I’m going to hop up on my Neanderthal soapbox here for a minute. Well alright, I guess they didn’t have soap boxes, so how about a boulder? That make y’all happier? Good.
First of all, I know I might take some heat for this point of view, but IDGAF. So if you feel you must take the opposite position & reply to this, keep that in mind.
As amazing as the athletes in gymnastics, ice skating, diving and synchronized swimming and even boxing are, I have to say, if a “sport” requires a judge to determine a winner, it isn’t a sport, it’s an exhibition. How exactly, does ‘Citius, Altius, Fortius’ apply to gymnastics or synchronized swimming?
It’s fairly easy to see who wins a foot race, the pole vault or a weightlifting competition. It was who got there fastest, who jumped highest or who lifted the most weight. But a gymnastics or synchronized swimming routine? How does a spectator determine a winner if there are no faults made by the competitors? They can’t. It’s like trying to decide what the better work of art is; the Mona Lisa or the statue of David. They are both spectacular, but they are also different. There’s no way you could say one is better than the other even if you were an expert in the field of Renaissance art.
Sure, the athletes are doing things faster, jumping higher, and they have to be stronger to be successful at their chosen activity. But the margins between those crowned champions and those who are given the “Good Try” pat on the head are so small –sometimes non-existent– that an average joe would say, “I liked both gymnasts routines.” One routine isn’t necessarily “better” than another to the naked eye, they just have differing aspects that some people enjoy, while others enjoy something else.
In fact, why do we allow different routines for gymnastics or similar sports? This just allows for judges personal preferences to creep into the results. If we must have exhibition “sports” like gymnastics and synchronized swimming in the Olympics, let’s have a specific routine that all “competitors” have to complete and leave it at that. Whoever does that routine the best, with the least mistakes is the winner. Usain Bolt, Tyson Gay, & Justin Gatlin, et al do not have to add back flips or handsprings when they run the 100m dash. The only thing they have to do is run as fast as they can over a pre-determined distance and beat everyone to the end of that distance. That is the true meaning of ‘Citius, Altius, Fortius’. So why do the Olympics allow for different routines for different competitors and call it fair competition?
*Hops off his boulder*
Let the slings and arrows fly.
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