Discussion in 'Community' started by Jedi Knight Fett, Jan 8, 2022.
I have always been curious on this
Summer. You may say winter, but you would be mistaken.
I said winter I have to live up to the stereotypical Canadian.
Oh, yes, I forgot—the Canadian exemption. You are allowed to say winter. As are Norwegians. And Swedes. And Finns. And Russians.
The Summer Olympics are better but ironically I watch more of the Winter Games since it's on at the perfect time of year given February outside of the Super Bowl, is a wasteland in terms of sports to say nothing about it being my least favorite month of the year. Ironically I find July to be similar but being it's summer we are home a lot less means less time watching the Summer Games though again I like those better.
Summer sports in the main are running, cycling, swimming and throwing things. These are sports that people have to be bloody good at but one which pretty much anyone can do.
Winter sports all need an elevated skill level as you're on ski's, skates, a tea tray (skeleton) etc... and not only do you have to be fast, astoundingly brave or have incredible endurance you also have to have an amazing level of skill using the equipment before you even become fast etc...
I prefer winter sports and I think there's just more skill involved in the main events
I think FatBurt made a great argument against winter sports. Winter sports is about exotic, niche equipment invented to help humans handle snow and ice, it's not about human athletic performance. It's no coincidence that many of the activities are powered not by the human body, but by gravity.
It’s amazing seeing all the white epic ness of the season which is so alien to us on the Gulf Coast.
Summer Olympic events tend to be more varied and dynamic...which leads to much more participation, which makes the showcase grander and the event more global in feel.
But winter events have a thrill that most summer events lack.
Luge/Skeleton/Bobsled, Dowhill/Slalom/Super G, the insane stunt disciplines in snowboarding/skiing...there is a signature flash to the winter events that the summer events rarely reach.
So while I appreciate the scope and scale of the summer games more, the thrill of the winter games makes it much more appealing to me to watch.
I’m legally obligated to say Winter or they’ll revoke my residency permit.
Summer is the one that has fencing, right? I like to watch that once every eight years or so, so that.
A pox on anyone who likes skiing.
Each have their merits & faults, so they’re both (as concepts) are fine. They should go back go the old system of having each in the same year; every 2-years having an Olympics dilutes it some.
It's the niche exotic equipment that makes it appeal to me and I personally want to see the skill and be amazed by people doing slalom, bobsleigh, snowboarding etc... not running 4000m round an oval track.
I love the cycling in the olympics, I watch the training and local heats and the Manchester velodrome whenever I can because there is a skill in going round the track and knowing when to put the power down. Running round a track or swimming end to end is just dull.
The summer olympics are athletic ability (in the main) whereas the winter olympics meshes that athletic ability with technical skill with equipment
I'll always edge towards summer because there's more events that I like offered during it, but I like the Winter Games too, especially when it comes to the art of figure skating.
Summer is better cause there are more event which leads to more participating Countries. I favor the Winter for Ice Hockey and Figure skating. While for Summer I watch Fencing, Swimming, and Rowing. I'll watch the other events but those are the ones I watch the most when they are on.
Very tough decision since I love them both.
--more events overall
--more countries participating
--this is a personalized reason, but as a near life-long Floridian, I enjoy the "exotic" quality of winter sports generally
but just two particularly memorable examples of that what puts Winter over the top for me:
Torvill & Dean, Ravel, Bolero, Sarajevo 1984
Mishkutenok and Dmitriev, Rachmaninoff, Piano Concerto No. 2, Lillehammer 1994
moments on the ice like these--a magical blend of art and athleticism that will always be tops with me
That's why the only acceptable winter sports are figure skating and curling.
I love gymnastics and figure skating equally.
But then I like swimming and track more than hockey and speed skating, so I went summer.
But really I live for both
I prefer summer olympics because they have boxing, weightlifting and swimming events. The only winter sport I really watch is curling.
Figure skating and gymnastics aren't even sports to me. They're more like arts mixed with beauty pageants. The judging is subjective and influenced by aesthetics and beauty, sometimes over power and athleticism, and has a long history of severe corruption.
I can't abide any sport that rewards participants for having pretty faces and penalizes them for having comparatively unattractive faces.
Speed Skating is great.
So... the Olympics?
Both are just you watching tv.
I don't see the difference.
Summer is more relatable with the events but I love skiing so much that I have to go with Winter