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« on: May 07, 2012, 07:35 PM »

Kites have made it to the Olympics.

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/olympics-fourth-place-medal/kiteboarding-replace-windsurfing-olympic-sport-2016-154100588.html

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« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2012, 07:47 PM »

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« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2012, 07:50 PM »

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« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2012, 11:07 AM »

Seems logical.  Kiteboarding has replaced windsurfing at pretty much every beach near me.

Isn't a touch ironic that the AKA basically showed kiteboarders and other traction kiters the door some years back, since they were considered a bad insurance risk, and now it's kiteboarding that has made it into the Olympics?  Roll Eyes

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« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2012, 12:11 PM »

Seems logical.  Kiteboarding has replaced windsurfing at pretty much every beach near me.

You tell me...
Last Saturday afternoon/evening in the southern coast of Barcelona (the coast of a town called Castelldefels) I counted more than 150 kitesurfs in the airShocked
Most of them pulling their kiter in the water.
I really wondered how come they didn't have any accidents but I really didn't see any crashing into each other or getting their lines tangled...     Huh
It was indeed a spectacle. See pictures below of only part of what could be seen (pictures not too good because I took them with my crummy mobile).
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« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2012, 02:12 PM »

Seems logical.  Kiteboarding has replaced windsurfing at pretty much every beach near me.

You tell me...
Last Saturday afternoon/evening in the southern coast of Barcelona (the coast of a town called Castelldefels) I counted more than 150 kitesurfs in the airShocked
Most of them pulling their kiter in the water.
I really wondered how come they didn't have any accidents but I really didn't see any crashing into each other or getting their lines tangled...     Huh
It was indeed a spectacle. See pictures below of only part of what could be seen (pictures not too good because I took them with my crummy mobile).
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that is insane! Huh
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« Reply #6 on: May 08, 2012, 04:51 PM »

Seems logical.  Kiteboarding has replaced windsurfing at pretty much every beach near me.

Isn't a touch ironic that the AKA basically showed kiteboarders and other traction kiters the door some years back, since they were considered a bad insurance risk, and now it's kiteboarding that has made it into the Olympics?  Roll Eyes



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« Reply #7 on: May 08, 2012, 09:39 PM »

One thing I have notices about the Olympics is they tend to follow developing trends in specific areas.   Snow skiing is giving way to snow boarding, waterskiing gave way to knee boarding and now possibly wake boarding so it makes sense that wind surfing would give way toward kite boarding.   What I fail to grasp is why ribbon twirling and synchronized swimming are considered olympic level sports. Roll Eyes
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« Reply #8 on: May 08, 2012, 10:39 PM »

ribbon twirling
Cheesy   Cheesy

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« Reply #9 on: May 08, 2012, 11:19 PM »

What I fail to grasp is why ribbon twirling and synchronized swimming are considered olympic level sports. Roll Eyes

How does a sport become Olympic?

To make it onto the Olympic programme, a sport first has to be recognised: it must be administered by an International Federation which ensures that the sport's activities follow the Olympic Charter. If it is widely practised around the world and meets a number of criteria established by the IOC session, a recognised sport may be added to the Olympic programme on the recommendation of the IOC's Olympic Programme Commission.

From here. If you really want to see this sort of thing at an international, multi-sports event then you should be aiming either at the World Games, who have a whole section for trend sports, or the World Air Games.

Now if you'll excuse me, I think I've exceeded my daily dose of déjà vu and repeating myself.  Sad

FYI.... stunt kiting isn't recognised as a sport in the UK.

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« Reply #10 on: May 08, 2012, 11:31 PM »

Still doesn't explain how synchronized swimming and ribbon twirling are sports.  Showy entertainment maybe but not sports.
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« Reply #11 on: May 08, 2012, 11:44 PM »

Still doesn't explain how synchronized swimming and ribbon twirling are sports.  Showy entertainment maybe but not sports.
sport
Noun:   
An activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others.

Does that help ? Or are you of the view that any activity that lacks objective scoring (as opposed to "judging") and objective determinations of winners cannot be a sport ? In which case stunt kiting ain't either.

Mike,
this all seems terribly familiar.
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« Reply #12 on: May 09, 2012, 12:23 AM »

Well until the olympics I have never seen or heard of ANY ribbon twirling competitions and come on, how much skill does it take to make pretty shapes with a ribbon attached to a stick. Considering they had to link it with gymnastics I woulds say NONE.  NOw Synchronized swimming on the other hand was a popular activity through the 50's and did have competitions similar to ballroom dancing but was never considered a sport.  IT was always dubbed water Ballet and thought of as a dance  more or less. Hmm Olympic ballroom dancing comps, didn't they do that too? 

Common thread here is most things in the olympics are condusive to competition, can fit into a competitive field(watersports, dance, track n field, games etc) that is pretty even anywhere with minimal special circumstances. available to pretty much anyone to do and done on a world wide scale. That makes more sense than classifying everything in the olympics as a sport.

 Stun kite flying is an odd man out thing like pretty much all aerobatic stuff.  Team skydiving, skysurfing, sport aerobatic flying, air racing and kiting all have competition ability and skill but don't fit into a neat accepted category that just anyone can get into.  Same reason the X games came into being for skateboarding and bmx/moto cross stuff.  I think theres a hidden rule in there that it has to be something the majority can easily grasp, understand and be willing to pay to watch world wide as well. 

I Don't thinks kite surfing will work well as a an olympic event but then again trick skiing(jumping) and snowboarding have.
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« Reply #13 on: May 09, 2012, 12:54 AM »

That makes more sense than classifying everything in the olympics as a sport.
Everything at the Olympic Games is a sport. This has been accepted by people far more qualified to decide this than you or I so arguing that just because you don't like~don't understand~have never heard of an event it isn't a sport simply isn't the point.

Rhythmic Gymnastics (or ribbon twirling if you must) hasn't had a problem in maintaining participants at either the Olympics, their own world championships or other international events.

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« Reply #14 on: May 09, 2012, 01:18 AM »

So by the definition  you provided we can pretty much consider any competetive capable activity a sport except Golf since even golfers prefer it to be called a game.  Well and video games but that a whole other debate lol.  It will be interesting to see how kitesurfing gets categorized though.  Will they come up with some type of regatta format or use the freestyle only or even come up with something else.  Just like down hill snowboarding really didn't come into a defined format until the preparations for olympic consideration via the X games.

 Even more interesting is what the fallout from it for the kite industry and popularity of the activity will be.  It seems everything that gains Olympic acceptance benefits from it with a surge in interest in all variations of the activity as well as innovations or improvements to the equipment.  Who knows maybe a ballet/precision stunt kite flying format for individuals and teams will someday be acceptable.
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