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Old 03-27-2014, 02:37 AM   #1
Alex Burden
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Crossfit in the Olympics - yes or no?

Do you think that CF would ever be an Olympic event?

Would CF benefit from being a part of the Olympic movement?

What are your views on the subject?
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Old 03-27-2014, 04:17 AM   #2
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Re: Crossfit in the Olympics - yes or no?

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Do you think that CF would ever be an Olympic event?

Would CF benefit from being a part of the Olympic movement?

What are your views on the subject?
Would the Olympics benefit from including Crossfit? Bear in mind that I don't think sports like football, basketball, golf, professional tennis etc should be in the Olympics. With tennis they should make it like boxing in the Olympics, where it's amateurs only.
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Old 03-27-2014, 05:11 AM   #3
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Re: Crossfit in the Olympics - yes or no?

1. I don't think it will ever happen, not that i'm trying to knock crossfit, here's why;

I've been keeping up with the efforts to get Powerlifting in the olympics, through the IPF. Quite recently the Olympic committee came back with a response to the IPF saying something along the lines of you need to be in more multisport international competitions, to be eligible. Bear in mind the IPf already has powerlifting included in the World Games. The olympic committe told the IPF to look into joining the Pan-AM games, and other such competitions. You also have to remember Bench press is in the Paralympics.
So powerlifting has its foot in the door. There were other reasons/comments too, but this was a big one.

So not only would crossfit have to somehow get recognized and accepted to the World games, but also by at least 2-3 more multisport international competitions.

Another stepping stone is the crossfit model would not be accepted by the Olympics. Speaking for Canada for example, we would have to have a National Federation/association (which would be a charter federation of the international one), with each province represented and holding competitions that would lead to provincial championships, which would qualify you for National championships.

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Ontario Powerlifting, Quebec Powerlifting, Alberta powerlifting, etc -----> Canadian Powerlifting Union -----> International Powerlifting Federation. (the IWF is pretty much the same)

You would also have to pay to be a member of the federation, which would entail membership dues (yearly) and out of season as well as in competition testing. You would also as per the model have to qualify for provincials, then nationals, and then compete on the international level, these competitions are usually months apart. As well as the competitions (international ones) moving around the globe not being only in the USA.

Rules would need to be implemented as to proper attire, in terms of clothing, shoes, etc.

You would also have to take the prize money away, since they would be considered pros, and would more then likely not be allowed to compete in the olympics. (i know the NBA and NHL players participate but that's because an agreement was made, and as far as I know not happening for anything else and they are considering NOT allowing pros to play next olympics)

and another biggy, there would have to be set events for it to be an olympic event, you couldn't vary it year by year. You would have to basically decide on say 10 contested events, and those would be the only ones done.

Because of this Castro would basically be cut out of the competitions in that after he would decide what events he wouldn't have to "program" any more competitions. Crossfit HQ would lose some of its power over the sport unless it somehow ended chairing the federation that would need to exist.

I do think it would help legitimize crossfit the sport, but I think it would take away from the sport as it is (points mentioned), some of the fun of it might get taken out of it.

I don't think it will ever be in the olympics, to many things would have to change, also the olympic committee is not so keen on adding more sports, especially to the summer games which are already really big.

Personally I would like some changes to the Crossfit games/sport side of things, but no I would not want it included in the olympics.
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Old 03-27-2014, 06:00 AM   #4
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Re: Crossfit in the Olympics - yes or no?

The Olympics are basically the anti-crossfit games. Still a large group of highly skilled athletes, but they're all specialists. Usain Bolt isn't going to be doing any PR snatches anytime soon. Crossfit is all about the jack of all trades model and being ready for anything where as Olympians really only have to train for one activity year round.

We are seeing more and more crossfiters in the Olympics now which has helped legitimize it though, which I think is fantastic even if they just use it as supplemental training.
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Old 03-27-2014, 06:56 AM   #5
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Re: Crossfit in the Olympics - yes or no?

Absolutely impossible. Lot of things have been mentioned above, there are a lot more reasons.

@Price: of course you are right, they are specialised in their respective sport, but do you really think, that sprinters don't lift? ask the bobsled guys!

I think that physical fitness is a essential of every sport, even shooting or pool. They just do a lot of skill training on top of that, just like crossfitters.
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Old 03-27-2014, 07:03 AM   #6
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Re: Crossfit in the Olympics - yes or no?

Never gonna happen.

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Old 03-27-2014, 07:36 AM   #7
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Re: Crossfit in the Olympics - yes or no?

Why would Crossfit want to be. In ten or so year's The Crossfit Games will be bigger than the olympics.
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Old 03-27-2014, 07:40 AM   #8
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Re: Crossfit in the Olympics - yes or no?

Also remember that "CrossFit" is the brand, and "fitness" is the sport, similar to "NBA" being the brand, and "basketball" being the sport. This is the reason your local competitions are not "CrossFit" competitions, but rather "Throwdowns," "Challenges," etc. As the sport of fitness continues to evolve I think this distinction will become more apparent.

That said - no, the sport of fitness in its current state will never be in the Olympics. It'd have to become too standardized, I don't think "constantly varied" would work in that environment.
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Old 03-27-2014, 08:50 AM   #9
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Re: Crossfit in the Olympics - yes or no?

Maybe someday..
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Old 03-27-2014, 09:04 AM   #10
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Re: Crossfit in the Olympics - yes or no?

Nice to see that you all agree this will/should not happen.

I am totally for the same... CF has absolutely nothing to gain by being a part of that movement.

If anything this would kill the sport... if i was to say anything the olympics need CF but CF does not need the olympics.
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