the last one do require athletic ability, just saying.
But in all honesty, what about line dancing? That’s a sport, right? It’s hard for me to keep up with all the pros at Coyote Joe’s at least. I’ve been going on Wednesdays for their free line dancing lessons, so I’m earning my boots (or trying to at least).
What sport do you think should be added to the Olympics?
What about thumb wrestling … or beer pong?!