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Originally posted by BrutalDictator
Quick, name a sport that isn't stupid.
Originally posted by randomname
womens beach volleyball, brazilian edition.
A large number of the events are absurd as well, and this is the point I make about "Genetic Superiority". "Run in a straight line the fastest", "Swim the fastest in a straight line", "Run in a circle the fastest", etc. Some games employ guile, cunning and skill, but the flagship events do not. They might as well hold events called, "The Tallest" or "The Purest Bloodline", because that's what it is...
Originally posted by getreadyalready
reply to post by Raivan31
Many good answers but this is the best most complete answer. And boy howdy do the cities vie for the opportunity to host, spending millions, so they can make millions more.
How do I get taxpayer money for my kids to train!?!? This sounds like a GREAT deal, too bad it doesn't happen that way.
They provide hope, unity, pride, role models, ambassadorship and goodwill to other countries, etc. Entertainment just like any other athlete. They provide jobs to their trainers and support staff, and they bring economic impact to the towns they visit for competition.
You could really pick any sporting event or community event and ask the same question, but the cities are lobbying to draw these events to their town, so obviously there is some benefit.
What do those worthless senators and representatives provide for their 4-6 years in office?
Originally posted by Raivan31
Virtualy every occupation that i can think of provides a regular and constant service to society, except Olympic athletes.
Even football/soccer/tennis/e.t.c players provide regular entertainment, but olympic athletes train for six or more years at tax payer expense so they can compete for 10 mins.
Considering the cost of training olympic athletes and factor in all of the troubles with the world i feel the question needs to be asked: "Olympics, what are they good for?"
On the surface it seems like a hell of a lot of money thrown at people pursuing totally selfish goals that have no real benefit to the society that signs the cheques.
I expect a lot of flaming for this, but really, isn't your anger just an emotional response to the question posed.
What i want is an objective opinion.
What do you think ATS?
EDIT: This is simply a question posed for the sake of getting people views on a subject... maybe asking "what do the olympics mean to you?" would have been a better question.
This post is NOT a weapon, so anyone who finds the concepts offensive oughta understand that that was never the intention and if you choose to feel that it is then you will have to nurse that hurt all on your own.
I don't think i could make this any clearer, NOT ABOUT YOU AND YOUR BUTT-HURT.edit on 3-8-2012 by Raivan31 because: (no reason given)
Consider that when you get angry about this it's because you are assuming that you know what i am thinking, which you certainly do not, so your anger is actually an insult to me. keep it to yourself and stay civil.edit on 3-8-2012 by Raivan31 because: to clarify for arrogant people that live inside their own fictional reality