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Which Olympic sport is the hardest?

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Fourth-Place Medal ranks all 32

 

 

There are 32 Olympic sports. Both you and I won't be competing in any of them during this month's Summer Olympics. But what if we could? Which events would it be possible to finish? In which would it be impossible?

 

Fourth-Place Medal took a look at the list of events in London and ranked all 32, from easiest to hardest. Our criteria was simple: How hard would it be to get through a single competition? Could you survive a 200 IM next to Michael Phelps? Is playing against LeBron James harder than Aleksandar Sapic, the Serbian water polo star? Theoretical success (or lack of it) is not taken into account. We're only looking at whether you could make it through.

 

Notes: (1) If there are numerous events in a certain sport (like swimming and track), assume we're choosing one of medium difficulty and not the marathon. (2) In the eyes of the IOC, swimming, diving, water polo and synchronized swimming are all the same sport: Aquatics. We're not going by the IOC list, which is why we list 32 sports, not the 26 official ones recognized at the Olympics.

 

N/A -- Diving, gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, synchronized swimming, trampoline -- We're ranking sports, not judged activities. These five Olympic disciplines require intense training, athleticism and skill. So do ballet, flying in the Blue Angels and calligraphy. And how tough can it be to win a gymnastics medal anyway? Get China to forge a birth certificate, wink at some French judges and voila.

 

27. Table tennis -- It's cliche to poke fun at table tennis, so I won't go that route.

 

26. Weightlifting -- I moved a few weeks ago. Being unable to lift heavy things is not as difficult as it sounds.

 

 

25. Beach volleyball -- There's only one thing that's hard to do on the beach and it ain't volleyball.

 

24. Shooting -- I'd call this guy a doofus but, you know, he's armed.

 

23. Badminton -- No such qualms with this dude.

 

22. Fencing -- Once you get to know a few pawn shop owners, it comes naturally.

 

21. Volleyball -- On the bright side, opponents are trying to find free space on the floor on which to land their spikes.

 

20. Track -- Fall early, fake an injury and then have your dad help you the rest of the way. The Visa money will be rolling in in no time.

 

19. Cycling -- Track bikes have no brakes and the banks on the velodromes look tough to handle. So I searched for "is riding on a velodrome hard?" First hit says: "You can relax! Despite the way it looks and sounds, riding a track is relatively easy and a lot of fun. " Definitive proof! No. 19 it is.

 

18. Archery -- Any sport that allows competitors to wear that hat has to be ranked low. Also, I don't think the Apollo spaceships that went to the moon were as technologically advanced as these crossbows. Somewhere, on a page I'll never read, Katniss weeps.

 

23. Badminton -- No such qualms with this dude.

 

22. Fencing -- Once you get to know a few pawn shop owners, it comes naturally.

 

21. Volleyball -- On the bright side, opponents are trying to find free space on the floor on which to land their spikes.

 

20. Track -- Fall early, fake an injury and then have your dad help you the rest of the way. The Visa money will be rolling in in no time.

 

19. Cycling -- Track bikes have no brakes and the banks on the velodromes look tough to handle. So I searched for "is riding on a velodrome hard?" First hit says: "You can relax! Despite the way it looks and sounds, riding a track is relatively easy and a lot of fun. " Definitive proof! No. 19 it is.

 

18. Archery -- Any sport that allows competitors to wear that hat has to be ranked low. Also, I don't think the Apollo spaceships that went to the moon were as technologically advanced as these crossbows. Somewhere, on a page I'll never read, Katniss weeps.

 

17. Tennis --Sounds easy, until you have to return a 140-mph serve from Andy Roddick.

 

16 . Handball -- Throughout history, this event has been dominated by the Soviets/Russians and Yugoslavians/Croatians. That inherent toughness more than makes up for France winning the gold in 2008.

 

15. Field hockey -- The ball is hard and the sticks come at you. Plus, the skirt could be difficult for some men to pull off.

