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Combining Olympic sports.
« on: August 05, 2012, 06:43:48 pm »
Watching the opening title sequence of the BBC coverage this morning, the graphics cut from boxing to diving.

This led me to thinking about how sports could be combined to make them more exciting. A boxing match, but on the 10m board. Hit your opponent in the right place, and knock them off.

MFWHTBAB then suggested that the knocked off boxer could then avid the knock-out, buy doing an impressive enough dive!

What else could we mix for added excitement.  There's the 4x200m javelin relay perhaps....  Aquatic shot put? (and you have to fetch the shot back, wearing pyjamas)
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Combining Olympic sports.
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2012, 06:58:47 pm »
Jack Thurston suggested (on twitter) combining archery and cycling for a sort of summer biathlon, which I reckon would be a great one.

Another of my twitter correspondents was asking about athletes with medals in more than one sport, which led to a bit of research. Apparently, in 1920, Eddie Eagan of USA got gold in boxing and bobsleigh (summer and winter games, respectively). In 1936, Jacob Tullin Thams (NOR) got silver in sailing and gold in ski-jumping.

More here...
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_multiple_Olympic_medalists

Not sure how practical it would be to combine some of those as multi-discipline events. Swimming and fencing might work.

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Re: Combining Olympic sports.
« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2012, 07:00:46 pm »
errr... Hockey and horse riding?


running and cycling, for a le-mans style start

rowing and pole vault, using the oar for the latter or the pole for the rowing

Re: Combining Olympic sports.
« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2012, 08:00:45 pm »


rowing and pole vault, using the oar for the latter or the pole for the rowing

Punt vaulting! I like it!

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Re: Combining Olympic sports.
« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2012, 08:13:06 pm »
Synchronised table tennis?

Or how about bringing the spirit of the walk to cycling? - TT, but with stabilisers.

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Re: Combining Olympic sports.
« Reply #5 on: August 05, 2012, 08:20:29 pm »


rowing and pole vault, using the oar for the latter or the pole for the rowing

Punt vaulting! I like it!

Haven't the Dutch been doing that for years anyway?   ;D
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Re: Combining Olympic sports.
« Reply #6 on: August 05, 2012, 08:23:21 pm »
Long jump on the velodrome.

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« Reply #7 on: August 05, 2012, 08:24:43 pm »
Synchronised triple jump
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Re: Combining Olympic sports.
« Reply #8 on: August 05, 2012, 08:27:07 pm »
We thought of synchro long jump last night. They all start standing back to back in a tight circle, and then run outwards, and jump. Like a flower!  (and gets the whole event done much more quickly!)

Horse judo...
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« Reply #9 on: August 05, 2012, 08:29:58 pm »
Greco-Roman water polo.

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Re: Combining Olympic sports.
« Reply #10 on: August 05, 2012, 08:31:45 pm »
Shooting - with boxing gloves

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« Reply #11 on: August 05, 2012, 08:32:44 pm »
Sailing and fencing


Yaaaarrrrrrrrrrrr!

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« Reply #12 on: August 05, 2012, 08:42:22 pm »
Discus with a cycle wheel
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Re: Combining Olympic sports.
« Reply #13 on: August 05, 2012, 08:48:40 pm »
Kyak table tennis.
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« Reply #14 on: August 05, 2012, 08:49:01 pm »
Sailing and fencing


Yaaaarrrrrrrrrrrr!

 ;D
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Re: Combining Olympic sports.
« Reply #15 on: August 05, 2012, 09:07:43 pm »
Sailing and fencing


Yaaaarrrrrrrrrrrr!
;D ;D

Archery & cross-country horse-riding for that Lord of the Rings feel.
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« Reply #16 on: August 05, 2012, 09:13:01 pm »
Vernon has just suggested shotput and badminton.

Whichever way It's pretty pointless.

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« Reply #17 on: August 05, 2012, 09:19:20 pm »
Bobb has just suggested they should put Chris Hoy on a bike against Usain Bolt running 100m and see who wins.
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« Reply #18 on: August 05, 2012, 09:21:04 pm »
Hoy would just win over 100 (especially if he geared down) but it would be close. He'd win the 200 by 5 seconds + ...
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Re: Combining Olympic sports.
« Reply #19 on: August 05, 2012, 09:26:28 pm »
Someone really should set that up as a televisual event. It'd be even better than Brian Jacks doing 100 parallel bar dips in a minute.
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« Reply #20 on: August 05, 2012, 09:30:17 pm »
Archery & cross-country horse-riding for that Lord of the Rings feel.

Mongolia would win
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« Reply #21 on: August 05, 2012, 09:33:53 pm »
After the opening ceremony appearance of He Who Must Not Be Named I'm surprised that Quidditch isn't a demonstration sport at these Games.  Or at least it's ground-level equivalent shinty.
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Re: Combining Olympic sports.
« Reply #22 on: August 05, 2012, 09:34:20 pm »
Hoy would just win over 100 (especially if he geared down) but it would be close. He'd win the 200 by 5 seconds + ...
BOLT would be in the showers before hoy covered 30 meters ............
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Re: Combining Olympic sports.
« Reply #23 on: August 05, 2012, 09:36:40 pm »
Archery & cross-country horse-riding for that Lord of the Rings feel.

Biathlon (Cycling plus rifle shooting). I quite like the idea of AUKs roaming the countryside with high power rifles strapped to their backs....

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« Reply #24 on: August 05, 2012, 09:38:57 pm »
Someone really should set that up as a televisual event. It'd be even better than Brian Jacks doing 100 parallel bar dips in a minute.

Funnily enough Jill Douglas has just tweeted that same question to Chris Hoy.  You don't think she's reading this do you ?
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