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Old 07-27-2012, 07:34 PM   #1
Steven Thunander
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Crossfit as an Olympic Sport

Does anyone think that Crossfit will ever become an Olympic sport, given the success of the Crossfit Games? What would need to happen for CF to become an Olympic sport? Is it even possible, given the random nature of CF games events? Discuss.
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Old 07-27-2012, 08:55 PM   #2
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Re: Crossfit as an Olympic Sport

Well for one there would have to be an international federation along the lines of FIBA or FIFA, and year-round drug testing even in non-Olympics years, and some kind of standardized way to qualify, and a standardized scoring system, and an international certification body for judges, and movement standards that could be enforced evenly across the board....the fact that each individual athlete is somewhat at the whim of a single judge makes CF competitions unlike any Olympic sport I can think of. And I'd also guess that the random nature of events would be a no-go from the perspective of the Olympics.

So I'm going to go with no as my answer on this. And there's nothing wrong with that, there are plenty of other competitions like World's Strongest Man and the X-Games that are doing fine without Olympic status.
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Old 07-28-2012, 03:43 AM   #3
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Re: Crossfit as an Olympic Sport

Many years has to come for CF to be recognized & execpted. It is the begining right now, the dark era. I'm afraid it's gonna stay a strenght & conditioning programme, but Fran, Cindy, etc could be a gold standard for Olympic games!
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Old 07-28-2012, 09:18 AM   #4
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Re: Crossfit as an Olympic Sport

Yeah, Eric covered pretty well why the sport is not nearly standardized enough to be olympic.

Also, it's a corporate entity. It's trademarked. Volleyball wouldn't be an olympic sport if nobody could use the word "volleyball" without paying a fee to a corporation.
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Old 07-28-2012, 09:56 AM   #5
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Re: Crossfit as an Olympic Sport

I don't think 'Unknown and Unknowable' would jive with the IOC.
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Old 07-28-2012, 01:39 PM   #6
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Re: Crossfit as an Olympic Sport

Any sport in which the highest level competition on the planet requires fleets of volunteers to make it happen has not been sufficiently professionalized to even begin standardizing necessary to discuss the Olympics.
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Old 07-29-2012, 03:22 AM   #7
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Re: Crossfit as an Olympic Sport

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Any sport in which the highest level competition on the planet requires fleets of volunteers to make it happen has not been sufficiently professionalized to even begin standardizing necessary to discuss the Olympics.
I think the Olympics has over 70,000 volunteers at least, which contradicts your point.
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Old 07-29-2012, 06:34 AM   #8
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I think the Olympics has over 70,000 volunteers at least, which contradicts your point.
You're being ridiculous. Those volunteers help spectators find the restrooms. They don't judge or referee the actual events.
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Old 07-29-2012, 04:29 PM   #9
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Re: Crossfit as an Olympic Sport

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You're being ridiculous. Those volunteers help spectators find the restrooms. They don't judge or referee the actual events.
Well, by that token, "fleets" of volunteers don't judge or referee the CF Games either. Many do, but certainly not "fleets."

But I agree that CF isn't likely to ever make it to the Games. I don't think I would want it to either.

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Old 07-31-2012, 02:32 AM   #10
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Re: Crossfit as an Olympic Sport

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But I agree that CF isn't likely to ever make it to the Games. I don't think I would want it to either.

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