I Always Knew the IOC was STOOPID!

But this is flat out insanity.

Quiet class.  Time for your history lesson.

Wrestling in the Olympics in Ancient Greece.

Wrestling in the Olympics in Ancient Greece.

From Olympic.org

“According to historical records, the first ancient Olympic Games can be traced back to 776 BC. They were dedicated to the Olympian gods and were staged on the ancient plains of Olympia. They continued for nearly 12 centuries, until Emperor Theodosius decreed in 393 A.D. that all such “pagan cults” be banned.

“The ancient Olympic Games were initially a one-day event until 684 BC, when they were extended to three days. In the 5th century B.C., the Games were extended again to cover five days.”

Ancient events included:

Running.

Jumping.

Discus throw.

Wrestling.  This was highly valued as a form of military exercise without weapons. It ended only when one of the contestants admitted defeat.

Boxing.

Pankration – a form of martial arts.

Equestrian.

So, class, let me pose this question– Why would the IOC eliminate a sport valued the world over, a sport as historic and traditional as Wrestling?

Well, in case you haven’t been paying attention, they did.  Why will Wrestling be eliminated?  So the IOC can make room for professional golfers.

The IOC already eliminated the very popular sports of baseball and softball because they felt they were too Western…  Now the IOC is eliminating Wrestling, a sport in which many smaller nations participate.

Wrestling has been an historic part of the Olympics, if not in fact then in spirit, for over 2500 years.

We have Olympic badminton.  We have Olympic ballroom dancing.  We have Olympic synchronized diving and synchronized swimming.  We have Olympic rhythmic gymnastics.

But we can’t have Wrestling?  Shame on you, IOC.  Shame.

My husband, who was an All-State Wrestler back in the day, plans to boycott the Summer Olympics until Wrestling is restored.

 

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I have an off-beat sense of humor and I love nothing more than to laugh until I cry.

I’m an animal lover and we care for  a whole stable full of creatures and they all get along – fish, foul, dogs, cats, mice, snakes, horses…we happily support an entire food chain of creatures and they all know their names…except maybe the snake.

I somehow managed to marry the love of my life, my soul mate – we first met when I was fourteen, and we have three remarkable children because I figured the best thing I could do for this crazy world of ours was to raise conscious children.

We are a bunch of sports fanatics – all sports…all seasons.  My husband is a runner, he was all-state in football and wrestling, and we hike up hills, down hills, up mountains and down mountains like maniacs.

I played softball, volleyball, basketball, soccer and aw shucks – was a cheerleader.  Love to ride horses – it’s been an obsession of mine since I was a little kid.

My son played soccer, football and now he’s into hockey and ultimate frisbee.  One daughter is as into horses as I am, she still rides constantly – she’s a real life wrangler – my youngest played softball and soccer and basketball at a very high level and she hopes to coach.

As you can tell – sports-obsessed!

Oh yeah, I’ve been a vegetarian since I was in the eighth grade!

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