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Old 02-05-2015, 09:02 AM   #1
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Why are the games in Imperial not Metric?

Not trying to stir ***** up, just got to thinking and wondering.

Obviously Crossfit originated in the USA, and the USA is one of 3 countries that use Imperial still (Burma and Liberia), BUT all the major sport activities involving weights (olympic weightlifting, powerlifting) use metric.

Sports at the olympics (aka sports contested on the world stage, not just a sport in one nation like NFL for example) are almost entirely contested in metric.

I am just wondering what the reasoning behind another barbell sport or rather a sport involving weights using the less accurate measurement of lbs instead of KG.

if there is no reason that's cool, I was just curious.
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Old 02-05-2015, 09:22 AM   #2
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Re: Why are the games in Imperial not Metric?

Because its an American spectator sport, and to the non-weightlifting public who will tune in to watch it on ESPN, lifting 330lbs is more impressive and understandable than 150kg.
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Old 02-05-2015, 09:45 AM   #3
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Re: Why are the games in Imperial not Metric?

Did the Seahawks throw the interception from the 1-Meter line?
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Old 02-05-2015, 11:09 AM   #4
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Re: Why are the games in Imperial not Metric?

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Did the Seahawks throw the interception from the 1-Meter line?
where did I mention NFL should be in metric?

NFL being in imperial makes sense...since it is ONLY played in a country that uses imperial measurement.


So other than Crossfit was invented in 'Murica there's no actual reason?
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Old 02-05-2015, 12:18 PM   #5
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Re: Why are the games in Imperial not Metric?

Powerlifting in the USA is generally in pounds from my viewing experience.
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Old 02-06-2015, 04:35 AM   #6
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Re: Why are the games in Imperial not Metric?

Sponsorship also plays a part - Rogue Fitness

Does it make a difference? not really, but it is a bit of a pain having to divide pounds by 2,2 to get the Kg equivalent whenever I want to hit a WOD.

Plus it all started in the US so they can do as they please.... it's no big issue
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Old 02-06-2015, 07:09 AM   #7
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Plus it all started in the US so they can do as they please.... it's no big issue
Based on the history of posts made by the original poster, he tends to have pretty big issues with how things are done in America.
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Old 02-06-2015, 07:21 AM   #8
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Re: Why are the games in Imperial not Metric?

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Based on the history of posts made by the original poster, he tends to have pretty big issues with how things are done in America.
Yeah, it's a pretty silly question.
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Old 02-07-2015, 01:26 AM   #9
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Re: Why are the games in Imperial not Metric?

But, wouldnt it be a good idea if the on screen graphichs, during the games events, also include metric units, for all the fans that are watching this sport outside of the states?
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Old 02-07-2015, 02:12 PM   #10
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Re: Why are the games in Imperial not Metric?

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I am just wondering what the reasoning behind another barbell sport or rather a sport involving weights using the less accurate measurement of lbs instead of KG.
Clearly, I'm no expert on the subject, but I don't see how pounds are any "less accurate" than kilograms. Can someone explain this to me?
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