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The 10 Dumbest "Sports" of the Summer Olympics

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4. Beach Volleyball

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Beach volleyball, a wedge issue.
Another example of the IOC chasing pop culture, beach volleyball became an Olympic sport just in time for the 1996 games in Atlanta. It should have ended there. Since then the "sport" has been dominated by the Americans, Brazilians and Australians -- the only people who seem to give a shit about this event or, perhaps, the only nations with enough oceanfront and free time to bother fielding a team.

3. Rhythmic Gymnastics
Like a dry-land version of synchronized swimming (only campier), rhythmic gymnastics features a team of competitors prancing around to music while waving ribbons and twirling hoops. The sport debuted in the 1984 Olympics when a real gymnast -- Mary Lou Retton -- was murdering it on her way to Olympic gold and a Wheaties box. Today rhythmic gymnastics is dominated by the Russians, who've swept gold medals at the last three Olympics and are favored to do so again in London.


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Apparently we are not the only ones who give women's wrestling the finger.
2. Women's Wrestling
Remember when the height of women's wrestling involved a kiddie pool, a few dozen
packages of Jell-O and a dimly lit stage at a "gentleman's club." It wasn't that long
ago. Then came the 2004 games in Athens when the IOC decided to classy up female
'rasslin by officially declaring it an Olympic sport. (As if Vince McMahon and his
WWW "Divas" hadn't done enough?) Appearing in its third Olympics this summer, female wrestling is dominated by (who else?) the Japanese -- the same people who brought you such bizarre fetishes as Pokemon, MXC (and other bizarre game shows) and hentai (erotic anime). Go figure.


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47 comments
capitals808
capitals808

Oh really, dressage isnt a sport? I know for a fact that if you tried it, you'd be on your @$$ within 2 minutes.

mantion
mantion

?? how did shoting make the list but race walking is missing.   

rld26
rld26

How is women's wrestling a dumb sport not worthy of the Olympics? I can agree with most of this list, but that paragraph about wrestling is blatantly misogynistic. Wrestling was one of the original Olympic sports of the ancient Olympics, and arguably the single most challenging sport of the modern Olympics which requires the greatest display of athleticism to win a medal.

 

Please don't confuse real wrestling with sports-entertainment's dramatized choreography, or worse yet, strippers in night clubs as you did in this article.

 

There are few athletes I respect more than Olympic level female wrestlers. Not only are they competing at the highest level in one of the toughest sports, but they also have to put up with sexist diatribes like this one.

chad_garrison
chad_garrison moderator editor

One more reason beach volleball is idiotic, the U.S. got to field two teams that will now play for gold. What other "sport" in the Olympics do you get to field two teams?! 

Nathan Berkley
Nathan Berkley

No mention of speed-walking? Also, Women's beach volleyball is an amazing sport and is in no way "boring".

Irena Bosnjak
Irena Bosnjak

In general terms, the cradle of the sports popularity is in Europe, with Scandinavia, the Balkan countries, Russia, Germany, France, Spain being the countries where the sport has the greatest popularity. In several of those countries Handball is the 2nd most popular team sport after soccer.

Riverfront Times
Riverfront Times

It's popular in Scandinavia and a few other countries but it certainly isn't a huge sport in Europe -- and it's not the kind of handball you see at Forest Park.

Meg Mertz
Meg Mertz

I tried to explain this to my father what the difference between handball and (European) team handball because he was perplexed as to what they were playing since he used to play in forest park as a teen. I honestly don't understand why table tennis is an olympic sport but they take away baseball and softball.

Kahiga Mwaura Wa Ngang'a
Kahiga Mwaura Wa Ngang'a

just because its not played in the u.s doesn't mean its dumb. Handball is a very good sport if you ever watched and played it. Who ever thinks it is dumb maybe the dumb one.

