Pole Dancing as an Olympic Event?
February 24, 2010
Get the f@$% outta here…
The strip club mainstay pole dancing – known as much for its sensual moves as its rigorous athletic side – may be headed for the Olympics.
“After a great deal of feedback from the pole-dance community, many of us have decided that it’s about time pole fitness is recognized as a competitive sport, and what better way for recognition than to be part of the 2012 Olympics held in London,” she said in a petition she’s preparing for organizers of the London Olympics.
Coates added that the prospective sport “has the wow factor.”
While her petition now has about 4,000 signatures, she is hoping to add 1,000 more.
Advocates of pole dancing say other even more unlikely sports have gotten the approval of the International Olympic Committee. Tug of war was an early Olympic medal contest, and curling is now huge at the Winter Games.
Yet, well-established sports like cricket and squash haven’t managed to get a spot for themselves at the Olympics, and baseball and softball recently got the ax. The International Olympic Community would need to recognize pole dancing as a sport, which could prove to be an uphill battle.
But pole-dance enthusiasts are hopeful about their chances to go for the gold.
“There will be a day when the Olympics see pole dancing as a sport,” she told The Associated Press. “The Olympic community needs to acknowledge the number of people doing pole fitness now. We’re shooting for 2012.”
Some dancers aren’t so sure about pole dancing at the Olympics because they worry that the sensual aspect of the discipline would be destroyed, and that old-school pole dancers might be pushed aside by gymnasts, circus performers and Chinese acrobats who could easily pick up the moves.
But Traskos notes that the notion of pole dancers competing for Olympic medals isn’t as farfetched as it was five years ago.
“Now, when you talk about it you don’t hear ‘like a stripper’ anymore,” Traskos said. “You hear things like, ‘Oh, my friend takes classes for fitnees’ or ‘Yes, I’ve seen it on ‘Oprah.’ “
Baseball and softball got the axe. There should be no way that this is an Olympic event. That give credence to people who think that Poker (but I just met her…) should at the Olympics. even as someone who loves playing Poker, this is a disgrace to all other real sports.