Ah, the Olympics are upon us and the world turns its gaze towards China and the awesome athletic prowess of Michael Phelps and Glen Eller. Never heard of Glen Eller, you say? Well, let me tell you about Glen “The Glide” Eller (nickname mine, but I think it will catch on).

Mr. Eller is one bad-a with a shotgun, as he brought home the gold this year in shooting, winning the gold in double trap, a non-sport, which is the point of my post. There are several so-called “sports” in the Olympics that have no business being there because they aren’t a sport, they’re just hobbies. Do they take a lot of skill? Absolutely. Hand-eye coordination? You bet. But those things don’t make an activity a sport. If all you need to qualify your hobby as a sport is skill, technical know-how and hand-eye coordination, then quiting, knitting and cross-stich need to be added to the list of events for London 2012.  I wonder if they would do one of those annoying biomentary pieces for Olympic quilters? Fighting back from multiple index finger injuries and the loss of her cat, Horace, Gretchen Fincklemeyer comes into these games as a force to be reckoned with…back to you, Bob Costas.

Take my quick quiz to see if you can correctly distinguish sports from non-sports:

Which of the following Olympic events is a sport, and thus deserves to remain a part of the Olympic games?
a. Shooting
b. Sailing
c. NASCAR
d. Equestrian
e. None of the Above

If you answered a,b,c or d, you’re wrong. These are hobbies that rely on the power or strength of a machine or animal to accomplish the intended results. Not right. Not wrong. Just different (and not sports).

If you answered None of the Above, you are correct. Happy hobbying.