Which 2008 Olympic Sport is the Most Awesome
The program for the Beijing 2008 Games is quite similar to that of the Athens Games held in 2004. The 2008 Olympics will see the return of 28 sports, and will hold 302 events (165 men’s events, 127 women’s events, and 10 mixed events). Which 2008 sport is the most awesome? I've done my best to break down the sports below to help you decide!
I love watching taekwondo and judo. Seeing real people fighting as if they were in a martial arts movie is impressive. To truly compete, the athletes need not only the agility and endurance here, but a combination of all the other characteristics, especially speed, flexibility, and coordination. Where else can you see someone kicked in the face in the Olympics?
Gymnastics has always been one of my favorite competitions since it requires so many disciplines and so much focus. There is very little (endurance & teamwork) one doesn't need to have in this competition. Judging by what one must have in order to compete effectively, it's gymnastics for me.
Side: Gymnastics is THE most Exciting
Rowing is definitely the hardest, but you can only understand that once you've actually raced in a shell.
8 people with perfect balance despite height and weight differences, and wind possibly tipping the boat to one side. Equal power on both sides to keep the boat moving relatively straight with the help of a coxswain. Perform the same motion approximately 220 times in a row, in perfect unison, despite fluxuating rate of the team. So you basically can't drift mentally, you have to stay focused on the motion of the guys in front of you. Extreme fatigue, as it is, not only, a full body (legs, back, arms) exertion, but is approximately 6 minutes in length. Runners must only worry about their legs in a mile race while rowers have to handle their entire muscle structure coming into use.