Colin Feeney
Colin Feeney

Actually, they were talking about team handball. It's very popular in Europe, but it's never caught on in the United States. I've seen enough of it to know it's a face paced, pretty high scoring game.

Rick Kohn
Rick Kohn

Handball's a fast paced tough sport. There are some courts in Forest Park

chad_garrison
chad_garrison moderator editor

Come to think of it, we should have added Olympic handball to the list. Have you seen this ridiculous "sport"? It's like a dry land version of water polo. Zzzzz. Where in the world is this sport played competitively? 

jsmoove19
jsmoove19

Mens Basketbal and Beach Volleyball should not be on this list.

mystyal2k5
mystyal2k5

One of the most stupidest list I've ever seen. First you add basketball, wrestling and volleyball? You sound bitter and ignorant. Most wouldn't have those in the top 10, ever.

Brad88
Brad88

Out of all of the sports you could have picked, you add basketball and beach volleyball to your list? Because Americans are good at it? 

 

Table Tennis is a much more obscure sport than basketball, and the Chinese always dominate in that. Why didn't you put that down? It's ping pong for goodness sake. 

 

How is "speed walking" not on your list? 

 

Terrible list and dumb reasoning. That is my take. 

pixelObserver
pixelObserver

"Curling"---although this is a winter olympic sport, i think the most stupid sport in ALL olympics. a "team" pushes a big puck across the ice while sweeping the ice in front of it with a broom.

nicedad1
nicedad1

Ribbon twirling. The arguement can be made that it takes training and skill... but it is a useless event, requiring judging (maybe I don't like that way the ribbon looks) and serves no purpose. Any sport that requires the player to wear a tiny bikini should be allowed.

WestLA
WestLA

The Olympic committee just needs to be more careful about what it defines as sport or an activity. An activity can include many things including a sport, but not all activities are a sport - such as NASCAR, darts, golf (maybe if they carried their own bags like in college). Anything with a horse is NOT a sport, it is an activity (unless you are running alongside the horse, or something). I don’t agree with women's wrestling though - that is a sport, albeit a little odd to watch. I know it’s hard though – it’s hard enough to call baseball a sport.

godotnut
godotnut

While there should be fewer shooting events at the Olympics for sure, there are a lot of people into various forms of target shooting--a lot more than your example of knife throwing. I would rather see shooting replaced with race walking, as someone suggested above. It's embarrassing to even really think about race walking as a sport. It's far more stupid than shooting.

christopher.faille
christopher.faille

I was watching the Olympics with my nephew yesterday. He kept wanting to switch to BBC America to watch a Dr. Who marathon. So I ended the afternoon rather confused: is TARDIS racing an Olympic event?

JohncDoe
JohncDoe

Who knew that 15 (the number of gold medals in shooting) was almost 48 (the number of gold medals in track+field) or 34 (the number given out in swimming)?

twitchosx
twitchosx

Womens Beach Volleyball is one of the only things I'm going to be watching this year. 

lgreenbaum1214
lgreenbaum1214

women's wrestling: a very close contact sport. 

Hadley Haux
Hadley Haux

Several of those at least have long histories in the olympics. I didn't even know trampoline was an event!

Christa Kagy
Christa Kagy

Dressage does not deserve your top spot. Since it does actually require athletic talent... It just speaks to your lack of knowledge about the sport.

MagsNMe
MagsNMe

Since my sport came in as your number one, dare you to give it a shot.  If it's so dumb, it must be easy, why don't you show us all...

Sara Hendricks Vick
Sara Hendricks Vick

...............PS....I'm still thinking of taking up rythmic gymnastics and synchronized swimming just to prove your wrong about 'dumb' olympic sports!! ; )

Sara Hendricks Vick
Sara Hendricks Vick

ESPN has even voted Secretariat as #1 overall athelete. What I was getting at was you were comparing the atheletsism of a horse and rider to a driver pushing a gas pedal to an inanimate object. Not even a close comparison. Equestrian events are and have been a part of the Olympic games since the 1900 games. I take exception to someone stating that the hard work between horse and rider should be exempt or considered 'worst' olympic event. And the award does go to horse and rider....not just the horse....not just the rider. It's a total team effort!!!

