Originally Posted by Cooking Goddess
Ladies, relax. I never said they weren't athletes. I never said they didn't work hard to achieve their level of performance.
There are many other events that are chosen for Olympic competition that seem a little out of place. I guess my idea of an Olympic "sport" is one that is competitive. Neighborhood kids will have races over "I'm faster than you" - "nuh huh" and brothers and sisters have wrestled for millennium, but not too many kids say "I can do a better triple-axle than you" on the neighborhood ice pond. Hockey yes, but not figure skating. And don't get me started on Rhythm Dancing!
I guess they have to be creative with the Modern Olympics though. I suppose there wasn't a lot of ice and snow when the ancient games were going on.
There is a difference between Team Sports and Individual Sports. That seems to me, what you folks are getting down to in your Olympic Games Competition. There is plenty of competition on ice that does not Involve teams. Nobody denounces the runners, high jumpers, shot puters in the Summer Games, I also don't hear anything negative about the folks who choose Cross Country Skiing.
Those are all Individual sports, people putting forth their best effort...on their own. Personally, I don't think Team Sports have any place in the Olympics, it should only be the Individual sports.