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Q: Theoretical Olympic Participation ( Answered,   2 Comments )
Subject: Theoretical Olympic Participation
Category: Sports and Recreation > Games
Asked by: jurassic-ga
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Posted: 22 Mar 2006 10:12 PST
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Question ID: 710599
This is a non-serious, entiely theoretical question, based more on
your opions than on actual research

Given that i am a 21 year old male from the UK, in very good personal
health and good physical shape, what would sport would be the easiest
to represent my country at a future (summer) olympic games, given, the
natural ability required, training dedication,  participation rates

Assume previous experience only in high school team sports, such as
soccer and basketball

For example, I presume i could train everday for the next 6 years and
i would never be of the ability to be an olympic gymnast or boxer but
that something such as archery may be a little easier...but what would
be the easiest?

Clarification of Question by jurassic-ga on 22 Mar 2006 10:13 PST
I am 170cm and 75kg
Subject: Re: Theoretical Olympic Participation
Answered By: politicalguru-ga on 21 Apr 2006 03:52 PDT
Dear Jurassic, 

Some of "oldest" olympic athletes are in shooting, as mentioned
before. Sailing in fact requires much skill and physical strength (I
have a friend who came up fourth in Sydney, you should see her
muscles), though yachting - which is also an olympic sport - doesn't;
however, I would also agree regarding equestrian sports: the one who
does the job is the horse (OK, a bit unfair, but how come you always
have some horse-faced spoiled princess among the competitors?).

Except for those already mentioned, I would add walking and marathon
(both has "older" participants), which are very physical (real
sports), but yet rely first and foremost on stamina.

Weight lifting is apparently also a possibility: 
" I began weight training when I was 20 years old, in the spring of
1999. Prior to this I was only mildly athletic, playing some rec
sports, but no varsity sports in high school. "
(Alan Jaworski, <>). 

If you decide to take up a Winter Olympics consider curling. The
oldest winter olympics medal winner was a curler, in 1924.

A bit of inspiration: 
Oscar Swahn

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Subject: Re: Theoretical Olympic Participation
From: myoarin-ga on 23 Mar 2006 07:23 PST
What about moving to Bermuda, which has its own National Olympic
Committee and sends its own team, despite being part of the UK?  Thus
as a UK citizen would have no problems  - still representing your
country -  but obviously without much competition for a place on the
team.  Maybe you could meet whatever residency requirement and still
mainly train in England.

The British Virgin Islands or the Cayman Islands could be alternatives.
Subject: Re: Theoretical Olympic Participation
From: thither-ga on 25 Mar 2006 17:59 PST
Obviously you'd have to factor in what competition you were facing to
make your country's Olympic team (as the first comment focuses on).

In my opinion, I would look at these events:

archery (Geena Davis, the actress, came close - I use that term
loosely - to making the U.S. Olympic team after taking up the sport).



It seems that the learing curve wouldn't be steep - just practice,
practice, practice and hope you have a steady hand.


sailing or equestrian events.

No offense to the participants of these sports, it just seems that if
you could pick up the skills involved you might have a shot.

Have a good day.

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