Originally posted by scacchipazzo
Most definitely a sport. Requires strength, fitness, great eye hand coordination, wonderful reflexes, stamina, ability to stand G forces. Those who have shook hands with Danika Patric say she has an iron grip. Can only imagine the strenght of the men!
The guy who works in my stock room is a big, strong guy who lifts lots of heavy boxes all day
long (strength, stamina). He operates a forklift too, which requires good hand-eye
coordination and reflexes when picking and maneuvering pallets from the high racks. Doesn't
withstand g-forces, but has to withstand poor air quality in the warehouse. Does this make
him an athlete?
Are pilots "athletes" because of the physical demands of their job? A bike messenger?
Construction worker? A guy working 12-hr shifts on an assembly line fitting parts that require
strength, hand-eye coordination, reflexes, stamina, etc.? Is the only reason they're not
because of the lack of entertaining competition?
I think everyone draws there line differently, but I say that race car drivers, though maybe
incredibly fit, are no more athletes that anyone else who has a job that requires physical
dexterity. Sportsmen? Sure. But not athletes. I'm not sure exactly where I'd draw my line,
though. If golfers are athletes, then are bowlers? If bowlers are athletes, then are dart
I put race car drivers in the same category as race boat drivers, motorcycle racers, etc. Maybe
incredibly fit sportsmen, but not "athletes." I guess to me it has something to do with
whether or not the human body is more important to the sport than the technology being used
to generate power or the process of the game. How would the sport look if advanced
technology were taken out of the equation? Runners, ball players, gymnasts, boxers,
swimmers, etc are sports where the human body is at the heart of it. I think those are true
athletes. But I'm willing to be persuaded differently.