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Ballroom Dancing as a Summer Olympic sport???

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If Figure Skating and Synchronized Swimming are considered sports, why not Ballroom dancing?
Updated On: 8/16/04 at 01:14 PM
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Because it's freakishly stupid.
Stop worrying about what I'm doing -- focus instead on what you're eating.
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As much as I love figure skating, it's not a sport. Neither is synchornized swimming, or diving. Even gymnastics, while very athletic, isn't a sport in my eyes. That was only reaffirmed for me when I saw the music and little bits of pointless choreography in the women's floor exercises. All of these are too subjective- they're decided by judges and intangibles like artistry rather than measurable things like time, points, height, etc.

Ballroom dancing is even worse than those, because it tips the scale even farther from athleticism to artistry. I'm sure ballroom dancers are very fit people, and that it's very rigorous. But shoveling snow is very rigorous, too, and I don't see people lobbying for that to be an Olympic sport.
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Wait -- Figure Skating is NOT a sport -- I have to go bang my Michelle Kwan-loving head against the wall...I'd like to see ANY of us do that for four minutes and not be mangled and have every bone broken.....
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Figure skating... Kristi Yamaguchi said it best for the cellphone commercial she's doing. The athletcism of gymnastics. But on the slippery surface that is ice.
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Obviously you didn't read my whole post. I acknowledge that things like figure skating and gymnastics are athletically rigorous. But they're not sports to me; they're competitions.
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Let's call Tonya Harding up and ask how she feels about this.
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just make sure the pipe is nowhere near Boobs...
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You so right KMF...time for me to go get some juice now...re: Ballroom Dancing as a Summer Olympic sport???
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I've got the pipe -- time for some juicy knees....
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That's crazy talk.
Real men are tenors.
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that's the Tanya in me slipping out -- I'm afraid I won;t get to hear question 10 from Boob's Actor's Studio post -- but if I do, my answer make more sense right now
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I often wondered the same thing about color guards. Not necessarily for the Olympics, but if ESPN shows cheerleading and aerobic instructor competitions, why not the Winter Guard International finals. It's pretty amazing if you've ever seen it done well.
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not sure it should be an Olympic Sport -- but I agree it's a lot of hard work -- I competed in winter guard as a kid and had some GREAT times -- he was pretty mean with the rifle and sabre
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I did Winter Guard way back when it was still pretty new. Sabres were just being introduced, but we didn't use them. I was flags one year and then rifles the next. I hated the rifle! My arms were covered in bruises and I developed tendonitis in my wrist. Back then, they deducted points for every drop instead of giving points for every catch. It was a lot more difficult.
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One word.....curling.
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Curling is the hottest sport. I'm ready to win the next medal for the US in the next Winter Olympics. *flexes muscles*


But ballroom dancing? ...nope.
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Priest you took my post word for word!

Although curling is scarily entrancing...
And hang on, when did you win the discus?