It’s nice being validated by writers in the mainstream media.  Check out article on sports that should be kicked out of the Olympics by Time Magazine’s Hannah Beech. I’ve sort of had this lingering misgiving about some of the more girly sports that I couldn’t quite articulate.  It’s not that they don’t require athletic ability, it’s just that they’re so, well, girly.  The writer of this article sums it up nicely (referring to rhythimic gymnastics and synchronized swimming):

The problem with both events, in my mind, is that the girly bits overshadow the athletic parts. Synchronized swimming and rhythmic gymnastics involve such copious amounts of cosmetics that they make a Texas beauty pageant look sedate. Yes, thighs strain with effort, but I’m distracted by the twirling toes and the bleached teeth framed by rictus smiles. And the accoutrements of rhythmic gymnastics — the hoop, the swirling ribbon — divert from the balletic grace of the athletes.

This ain’t your momma’s East German swim team.

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.