Good greif how is it more entertaining then synchronised diving? Synchronised swimming I will give you (that is kinda creepy). I would imagine syncronised diving takes a shit load more training too… It isn’t just one person with a gun.
I’ve never shot a gun in my life, but the shooting I’ve seen in the Olympics looks like it involves an incredible level of skill- all about controlling nerves, breathing, muscles - and having a plateau of consistency that puts a winning performance on a par with almost any other sport you could mention.
It certainly isn’t the best for the spectators, I’ll grant that. But it is highly competitive and as much a sport as any other, IMHO.
Have you ever tried to hit anything with a target pistol ? It’s pretty damn hard to do, even if you’re competent with long guns. It’s even harder to do well, harder still to do consistently and when you’re under pressure, it gets about twice as hard again.
Olympic shooters miss because the bar is set very high, of course. Barely competent shooters may very well miss with every round under the same circumstances.
As for shooting being a sport, well - target shooting as practiced at the Olympics demands a heckuva lot of body & major mind control. If your stance, posture, grip, breathing and mental focus is not absolutely top-notch, you will start missing shots.
“Joe Average” and his gun under the bed has nothing to do with Olympic shooting. Olympic shooters use guns and techniques that are very, very far from tactical shooting.
You’re right about one thing, though: It’s incredibly, soul-numbingly boring to watch.
I have a friend who is an avid shooter and won many a metal for the Merchant Marines.
He’s now the head coach (or actually the assistant head coach, I think) and he’s been practicing to get his skills up. So far, for three weeks, all he’s done is hold the gone and ‘practice’ shoot, which means he hasn’t fired the gun yet. He does this for several hours.
Eventually he wants to be good enough to make the Olympics next time the come around.
I’ve been shooting with him a few times, and while it may look easy, it most certainly isn’t. While I’m struggling to get all my shots on the paper, my friend is rather easily shooting bullets through the same holes.
Popular and kinda creepy. “I ski long distances alone through the woods… then I shoot things with a sniper rifle…”
Calm, Kiwi. Are you concerned that they’re going to snap like a twig and go Postal at the Olympics, or just concerned that the best shots in the world have trouble making the most difficult shots in the world?
Shooting at Olympic level is unbelievably difficult. It takes nerves of steel and talent far beyond that of norms. As for it not belonging in the Olympics…if we remove any sports that evolved from martial arts, then you have to get rid of javelin, wrestling, judo, etc. The “sports” that *really * don’t belong are things like rhythmic gymnastics, all equestrian events, beach volleyball for Og’s sake!, basketball, baseball, soccer, synchronized anything, and anything that involves “artistic merit” as part of the score.
It seems more like an irrational opinion that you have. You say shooting doesn’t belong but you don’t give any real reason. Doesn’t seem like a sport? Neither does Equestrian, Weight Lifting, or Archery. Not an “age old” skill? Neither is Table Tennis, Volleyball, or Baseball. You are entitled to your opinion, nothing wrong with that. The faults you bring up though, could be applied to many other Olympic sports.
A bit of my family history for you. In the 1896 Olympics, two of my relatives won gold medals in shooting events. John Paine in the service revolver @ 25m and Sumner Paine in the free revolver @ 30m. My grandmother currently has the medals.