The Olympics are back and the internet, radio and television networks are crowded with up to date, minute to minute, spoiler alert goodness. Its almost impossible to accomplish any Pinterest surfing without stumbling across a grinning athlete biting their medal. The Olympics are everywhere and there are more sports that medal than you may think.
Tonight, as I was reading the latest spoiler alert about synchronized diving,I discovered there is a plethora of sports in the Olympics that I didn’t even know existed. Actually, I know the sports exist but I was surprised to find they were included in the Olympics.
Table Tennis: I have never really considered this as a sport. More of a country club, backyard or garage past time. A “sport” in which Jimmy, the kid down the street, was the reigning champion…Well, Jimmy just grew up and looks like this…
Beach Volleyball: I will be the first to say that I am not a huge fan of Volleyball. I was horrible in school and the girls that did play had the ability to rip my head off and use it as a replacement in case they flattened out the actual ball with their manly biceps. I did earn a new found respect for the sport after watching Top Gun for the first time but it still makes me shake my head and wonder, how many people in Russia are playing Beach Volleyball? Honestly.
Gold Medal for abs and shiny sweat
Badminton: Isn’t this a backyard game that is played in the Northeast by rich Americans with too much time on their hands. They all watch a friendly round of Badminton while smoking their cigars, reading the Wall Street Journal and drinking dry martinis. No…..I’m wrong?
In light of these nail biter sports, I believe we should add a few more to the 2016 Olympic line up…..Off the top of my head, I am thinking arm wrestling, synchronized shuffleboard, and skateboarding. Let’s see it happen! I can’t wait to see them all on the platform biting those gold medals!
(Disclaimer – I understand that each athlete in the above mention sports have trained for years to reach this goal. I applaud their perseverance, motivation, and stamina. It’s an amazing accomplishment. Well done and Congratulations! And if any of you a reading this…please don’t hurt me.)