Is that why so many of the flag-bearers in the Opening Ceremony at the Olympics were Judo players? It seemed that every other flag-bearer was his country’s Judo guy. Dozens of sports represented, but Judo just seemed over-represented.
We wondered why. A couple of guesses:
Upper body strength. But then, weightlifters, swimmers, shot-putters, guys like that are pretty strong too.
Scheduling. I know a lot of gymnasts and swimmers didn’t march because they were competing in the next two days. Maybe Judo is scheduled to begin relatively late in the games, so carrying the flag doesn’t represent a risk of taxing strength just before competing.
Any other explanations?