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Post Options Post Options   Quote alstorer Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Feb 13 at 1:13pm
Originally posted by kingdacks

Cycling, always will be a core sport.
Greco-roman wrestling thought that until last week.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote gordon Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Feb 13 at 1:14pm
Jim C Stars at the olympics would be one of the pinacles of keelboat racing. There are certainly more people sailing keelboats (with or without cabins, spinakers etc) than dinghies - this may be a matter for regret.

I thought the British choice of sport was "spot the celeb" with no points fror Kate (as she was there allthe tile, and huge points for spotting a professional footballer playing for a British club as they seemed totally absent

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Post Options Post Options   Quote alstorer Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Feb 13 at 1:33pm
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Originally posted by kingdacks

what happens when the olympics goes to a land locked country,

There are precedents for having an event in a different country - its happened a couple of times with horses, so I suspect that would be the most likely option. I don't think the summer games have ever been held in a land locked country.
I'm looking through old bids. Remember it is cities, not countries. Most landlocked places I can find at the moment are Paris, Berlin and Moscow. The first two aren't as bad as Atlanta. The 1980 Moscow games had the sailing at Tallin, Estonia- 540 miles away. Mexico ran the sailing in Acapulco, 250 miles remote.
But really, most of the worlds big cities aren't that far from the sea.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote alstorer Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Feb 13 at 1:36pm
(I see both myself and Jim have now waded in to question the story on SA. He's gone polite, I've gone SA style)
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Post Options Post Options   Quote kingdacks Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Feb 13 at 2:53pm
So do we know anybody on this forum thats in the know, about the status of the star. I think there is a general shift occurring away from western economies wanting to hold the olympics.
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Sailing a bloody keelboat can hardly be called a sport now can it? Any more than Golf, it's an expensive pastime, requiring little atheletic ability, hardly an Olympian ideal, hell it's only 'Sir' Ben that gives sailing those Finn tubs any sense of expenditure of energy and that's hardly enough to make any red blooded athlete break sweat.

Sailing is what sailing does and wonderful as it maybe, only the sportier boats can really describe themselves using that tag 'sport' with any sense of justification for Olympic inclusion. Hell that Star and what was that other 3 fat blokes in a boat abomination that used to allude to Olympic competition, I forget but it's gone, the Star should stay gone as well and Kite should accompany windsurfing to bring the activity to a far wider base than the privileged fat boys of Northern Europe and Brazil.
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Graeme, we're talking about a five ring circus where fat people with guns can compete as long as they can get their heart rate down far enough. The bar for how "sporty" you've got to be for the olympics is pretty low.
 
As I mentioned up there, Golf is a sport at Rio.
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Anyone care to sling Grumpf over the side of Star for one their championship upwinders and see how long he can last?  I tell you what, he can even redevelop the harness if it makes it a more sporting challenge....\

Olympic Sailing ought to have a keelboat in it.  Now I don't care if that's a mixed or single sex keelboat, match racing, team racing or fleet racing Stars, Sonars, Etchells or J24s... something ought to be in there to represent that huge number of competitive sailors who race on keelboats around the world.


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Post Options Post Options   Quote gordon Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Feb 13 at 3:55pm
The olympics should also have a proper boat for heavy weights - the Star fills both categories.

In response to GRF sailing is not only about waterborne circus acts for tiny acrobats.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pondmonkey Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Feb 13 at 4:07pm
Originally posted by gordon

The olympics should also have a proper boat for heavy weights - the Star fills both categories.

In response to GRF sailing is not only about waterborne circus acts for tiny acrobats in boats which ironically he would deem a) poorly designed b) unseaworthy and c) for 'gheyer lady boys'.

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