Equestrian events I've always been on the fence about.
I would take out synchronized diving, rhythmic gymnastics and sailing. I'd also prune down the categories - if one athlete can win 10 gold medals in one type of event, that's just stupid.
I don't have a full list so I don't know what silliness is there already. It's awesome that they're taking out baseball though - what a horrible, boring "sport". I'd take out equestrians too - they have their own damn events for that. I like curling but I don't know if it should count as a "sport" - kinda the same as archery though, there is skill involved. And darts (is that in the olympics?).
The olympics are really bloated - tons of things could easily be cut. But I think they make money for having more events to watch, maybe?
I don't know why they haven't split the Olympics into major categories yet.
To me, as far as skill in a particular entertainment or fighting style.. the Olympics is the farthest you can go. Winning the gold. So, it's not that I think they should cut or eliminate things. But that many MORE things should be olympic worthy--with the BIG olympic event hosting things on a rotational basis. Sailings already had it's glory.. so cut it for a while and let other events make gold medals. I also agree that only one gold medal for an event should count. Either you're the best, or you're not. A tie should be a rare occurance.
It just doesn't seem fair that ribbon dancers still compete all the damn time, but Kendo isn't up on the block ever. The olympics used to be brutal competition.. it just seems so.. soft, and dull. Like some rich dude with a bottle of way-too-expensive wine is sitting in a Ceaser-style box seat, clapping softly while flirting with a haughty girl that has interest in his money.
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