Winter Olympic Sports

Winter Olympic Sports

Even if you’re a big fan of sports, you might be less familiar with certain Winter Olympic sports. That’s understandable, and especially if you live south of the equator. But to better appreciate the Winter Games, it’s helpful to have a basic understanding of some of the sports played in them. Here are some that you might be somewhat unfamiliar with:

1. Bandy.

This is actually a demonstration sport that first appeared in the 1952 Winter Olympics, while making a return in 2010. This sport resembles hockey somewhat, although the skaters try to shoot a ball, rather than a puck, into the goal of the opposing team. The sport also has some similarities to soccer. Each team has 11 players, while the field is the same size as a soccer field. Also, the game includes two halves that are both 45 minutes.

2. Biathlon.

While a gun is probably the least likely piece of equipment you’d expect to see in a Winter Olympics event, it’s needed for the Biathlon. This event is a combination of cross-country skiing and target shooting. The first competition was among Norwegian soldiers, back in 1767! The cross-country part of the event includes a distance of 7km-20km. Meanwhile, the shooting part requires athletes to shoot at targets 50 meters away. The targets are roughly twice as large when shooting while prone (lying on your front), than when standing. The first Winter Olympics Biathlon event took place in 1960.

3. Curling.

Also referred to as “Kurling” by Europeans, Curling has also earned the moniker “chess on ice”. The game includes brooms and granite stones. Curling includes two teams with four players on each team. The teams play on a sheet of ice with a rectangular shape. Players use “sweepers” to guide huge polished (granite) stones down the ice. The goal is for the stone to stop at the target located at the end of the piece sheet-known as the “house”. At the end of the match, the team with the most points is victorious. Interestingly, Curling appeared in the 1924 Winter Olympics, and then reappeared in 1998.

4. Skeleton.

In 2002, this event became a part of the Winter Olympics for the first time since 1948. Participants ride a small sled down the track. But there’s a catch! Differing from a similar Olympic event, the athlete lies face-down, and faces forward. Basically, it’s a version of the Luge, in which the athlete lies on his back. This sport definitely isn’t for the faint of heart-the sled contains no tool for steering or braking! Athletes can whiz by at top speeds of 80 mph (130 km/hr).

5. Speed Skiing.

This is another demonstration sport returning to the 2010 Winter Olympics. Basically, it involves skiing downhill in a straight line-as quickly as you can. In fact, Speed Skiing is one of the fastest land sports that aren’t motorized.

Having a better understanding of these Winter Olympic sports will allow you to enjoy the games better. Now you know that Skeleton isn’t just something holding our bodies together!

What Sports Are Played in the Olympic Games?

There is always a question about how many sports are played in the Summer and Winter Olympics and also exactly what sports are they? These questions can be answered if you can get a hold of an official Olympic games list.

Currently there are 26 sports in the Summer Olympics and 7 sports in the Winter Olympics. Each sport may have more than one discipline or event that is used in competition at the Olympics. An example of this would be swimming. There were 34 swimming events in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. This is in contrast to basketball for example. Basketball only has 2 events, men’s basketball and women’s basketball. In order for a basketball player to win as many gold medals in his career as Michael Phelps won in the Beijing Olympics he would have to be on the national Olympic team for over 30 years!

The Summer Olympics have 302 events on the Olympic sport list in Beijing and in the 2010 Winter Olympics there will be 86 events. These numbers change slightly each Olympic games because the International Olympic Committee approve new sports and discontinue other sports. The most recent change is going to be baseball and softball will be dropped for the next Summer Olympics. The International Olympic Committee makes their decision based on the number of countries that participate and if there is a governing body for that sport. If there is a governing body by which the sport can be judged and it is widely participated in worldwide then it is looked at by the International Olympic Committee for addition to the Olympic sport list at the next Olympic games.

Another interesting note is that there are currently 32 sports that are recognized by the International Olympics Committee as sport but are not contested in the Olympic games. Of these 32 sports two will be selected for the 2016 Summer Olympics by the International Olympic Committee at a meeting in 2009 in Copenhagen. They are considering seven sports for the two spots: softball, baseball, golf, rugby, squash, karate and roller sports.

One rule that is in place when choosing a sport for the Olympics is that the primary propulsion used in a race can not be mechanical. This rule is followed strictly now but in the early days of the modern Olympic games there were power boating events! Technology has advanced to the point that this would be engineering and not physical ability that would decide the winner. Something that goes against what the Olympics is all about.

Remember next time you are watching the Olympics, whether the Summer Olympics or the Winter Olympics, that there are a lot more events than you will see in prime time and many of them are very entertaining. Try and find something you enjoy that has a star athlete who you won’t see on the cover of a cereal box or in a shoe commercial.

Olympic Sport List – The Complete List of the Beijing Olympic Sports

Beijing Olympic sport A Moment In History

The Beijing Olympics will take place August 8-24, 2008, in Beijing, China. During this time the Olympic sport list consists of 28 summer sports. There are also roughly 10,500 athletes that are projected to partake in the Games, with around 20,000 credited media bringing the Olympics to the world.

Here is the Olympic Sport List:

Beach Volleyball
Canoe/Kayak Flatwater
Canoe/Kayak Slalom
Cycling BMX
Cycling Mountain Bike
Cycling Road
Cycling Track
Gymnastics Artistic
Gymnastics Rhythmic
Modern Pentathlon
Synchronized Swimming
Table Tennis
Tae kwon do
Water Polo

There are 302 different events in these 28 sports. The 2008 Beijing Olympics will mark this the third time that the Olympic events will have been held in the territories of two dissimilar National Olympic Committees. One event will be held in Hong Kong

Athletes from Hong Kong nevertheless are flying the flag of Hong Kong even though Hong Kong is not an independent state.

