It’s already expensive, and the scene is fractured between the “sport” surfers and the “soul” surfers (I’m in the latter category), creating a fairly high barrier to entry to the uninitiated. Mainstream popularity could be the best–or worst–thing to happen to surfing. When sports are injected with a lot of money and interest, they tend to spoil. Just look at NASCAR.
Surfing has been added to the list of sports competed in at the Olympic Games. Despite the PR puff, the reality for surfers is there’s nothing to celebrate.
Source: Why adding surfing to the Olympic Games is bad news for surfers
“Never before have divers from The Big Three met in true head-to-head competetion!” USA vs USSR vs China in Olympic-level diving competition.
Remember when Barney the Dinosaur planted a bomb during the Atlanta Olympics? Remember the Atlanta Olympics? Remember a time when we dealt with tragedy through humor instead of social-media slacktivism offering empty “thoughts and prayers”? Those were good times. Let’s bring back those times.
This is a novelty piece in the old “break-in” style pioneered by Dickie Goodman and Bill Buchanan where song clips replace soundbytes from interviews or dialogue.I downloaded this from AOL in the mid-1990’s, and I don’t recall who uploaded it originally.If you or someone you know created this, please let me know so that I may give proper credit.Thanks!
Considering all the hoops everyone–not just the host city–has to jump through to appease the IOC overlords, it seems no “free” nation in its right mind is really interested in hosting anymore. The illusion of prestige is gone and replaced with extreme skepticism.
It’s expensive, demanding, and in the eyes of the many cities who have refused to throw their hat into the five-ring circus, a total scam.
Source: Why the U.S. Should Never Host Another Olympics | Outside Online
Sterilising the waves: taking the majesty of nature and turning it into a Disneyland attraction. This is a terrible idea and further indication of what is wrong about the Olympic Games.
Surfing needs the ocean. Without it, it’s just riding waves.
Source: Surfing Might Finally Get in The Olympics… But It Won’t Be Surfing