Riverfront Times
Riverfront Times

Yes, but the medal doesn't go to Secretariat. It goes to the trainer. We've also watched some amazing dog agility competitions on TV, but they're not in the Olympics. Or should they be?

Sara Hendricks Vick
Sara Hendricks Vick

Dressage the #1 worst olympic sport....REALLY!! Wow! That's like saying Secretariat isn't an athelete!! Dressage is part of the overall 'Eventing' portion of the equestrian olympic events. Do you know what kind of training and skill it takes for horse and rider to achieve such athleticism??? Obviously not!!!

Wowza
Wowza

I had the opportunity to watch Olympic trials for Gymnastics Trampoline and you've got it wrong. I'd liken the sport to diving...but doing incredible skills over and over without making any major mistakes (if a major mistake is made, the routine is terminated at that point and scoring ceases.) In diving, if you hit the water off a bit, your score may be lowered...in Gymnastics Trampoline, you could fly off. Also these athletes jump over 20 feet. It is truly impressive. I think you should watch before you judge...these are not backyard trampolines nor backyard skills.

karl
karl

 @chad_garrison Have you heard of the "Country of Europe"?! One of the best clubs in the world in HANDBALL, also have football on their agenda. You may have heard of them- FC Barcelona! Just beacause the sport may not be played in USA, doesnt mean the rest of the world is as IGNORANT! But hey, keep on playing your football with your hands, and play your "World league" against- other teams from the same ignorant country!

hubert.hammack
hubert.hammack

 @jsmoove19 Exactly! I was going along with this list until I saw basketball and beach volleyball. Beach volleyball is one of the most popular Olympic sports and basketball, is well, basketball.

GCgirl
GCgirl

 @WestLA You do realize that horse racing was the very first official sport in this country, don't you?    Try telling jockeys that what they do isn't a talent and that anyone can do it.   

obviously
obviously

 @MagsNMe LET ANYBODY BORROW YOUR HORSE AND I'M SURE THEY COULD THE HORSE DOES EVERYTHING.  I DON'T CARE IF TRAINING THE HORSE TOOK TIME AND EFFORT IN THE END YOUR NOT AN ATHLETE AND YOU'RE NOT DOING ANYTHING ON THE STAGE THAT TAKES REAL SKILL.

ClubMix68
ClubMix68

 @MagsNMe The difficulty of an activity doesn't make it worthy of the Olympics.  Otherwise, atom-splitting and brain surgery would be events.  Rather, the Olympics should be a showcase of athleticism in mass appeal sports.  Dressage... with it's astronomical cost to participate...is hardly mass appeal.  And the athleticism displayed by Muffy and Thad and Mitt and members of the Royal Family is debatable.

chad_garrison
chad_garrison moderator editor

 @Wowza Homer: "Kids. Kids. Once you get hurt, move aside and let other people jump."

GCgirl
GCgirl

 @obviously Actually, as someone who has been involved with horses and riding in the past I can tell you it takes skill to ride.   The riders have gone through just as much training and conditioning as the horses.  True, they don't train quite like a runner or gymnast does, but I bet you will find any one of the riders in an arena for hours on end every day of the week.  Do you see any obese riders?   Do you have any idea how strong you have to be to control two tons of horse with just a couple of thin strips of leather- and to look like you are not controlling the horse the entire time?

 

While I'm not a fan of dressage myself, I can tell you it is pretty difficult to master, especially when you consider they are riding english style which is extremely strict and much more difficult to master vs. western style (think western movies).   Also, traditionally, dressage falls into the 3 day eventing package at equestrian events with the other two days consisting of jumping and cross country.   Which is probably why it is included in the Olympics.    

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