Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Pole dancing in the Olympics? It could happen

Pole dancing and sheep shearing are among the many sports that have been proposed for the Summer Olympics.
Pole dancing would be a fine addition to the games. It’s edgy and takes strength and grace to pull off. And it’s starting to shed its unseemly, strip-club image as more women take to pole sports for fitness. (See articles by CBS News and Suite101.)
But old images are hard to shake. The Huffington Post Comedy website added pole dancing to a list called “Summer Olympics: 16 ‘Sports’ That Should Be Included But Aren’t.” Others on the list include competitive eating and beer pong.
As for sheep shearing, it’s been proposed for the Olympics by the Federated Farmers of New Zealand, according to the BBC. I think that one should stay on the farm.

Photo: 2011 U.S. Pole Dance Champion Natasha Wang.

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