Pole Dancing as an Olympic Event?

February 24, 2010

I bet she will be the coach of the U.S. Olympic team...She is world class...

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.

A group of pole-dance advocates is hoping for a “test” event in 2012 and a more formal pitch four years after that, in Rio de Janeiro, according to The Associated Press.

KT Coates, a prominent pole dancer in England and director of Vertical Dance, is leading the Olympic push.

“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.

“It’s just a matter of time before pole dancing gets Olympic recognition,” says Ania Przeplasko of Hong Kong, founder of the International Pole Dancing Fitness Association.

“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.

“I don’t need to see pole dancing in the Olympics,” U.S. Pole Dance Federation co-founder Wendy Traskos said. “I don’t think this is necessarily the path that we need to take, as a sport.”

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.

Going for the GOLD!

One Response to “Pole Dancing as an Olympic Event?”

  1. tophatal said

    Steve

    That’s the only type of pole that I’m interested in. Other than a bright Polish chic’ that is ! Political and census polls are out as they’re a complete waste of time !

    But might I suggest that might also be added to the upcoming event , should it ever take place ? See below .

    Check out Rosalyn Sanchez from the movie ‘Boat Trip’. Watch how she suggestively deals with a banana . It’s enough to make a grown man weep for joy and then some !

    Alan Parkins

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