New Event For London 2012 Olympic Games

The Beijing Olympic Games has pretty much passed me by. It wasn’t until Saturday that I actually watched any of the action. It seems I picked a pretty good day because I saw Usain Bolt absolutely blitz the opposition in the 100 metres on his way to a new world record. Even for someone who has little or no interest in athletics, it was pretty impressive.

However my Olympic viewing experience took a turn for the worse when I then spent 10 minutes watching the dressage event. How anyone can call that an Olympic sport is beyond me. I’ve not seen so much mincing since I last took a stroll down Old Compton Street.

Anyway it seems that Great Britain has been doing rather well in this Olympic Games. We’ve managed to win 27 medals including 12 golds. By all accounts that’s the best Team GB have done for some time. What’s interesting for me, though, is the events that we’ve excelled at and, as a result, it’s prompted me to write to Seb Coe to suggest a new event for the London 2012 Games.

Olympic Sitting Down.

Have a look at the medals we’ve won so far:

Canoe/Kayak Slalom – 1 silver
Cycling – 6 gold, 3 silver, 2 bronze
Equestrian – 2 bronze
Rowing – 2 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze
Sailing – 2 gold, 1 silver

All of these events involve sitting down. We’ve also won 2 golds and a bronze in swimming which is the extreme version of sitting down – lying down. In fact if it weren’t for a pesky bronze medal Team GB accidentally won in the gymnastics, every single medal we’ve won at this years Olympics would involve sitting down.

Forget all those events that involve running or jumping or throwing things a really long way. You know, the sports that all the other countries try to win. We should be spending the next 4 years coming up with Olympic events that involve sitting down if we want to be a dominant force in our own Games.

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10 comments so far

  1. Mike
    #1

    4 more medals. 3 golds in cycling. 1 silver in sailing. All involve sitting down. I think I’m on to something here…

    The guys at the Free Bets Blog obviously agree with me: A Very Un-British Olympics

  2. The Atheist
    #2

    So, I guess we’re going to blitz the para-Olympics?

  3. Simon
    #3

    I hate to piss on your parade but this was covered in the Telegraph before the Olympics even started.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/othersports/olympics/2460773/49er-crew-Steve-Morrison-and-Ben-Rhodes-will-not-rest-until-they-reach-Beijing-podium.html

    Still funny though

  4. Mike
    #4

    Fair one, Simon. I wasn’t aware of that. The post came about after a conversation with some of the boys from my cricket team at the weekend.

    Ho hum. Looks like there’s not a single original thought in my head. Looks like I’ll have to go back to Photoshopping cricketers having a poo instead…

  5. The Atheist
    #5

    Yeah.

  6. Mike
    #6

    Yeah that there’s not a single original thought in my head or yeah you want to see some more scatalogical pictures of cricketers?

  7. The Atheist
    #7

    Yeah…

  8. Lloyd
    #8

    What does this say then about Cricket2012Games.com campaign to get cricket into the Olympics ?
    Perhaps it will have to be for the spectators, not the players.

  9. Mike
    #9

    Interesting site, Lloyd. Isn’t there a minimum number of participating countries requirement for Olympic inclusion? I’m sure I read that somewhere. Or I could have been dreaming.

    Anyway, best of luck with the campaign.

  10. Lloyd
    #10

    If there were a minimum requirement a lot of sports would not be there. Beach volleyball is a sport or beach fun?BMX racing,baseball, softball and many more got in either because of the Eurocentric
    nature of the Olympics, or the influence of the Host nation (except Britain ).

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