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Posted: 8/23/2004 5:40:04 AM EST
I am just wondering what the concensus is here at ARFCOM.
Let me say outright that I believe that it IS a good Olympic sport (and the U.S. Shooting Team is the only Olympic group to whom I actually send a little money).
BUT! Is shooting really a form of ATHLETIC competition? I know, I know, a target shooter must control his breathing, heart rate, and above all, his nerves, but so must a billiard champion. Is this really enough? What about throwing darts? Shouldn't that be an Olympic sport, too?
Soley on the grounds of tradition, competitive target shooting should probably be included as it's one of the oldest international competitions in the "modern era" dating back to at least the late nineteen hundreds. But is it ATHLETIC competition?
Link Posted: 8/23/2004 5:46:13 AM EST
As long as baseball is considered a sport so should shooting. Although I prefer the word "event".


And there is physical demands put on a shooter. Arm and back conditioning does factor into it.


SGtar15
Link Posted: 8/23/2004 5:49:29 AM EST
Link Posted: 8/23/2004 5:50:37 AM EST
Link Posted: 8/23/2004 5:59:15 AM EST

Originally Posted By The_Beer_Slayer:
beach volleyball

nuff said





The finest Olympic sport bar none!…

ANdy
Link Posted: 8/23/2004 6:01:15 AM EST
Way back when in history, the Olympics were games to celebrate military victory. The original games were things you did in combat, i.e. javlin, wrestling, running, boxing, fencing, horseback riding. The modern Olympics were originally supposed to reflect that spirit. Shooting well is a skill and an ability few people have. I think it is ahead of softball, horseshoes, dancing with ribbon or swimming in pairs or any number of stupid events that are now considered sports.
Link Posted: 8/23/2004 6:02:21 AM EST

Originally Posted By vito113:

Originally Posted By The_Beer_Slayer:
beach volleyball

nuff said



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The finest Olympic sport bar none!…

ANdy



Indeed!
Link Posted: 8/23/2004 6:05:41 AM EST

Originally Posted By Coolio:
BUT! Is shooting really a form of ATHLETIC competition? I know, I know, a target shooter must control his breathing, heart rate, and above all, his nerves, but so must a billiard champion. Is this really enough



Considering they allow figure skating as an olympic sport (a 'sport' that dends on judges opinions and prejeduces instead of a hard score) why not?

Also consider the Olympics were orginally based on events related to military service shouldn't shooting events included in the modern era?
Link Posted: 8/23/2004 6:06:10 AM EST

Originally Posted By lonegunman:
Way back when in history, the Olympics were games to celebrate military victory. The original games were things you did in combat, i.e. javlin, wrestling, running, boxing, fencing, horseback riding. The modern Olympics were originally supposed to reflect that spirit. Shooting well is a skill and an ability few people have. I think it is ahead of softball, horseshoes, dancing with ribbon or swimming in pairs or any number of stupid events that are now considered sports.



a big +1, basically what I was going to post. Modern Olympics with useless games like ping-pong and *shudder* I've heard rumors that Bridge players want to "play" in the Olympics... This is a traveshamockery of what the Olympics were supposed to represent.

Only addition: Coolio, think about the Biathlon as well. Skiing and shooting?
Link Posted: 8/23/2004 6:16:02 AM EST
[Last Edit: 8/23/2004 6:16:28 AM EST by vito113]

Originally Posted By Forest:
Originally Posted By Coolio:
Also consider the Olympics were orginally based on events related to military service shouldn't shooting events included in the modern era?



I can just see it now, "and in final the of the Mens .50 BMG we have the United States"……

ANdy
Link Posted: 8/23/2004 6:19:01 AM EST
The Biathlon is actually a military-based event, or has military strategies based on it.

Finnish snow troopers, in the Russo-Finnish war, would come gliding out of the forest at top speed, gun down a Russian unit, and glide away.
Link Posted: 8/23/2004 6:21:36 AM EST

Originally Posted By lonegunman:
Way back when in history, the Olympics were games to celebrate military victory. The original games were things you did in combat, i.e. javlin, wrestling, running, boxing, fencing, horseback riding. The modern Olympics were originally supposed to reflect that spirit. Shooting well is a skill and an ability few people have. I think it is ahead of softball, horseshoes, dancing with ribbon or swimming in pairs or any number of stupid events that are now considered sports.



Good thought!
I hadn't considered that reasoning.
Thanks everybody! Several good comments.
Link Posted: 8/23/2004 6:25:29 AM EST
Link Posted: 8/23/2004 6:30:34 AM EST
YES it is, because there is a freaking twenty-something Kilometer walk!! It's a damn WALK! So if walking is an event, then shooting is also
Link Posted: 8/23/2004 7:04:17 AM EST
[Last Edit: 8/23/2004 7:04:39 AM EST by darknight]
Yes it is,
having competed priviously in standard, free, and air pistol I'd say yes, there is a lot involved. Granted you're not running or anything but the basic competition among individuals or teams is there same as it is with any other sport. BTW I think ballroom dancing is in there too (for those of you looking to point out odd 'sports')

*and there's my 100th post

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