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vote in USA Today's survey on "10 Hardest Things to Do in Sports"(6 posts)

vote in USA Today's survey on "10 Hardest Things to Do in Sports"Tig
Mar 4, 2003 8:05 AM
I'm sure most here will vote on Riding in the Tour de France. These silly surveys come and go, but I like to promote cycling when I get the chance. Most people still have no idea how difficult competitive cycling is.

Your other choices are:
Hitting a baseball thrown at 90+ mph
Driving a race car at megaspeeds around a track and not getting hurt
Pole vaulting at heights of 15-feet plus
Hitting a golf ball long and straight
Returning a 130 mph tennis serve
Landing a quad in figure skating
Running a marathon
Stopping a soccer penalty kick
Skiing downhill at 80-90 mph
apples and oranges and mangos...DougSloan
Mar 4, 2003 8:16 AM
You can't compare those things. Anyone could run a marathon, depending on speed. Many people could never hit a 90 mph baseball, no matter how hard they practiced. Same with several of the "skill" sports. However, if you were a natural, hitting a baseball would be nothing compared to running a marathon.

Goofy question, really. What does "hardest" mean? Fewest people can do it? Most painful? Requires the most training?

Tour is doing pretty well...Stampertje
Mar 4, 2003 9:21 AM
It's currently ranked 3rd in the reader poll. I have to admit that landing the quad must be next to impossible - the number of skaters that can land it is smaller than the number of cyclists that have a shot at 2nd place in the TDF (behind Lance). Or is it just the RBR community boosting the poll?
re: vote in USA Today's survey on "10 Hardest Things to Do in Sports"Turtleherder
Mar 4, 2003 9:49 AM
The problem with the list is that they combine some events that take athletic ability and conditioning and others that take high levels of a specific skill. Hitting a major league fast ball does not require much conditioning but it does require freakish hand eye coordination. The marathon does not require much skill but does take alot of conditioning. Also, as pointed out above, how do you define each task? Is it contact with the pitch or a homerun? How long is the drive in golf? How much time am I given to run the marathon? Do I have to finish the entire Tour or just start it? What it comes down to is you really can't compare them to each other. They should compare things that are more related such as; is it harder to run a sub 10 second 100 meters or a sub 3:50 mile? As for the list my vote goes to landing a quad in figure skating, I believe only two people can do it.
Thanks for the biking isn't the best rant... I agreeSprint-Nick
Mar 4, 2003 2:58 PM
Thanks for sparing us all the cycling is the hardest sport out there and I can't believe they didn't put it at number 1. I agree that we should try to promote cycling. But at the same time comparing sports is like comparing apples and oranges... each sport requires training and talent... and each sport has a million variables like the number of people participating. So ultimately no matter what its hard to get great at any sport.

Err For not making it into a "cycling is the hardest"rant (nm)Sprint-Nick
Mar 4, 2003 10:57 PM