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Old 2008-08-18, 05:32 AM   #1
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Lightbulb Muni or Trials as Olympic sport?

Hey gang, was wondering while watching the Olympics...
If ever a day comes when unicycling becomes an Olympic sports, which style would prevail?

MUni race: 15-30 people UP and DOWN a steep mountain on a 24 KH with Large Marge tire?

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Trials with heavy-metal/funk/rave/(insert favorite music here) playing in background with obstacles while displaying various uni skill sets with perfect 10s(like gymnastics) for scoring?

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Winter Uni racing around an ice rink with uni tires with spikes!
Ok, that's sounds bit wacky but then again my neighbors and friends already thinks riding a uni is wacky anyways.

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Old 2008-08-18, 05:40 AM   #2
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Trials with heavy-metal/funk/rave/(insert favorite music here) playing in background with obstacles while displaying various uni skill sets with perfect 10s(like gymnastics) for scoring?
I think that would basically be called "street".


Although I guess it could be looked at as Artistic Trials?
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Old 2008-08-18, 05:48 AM   #3
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definetly the street/trials

i could definetly see freestyle with figure skating tho...
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Old 2008-08-18, 06:00 AM   #4
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Nah, it would be road racing

Or Cross-country Muni
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Old 2008-08-18, 06:03 AM   #5
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Old 2008-08-18, 06:45 AM   #6
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Since there is no counterpart to ice skating in the Summer olympics, freestyle unicycling has real potential to be an olympic sport.

MUni and road unicycling might be viable if the course was a circuit/spectator friendly.

I personally would not want to see unicycle track racing at the olympics, and I feel non unicyclists would feel the same way.

Bike trials isn't even an olympic sport so I doubt Uni trials would be any time soon.
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Old 2008-08-18, 07:56 AM   #7
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I, of course, would prefer street (maybe freestyle too).

But I would say that racing of some sort is more likely, as I don't think skateboarding or BMX are in the olympics
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Old 2008-08-18, 08:06 AM   #8
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BMX is in the olympics.

I think freestyle is the best to watch for the audience there are enough races in the olympics, the street and flat riders are just to bad or not consistent for a serious competition right now. To be honest except from a few riders especialy the flat battle at unicon was realy boring. But I hope that unicycling will never become olympic, in my mind the olympics havent much to do with sport it is just bussiness to give a few athlets and many old man who are involved in the IOC money. It would destroy the nice flair from our sport pretty soon. I think the thing that makes unicycling so special is that we have the only sport I know which has competitions on a very high lever together with just hanging out and enjoying the convention part of a unicon or other event.
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Old 2008-08-18, 08:23 AM   #9
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BMX is in the olympics.
I just checked. It is in their, but only bmx racing. Although I was partially wrong, my point is just as valid as before, if not moreso.
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Old 2008-08-18, 08:42 AM   #10
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Lutz: why should unicycling become a worse sport because we got into the olympics. I think it would be a great chance to higher the bar and show that we are a real sport. Anyway I think unicycling might not be ready for it at least within the next 5 years.

If unicycling became a disciplin I think freestyle will deffinately be in it. Also the more spectacular disciplins as trials and muni might be an option as well as road - maybe it might just not be 10k and marathon but some longer distances - it is the olympic games anyways.
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Seen as the olympics are growing every time they are held and BMX has become an olympic event I think it is possible for bike trials to get a chance at becoming part of the olympics, bike trials is a growing sport. If this did happen the most likely style of unicycling that could make it into the olympics would be trials although if road unicycling gains momentum and the clown lable is lost that would also have a chance. I think that unicycling is nowhere near big enough to become part of the olympics and I would be surprised if it ever did. Personally I dont see the need for it to be in the olympics, especially because I think there are too many olympic events as it is.
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Lutz: why should unicycling become a worse sport because we got into the olympics. I think it would be a great chance to higher the bar and show that we are a real sport. Anyway I think unicycling might not be ready for it at least within the next 5 years.

If unicycling became a disciplin I think freestyle will deffinately be in it. Also the more spectacular disciplins as trials and muni might be an option as well as road - maybe it might just not be 10k and marathon but some longer distances - it is the olympic games anyways.

Unicycling would need to prove itself as a "real" sport BEFORE it went to the olympics, in order for it to even be considered.
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Old 2008-08-18, 09:27 AM   #14
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Seen as the olympics are growing every time they are held and BMX has become an olympic event
Maybe, but to allow BMX in they got rid of the 1km track cycling event. It was fairly controversial - getting rid of an established event to replace it with something that maybe isn't seen as quite so serious. Which raises another question - what would unicycling replace?

Either way, It'd have to be cross country muni (I don't mean easy before anyone says that. I just mean you ride up as well as down), although a big wheeled track event would be ace to watch.
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Old 2008-08-18, 11:26 AM   #15
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If they are going to add any new sports to the olimpics, all I ask is to keep the corrupt judges out of it. Make sure it has a start and finish line. The one who crosses the finish line first wins. You can't bribe a photo finish.

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