CrossFit Discussion Board  

Go Back   CrossFit Discussion Board > Community > Community
CrossFit Home Forum Site Rules CrossFit FAQ Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Community Catch all category for CrossFit community discussion.

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 04-08-2008, 05:31 PM   #1
Matt Thomas
Banned Matt Thomas is offline
 
Profile:
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Orlando  FL
Posts: 3,649
Why isn't powerlifting an Olympic sport?

Well? Is it politics? Not a big enough international following? Maybe the whole gear thing makes it too confusing for fans and how it would be governed in the Olympics? Just currious because I really don't see any reason why it shouldn't or couldn't be.
  Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2008, 06:09 PM   #2
Steve Liberati
Affiliate Steve Liberati is offline
 
Steve Liberati's Avatar
 
Profile:
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Pennsauken  NJ
Posts: 1,649
Re: Why isn't powerlifting an Olympic sport?

First they would have to change the name to strengthlifting, since we all know its not a power sport. Second it is very unlikely that they will allow a second strength sport with 3 lifts and 21 weight classes. Besides you need a ton of spotters and there is the time issue with the length of a meet.
  Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2008, 08:53 PM   #3
Matt Thomas
Banned Matt Thomas is offline
 
Profile:
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Orlando  FL
Posts: 3,649
Re: Why isn't powerlifting an Olympic sport?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve Liberati View Post
First they would have to change the name to strengthlifting, since we all know its not a power sport.
Not sure if I completely agree with that statement, but the rest makes sense. I guess it might detract from the viewing experience a little with all the spotters. I still think it's unfortunate though and it could have a place.
  Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2008, 10:54 PM   #4
James Rios
Member James Rios is offline
 
James Rios's Avatar
 
Profile:
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Whittier  CA
Posts: 540
Re: Why isn't powerlifting an Olympic sport?

Wait im confused. If they are called OLYMPIC lifts why arent they in the OLYMPICS. i always thought they were
  Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2008, 04:02 AM   #5
Anthony Bainbridge
Affiliate Anthony Bainbridge is offline
 
Anthony Bainbridge's Avatar
 
Profile:
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Fredericton  New Brunswick
Posts: 3,886
Re: Why isn't powerlifting an Olympic sport?

It's because there are 3,137,890 federations and they all disagree on the definition of parallel and what equipment is allowed.
__________________
Facebook - Gym - Stats - BW166 SQ585 BP405 DL660 CL310
  Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2008, 04:34 AM   #6
Brandon Oto
Member Brandon Oto is offline
 
Profile:
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Santa Cruz  CA
Posts: 3,002
Re: Why isn't powerlifting an Olympic sport?

Quote:
Originally Posted by James Rios View Post
Wait im confused. If they are called OLYMPIC lifts why arent they in the OLYMPICS. i always thought they were
... they're not.

Powerlifting is squat-bench-deadlift and is competed in independent federations.

Weightlifting (which I'm sure they don't call Olympic lifting when they're at the Olympics) is clean & jerk and snatch.
  Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2008, 09:02 AM   #7
Zac Jereb
Member Zac Jereb is offline
 
Zac Jereb's Avatar
 
Profile:
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Davis  CA
Posts: 154
Re: Why isn't powerlifting an Olympic sport?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve Liberati View Post
First they would have to change the name to strengthlifting, since we all know its not a power sport. Second it is very unlikely that they will allow a second strength sport with 3 lifts and 21 weight classes. Besides you need a ton of spotters and there is the time issue with the length of a meet.
Wasn't part of the justification for the elimination of clean & press the time that it added to the event (Oly lifting)?

As for international interest in the sport, I think it's there. There are a lot of Scandinavian and Slavic powerlifters. And one of the verified superstars of the sport, Andy Bolton, is British (though he does receive very little recognition in his home country).

That said, I can't imagine geared powerlifting *ever* flying on the olympic level. Under the scrutiny of that large of a general-public audience, it would be revealed as the bizarre, incestuously-bred scam that it is. Raw, IMO, would be the ONLY way to go for the prospect of Olympic powerlifting (and DEEP on the squat).
  Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2008, 09:15 AM   #8
Paul Findley
Member Paul Findley is offline
 
Paul Findley's Avatar
 
Profile:
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Longmont  CO
Posts: 1,257
Re: Why isn't powerlifting an Olympic sport?

Who needs the olymipcs?

http://www.theworldsstrongestman.com (SAFE)
  Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2008, 10:09 AM   #9
Kevin Mueller
Member Kevin Mueller is offline
 
Profile:
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Upper Arlington  OH
Posts: 149
Re: Why isn't powerlifting an Olympic sport?

Quote:
Wasn't part of the justification for the elimination of clean & press the time that it added to the event (Oly lifting)
It was inconsistent (at best) or politically motivated (at worst) judging that got the press eliminated. By the time it was removed, lax judging had allowed the press become quick lift, with lifters getting away with knee bends and multiple back bends, to the point where the weights being pressed matched or exceeded the weights being jerked.

Way more than you ever need to know about the decline and fall of the olympic press here wfs

Last edited by Kevin Mueller : 04-09-2008 at 10:11 AM. Reason: edit to fix tag
  Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2008, 10:27 AM   #10
James Besenyei
Member James Besenyei is offline
 
James Besenyei's Avatar
 
Profile:
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Cleveland  Ohio
Posts: 591
Re: Why isn't powerlifting an Olympic sport?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Paul Findley View Post
bump bump
  Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
From powerlifting to crossfit Victor Mooren Starting 3 01-03-2008 04:42 PM
Powerlifting and Crossfit. Ronald Coleman Fitness 4 12-02-2006 01:43 PM
Powerlifting Patrick Schoudt jr Fitness 18 04-12-2006 03:26 PM
Crossfit and powerlifting Michael Hill Exercises 9 05-13-2005 11:45 PM
Powerlifting Chris Gondos Fitness 14 12-21-2004 10:16 AM


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 06:37 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
CrossFit is a registered trademark of CrossFit Inc.