 

14. Soccer -- A football field is big so it'd be pretty easy to stay out of the action. And if the ball does come your way, just fall down clutching your shin. You'll fit right in.

 

13. Basketball -- You know who's really big and can barrel into you at full speed in order to draw a foul: Basketball players.

 

12. Boxing; 11. Wrestling; 10. Taekwondo -- If this seems too low for three sports that involve you getting hit in the face, you're probably right. But if you go full coward and submit immediately, it'll be over quickly. They can't punch you when you're on the ground, right?

 

9. Judo -- "A judo match is won by a score of ippon. Ippon can be scored by a clean, forceful throw; by holding the opponent mainly on his back for 30 seconds, [...] or by submission to a strangle." -- The Complete Book of the Olympics

 

8. Swimming -- Fifty-meter pools are much longer in person than they are on TV. They're even longer when you have to swim butterfly down to the other end.

 

7. Rowing -- They get mad if you sit there and don't row. And, sure, the coxswain seems like a cushy gig, but you have to yell loudly, keep in rhythm to call the strokes and if you screw up -- the rest of the crew has big sculls.

 

6. Modern Pentathlon -- The hardest part: Remembering which five sports to compete in. (Shooting, swimming, running, riding and fencing.)

 

5. Sailing -- This isn't like taking a booze cruise off Montauk. Those booms come out of nowhere.

 

4. Canoe/Kayak -- What you picture when you hear "canoe" or "kayak."

 

3. Water polo -- They dunk you without warning and throw elbows like Bill Laimbeer. What goes on underwater stays underwater until it becomes a massive hematoma 48 hours later.

 

2. Triathlon -- A mile swim in the open water, followed by a 25-mile bike ride and a six-mile run. No snark, that's a lot of activity.

 

1. Equestrian -- Can you ride a horse? Me neither.

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Vacuous.

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Water polo should certainly be ranked above the #1 and #2 sports. Nobody is trying to dunk you in a triathalon and iyou can put your feet on teh ground to rest in most of a rtriathalon.

 

 

 

The equestrian ride is simple horse riding on a horse that loves to carry people around a course. it isn't a bucking bronco.

 

 

 

sailing around a copurse is only physically difficult if you are incompetent or hurrying and teh remainder of teh rankings did not take teh effort necessary in seeking succes into account.

 

 

Diving might be underrated as a lousy diver would ahve a hell of a time surviving teh ten meter dives.

 

 

 

But...Water Pollo may well be the toughest sport for a competitor to play the entire game necessary to actually lose while surviving to accomplish that last place finish.

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Water polo should certainly be ranked above the #1 and #2 sports. Nobody is trying to dunk you in a triathalon and iyou can put your feet on teh ground to rest in most of a rtriathalon.

 

 

 

The equestrian ride is simple horse riding on a horse that loves to carry people around a course. it isn't a bucking bronco.

 

 

 

sailing around a copurse is only physically difficult if you are incompetent or hurrying and teh remainder of teh rankings did not take teh effort necessary in seeking succes into account.

 

 

Diving might be underrated as a lousy diver would ahve a hell of a time surviving teh ten meter dives.

 

 

 

But...Water Pollo may well be the toughest sport for a competitor to play the entire game necessary to actually lose while surviving to accomplish that last place finish.

 

You got that right Gov..............4th place polls???

 

 

Polls only mean something to the people polled.

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diving is not a sport... it is the way a swimming race (ex backstroke and medley relays) starts

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8. Swimming -- Fifty-meter pools are much longer in person than they are on TV. They're even longer when you have to swim butterfly down to the other end.

 

hahahaha

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Any sport that has judges that determine the outcome, do not belong in the Olympics.

 

They belong on TV because they are sports of controversy.

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Any sport that has judges that determine the outcome, do not belong in the Olympics.

 

They belong on TV because they are sports of controversy.

 

Totally agree Dawg- Higher, faster, stronger is pretty clear cut. The easiest sport would have to be the hundred meter sprint, particularly if you aren’t very good.

