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I want 'cross in the Winter Olympics!!(16 posts)

I want 'cross in the Winter Olympics!!Jan Gerrit Klok
Dec 2, 2001 11:52 AM
What about you? I think it should be good for both the Olypics and for 'cross itself. Cold weather almost guaranteed. Artificial snow and ice always ready at the scene...
re: I want 'cross in the Winter Olympics!!humunuku
Dec 2, 2001 7:54 PM
Dec 3, 2001 1:30 AM
No problems taking it out-of-season for the summer olympics... and it would certainly add a totally different sport to the mix. Snow makes excellent mud.
Too rightmuncher
Dec 3, 2001 1:56 AM
Anyone know how some of those other "modern" sports (windsurfing, for instance) got to be included - what's the proceedure/criteria for inclusion??
Here are the rules for you:Jan Gerrit Klok
Dec 3, 2001 4:52 AM
Found on a Roller Skating site after Google search :

The Sport Must be Widely Practiced
"Only sports widely practiced by men in at least seventy-five countries and on four continents, and by women in at least forty countries and on three continents, may be included in the programme of the Games of the Olympiad." For Winter sports, the criteria is 25 countries on 3 continents.
(Olympic Charter Section 52, Paragraph 1.1.1)

The Sport Must Have International Standing
"To be included in the programme of the Olympic Games, events must have a recognized international standing both numerically and geographically, and have been included at least twice in world or continental championships."
(Olympic Charter Section 52, Paragraph 3.2)

There Must be Drug Testing
"Only sports that apply the Olympic Movement Anti-Doping Code and in particular perform out-of-competition testing in accordance with the rules of the World Anti-Doping Agency will be included in the programme of the Olympic Games."
(Olympic Charter Section 52, Paragraph 1.1.3)

There Must Not Be Mechanical Propulsion
"Sports, disciplines or events in which performance depends essentially on mechanical propulsion are not acceptable."
(Olympic Charter Section 52, Paragraph 4.2)
Here are the rules for you:Jan Gerrit Klok
Dec 3, 2001 5:08 AM
Maybe there are other rules for the winter games.

How many countries have sports such as:
- ski-jumping?
- cross-country skiing? (not a single Dutch competitor I ever heard of, am thinking about giving it a try)

If we´d get ´cross admitted for, say, 2010, I would try to be there as a cross-country skier (no competition in my country), and have a paid-for trip to see the 'cross races.

how many countries even have snow???bn
Dec 3, 2001 1:10 PM
Three words: Jamaican Bobsled Team. 'nuff said. [nm]Ahimsa
Dec 3, 2001 7:39 PM
those guys were a jokebn
Dec 4, 2001 8:29 AM
with a capital J. How did they expect to compete with the bobsled upside down? Weren't the Olympic rules changed to require minimum level of competition and prevent this type of farce and Eddie the Eagle (joke ski jumper) from occurring again?
those guys were a jokeGG
Dec 4, 2001 7:26 PM
Cept they beat the US the next Olympics. They are for real.
Not really a jokebob sleigh
Dec 5, 2001 3:30 AM
He did have to qualify remember, and there have been plenty of British downhill skiers that do OK, if not exactly knocking on the door of the World Championship...
re: I want 'cross in the Winter Olympics!!Jan Gerrit Klok
Dec 3, 2001 4:39 AM
I´d make use of the facilities of the cross-country skiing course, 'cross only takes one day. Just put it in the last two days of the tournament and there´s no problem.
Also, this way would make it a low-cost addition to the Olympic Games, and you gain a mayor international sport, with extra sponsors, separate broadcasting fees, etc.
Start with your National Olympic Committeetriangleforge
Dec 4, 2001 7:28 AM
The place to start any lobbying campaign would be with your own national olympic committee; I would think the Dutch & Belgian committees would be a (relatively) easy sell for this!

Also, the host city seems to play a big role in choosing some of these "demostration sports" -- where are the Winter Games going after Salt Lake?
Start with your National Olympic Committeecross bro
Dec 4, 2001 9:07 AM
Some have discussed this, most are not interested, reasoning that if Cyclo Cross was included in Winter Olympics, many other 'winter variants' of other sports Eg; Cross Country Running would have just as strong a claim. The I.O.C and vested interests want the Winter Games to essentially be for Snow and Ice Sports.
Deathly underrepresented!bikeboy_23
Dec 5, 2001 11:10 AM
Don't you all think that cycling is grossly underrepresented, anyway? Look at the minimal coverage we get, and especially the minimal coverage of cycling's many offshoots, e.g. track, DH, DS, and Cyclocross. I also think Cross Contry running would be a good addition, too. What I'm really driving at, is that a good majority of people probably have no idea that Cyclocross and Cross Country even exist except those invovled with it in some capacity. I don't recall seeing Cyclocross on OLNTV, either for that matter.
Deathly underrepresented!Jan Gerrit Klok
Dec 5, 2001 10:59 PM

You have over 250 million people in the USA, educate ONE to be competitive at 'cross, at the very top level, and all of America will want to see it LIVE. Didn't Lance put road cycling on the map for you?

Also, we could sit and wait for 'cross to be more globally spread...