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[–]Theo_Fridall 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun -  (1 child)

The Olympics were originally a display of martial (i.e., military) prowess, featuring skillsets that would be of use to a soldier:

Running or swimming faster or further than your opponent,

jumping higher or further than your opponent,

throwing things farther than your opponent,

lifting heavier things than your opponent,

fighting (wrestling/boxing/judo)...

Even skill sets like archery, horseback-riding, and sailing could be considered relevant.

But now, the Olympics are just spectacle sports for profit. Ping-pong? Curling? Yawn.

[–]TheNorwegian7th 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

I suggest table tennis with hand grenades and curling with landmines, would have made me watch the Olympics again...

[–][deleted] 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

The Olympics are a replacement for war and in my book, that's a good thing. People get to have fun and rooting for their own country while nobody gets hurt.