The opening which occurred on August 8, 2008, all but one (Brunei) of the current 205 National Olympic Committees will take part. China and the United States have the biggest teams, with 639 and 596 competitors in that order. Quite a lot of countries are represented at the games by a single athlete.

Of 195 independent countries, only three did not take part: Brunei, Kosovo and Vatican City. Another three countries participated for their first time in history: The Marshall Islands, Montenegro and Tuvalu.

The agenda for the Beijing 2008 Games is rather like to that of the Athens Games held in 2004. The 2008 Olympics will see the arrival of 28 sports, and will hold 302 events (165 men’s events, 127 women’s events, and 10 mixed events), one event more in total than in Athens.

The Olympics have always held out to many the ability of man-kind to unite and celebrate in the spirit of sport. It is also a means for all of us to understand the importance of not only developing our mind but our bodies as well.

When Average Performance Was Just Not Enough!

We have just had our Paralympics in the UK, which is an international sport event, which athletes with physical and other disabilities participated in, this may include mobility disabilities, amputates, blindness and cerebral palsy.There is a practice called boosting, which an athlete with spinal damage is capable of doing. Statistics indicates that a 30% of wheelchair athletes are doing boosting before the games. They do self harmto help increase blood pressure and performance enhancement without feeling any pain. The way this is done would be having the lower part of the body exposed to painful stimuli like, a full bladder, breaking a toe or sitting on sharp objects. Some would even go to the extreme of pinning their testicles.Boosting for a Paralympians is the same as banned drugs or steroid to an able-bodied athlete.The officials help the self harming athletes by telling them how dangerous this boosting can be for their health. Players would be required to have their blood pressures taken before the game and if it’s off the roof, then the punishment would be the disqualification of that player from the game. But if they have a doctor’s certificate explaining why their blood pressure is high, then they are still permitted to compete.

But interestingly, ever since the Beijing Paralympic games, no athletes have been tested positive for boosting.

The risk of these boosting practices is a stroke or a heart attack due to elevated blood pressure, but since some other athletes can’t feel anything, they thought that the risk is worth taking. This is an extremely dangerous and risky stunt to do but for others this is the cost of victory. They’d do a little self harm in exchange for a moment of triumph that they’ll remember forever.

Currently the number of Paralympians who had been through a programme that teaches the dangers of boosting is increasing. The programme covered all aspects of the athlete’s preparation. The athlete is fully aware that the Paralympics does not encourage boosting in any way, form or shape that can cause potential danger to the person.

With the number of interest and investment for the Paralympics that kept on increasing from other nations, it is believed the athletes would have the spot light that can help boost their performance without any self harm from boosting. These indeed are positive signs not only for the Paralympic games but for the Paralympic athletes as well.

A Disability Is Not a Disadvantage

It always comes down to what you do with what you have. People with disabilities have not always had the same opportunities as everyone else in society. This is because for a long time society didn’t even recognize its disability community. Just look at how people refer to someone with a disability. They often refer to someone with a disability as being “handicapped”. The term “handicap” refers to someone who stands on sreet corners with their cap in hand asking for money and was coined to refer to someone standing on street corners with their cap in hand asking for money in the early part of the 20th Century.

The truth is that people with disabilities, when given the opportunity, can compete on an equal playing field with everyone else. in 1977, The Iindividual Disability Education Act, (IDEA), became law and for the first time people with disabilities were guaranteed the right to an education up to the age of 21. Then in 1990, the Americans With Disabilities Act became law to make sure people with disabilities had equal opportunity when it comes to employment.

Society has been slow to embrace the disability community and guarantee them equal opportunity. That is evident when it comes to both the Olympics and Paralympics. Since 1960, a country that bid for the Olympics also bid for the Paralympics. But when Atlanta, GA’s olympic committee formed to bid for the Olympics, they refused to bid for Paralympics.

The disability community came together to fight to bring the Paralympics to Atlanta, GA. They were successful and then Samaranch, who at the time was president of the IOC, changed the by-laws to guarantee when a country bid for one they were automatically bidding for both.

This year, for the first time, when corporate sponsors promote the Olympics in the UK, they’re also promoting the Paralympics.

It doesn’t matter who you are, no one is perfect. Everyone has something something wrong with them even the most beautiful person. The real issue is that when someone looks at themselves they see their own flaws, but when they look at someone else they see perfection.

When it comes to employment and competition in the workplace, the evidence of someone’s insecurities are the most evident. For instance, everyone can compete in the new workplace if they just change their mindset of a job. To compete the workplace today, everyone needs to utilize technology. That means being able to use a computer to do business.

Today, we are truly a international economy. Through the Internet, we can connect with and do business with anyone in the world. This makes it a level playing field when it comes to income, especially for someone with a disability. Therefore, when someone has issues with using a computer and technology, they are being left behind when it comes to the ability to earn an income.

There are opportunities for employment, but not the old traditional ones the older generation is used to that’s the real reason for high unemployment. Until the government addresses these issues, or until the older generations leave the workforce for good, there will be no change in the employment problem.

People with disabilities find it easier to adapt to the new workplace because they find it easier to incorporate technology into their lifestyle.