10 Seconds effort and then it’s off to the bar to tune chicks in your national tracksuit.

 

 

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"Both you and I won't be competing in any of them"

 

Chris Chase will not be winning Gold in the grammar Olympics.

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Any sport that has judges that determine the outcome, do not belong in the Olympics.

 

They belong on TV because they are sports of controversy.

 

 

= Protest room?

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8. Swimming -- Fifty-meter pools are much longer in person than they are on TV. They're even longer when you have to swim butterfly down to the other end.

 

hahahaha

 

All depends if you're a gun swimmer.....

 

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Any sport that has judges that determine the outcome, do not belong in the Olympics.

 

They belong on TV because they are sports of controversy.

 

 

= Protest room?

Get a life.

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The entire Olympic thing was put into perspective by Aussie long jumper Jai Taurima after winning the Silver medal in Sydney. Asked what he thought of his new found fame he said 'I can jump further into a sandpit than anyone else in the country. It's a pretty limited talent when you think about it"

 

 

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I can ride a horse, and have had them bolt on me (big stupid animals).... Sailing just moved up.

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can't agree about triathlon -

- see 2mins...

 

 

Water polo should certainly be ranked above the #1 and #2 sports. Nobody is trying to dunk you in a triathalon and iyou can put your feet on teh ground to rest in most of a rtriathalon.

 

 

 

The equestrian ride is simple horse riding on a horse that loves to carry people around a course. it isn't a bucking bronco.

 

 

 

sailing around a copurse is only physically difficult if you are incompetent or hurrying and teh remainder of teh rankings did not take teh effort necessary in seeking succes into account.

 

 

Diving might be underrated as a lousy diver would ahve a hell of a time surviving teh ten meter dives.

 

 

 

But...Water Pollo may well be the toughest sport for a competitor to play the entire game necessary to actually lose while surviving to accomplish that last place finish.

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Water polo should certainly be ranked above the #1 and #2 sports. Nobody is trying to dunk you in a triathalon.

 

 

Some one should have told me that last weekend, I got overtaken by the fast women of the start behind me. They don't go around they just go over you.

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Any sport that has judges that determine the outcome, do not belong in the Olympics.

 

They belong on TV because they are sports of controversy.

 

 

= Protest room?

 

Agree however they are the Olympic Games, not the Olympic Sports.

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water polo. my God. And did you see the size of these guys? Massive.

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Any sport that has judges that determine the outcome, do not belong in the Olympics.

 

They belong on TV because they are sports of controversy.

 

 

= Protest room?

 

Agree however they are the Olympic Games, not the Olympic Sports.

99.9% of sailing races are determined on the course not the protest room.

 

Sailing is not determined in the protest room. IT has a finish line and some races have rules infractions.

 

Get over it.

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synchronized suicide bombing. Very little training, no pre event warm up but when the time to perform comes around the pressure to nail it on the first ( and only ) try is killer

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for me it would be sailing and volleyball. sailing with it's own language, mind set, and comprehension of mother nature and how it affects the technology we have developed makes it very hard for some to cross train into.

 

as for volleyball. in particular the act of spiking a ball is one of the toughest aspect of the sport, making it the hardest thing to do period. one has to be able to gauge at what pont to jump so as to reach the peak of your jump with your shoulder and arm fully extented to make contact with a ball coming back down to earth. add to that, you have to create so much power from your core, shoulders, and arms in "mid air" that does not give you any resistence from you feet that you would get if you were standing on the court.

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Any sport that has judges that determine the outcome, do not belong in the Olympics.

 

They belong on TV because they are sports of controversy.

 

 

Are you trying to imply some sort of distinction between "Olympics" and "TV"?

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Played water polo in high school. It's as grueling as it looks. The open water swim portion of a triathalon, especially the start and any turns thrown in for fun, is a bit like swimming in a pool while people throw the deck furniture at you. I'd still rate water polo as tougher.

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