Join Date: May 2013
Location: Left Coast, Canada
Lots of sports are pretty expensive just to participate. Hockey alone can cost 4 to 8 thousand a year just to play. That's not counting equipment, tournaments or weekend schools. Some figure skaters have the entire rink to book sometimes. Ski hill passes, private coaches, etc. It's not just practice that gets you that far.
Lots of hard work and sacrifice will get you there but the Olympics have long been a venue for the rich. You may recall the problems a few years ago regarding the cost and under the table shenanigans of some of the selection committee members just to get them to look at the submission of some cities. Also the recent attempt to remove wrestling from the summer games. Remove wrestling??? One of the foundation sports of the Olympics? Reason is rich kids don't wrestle. They bounce balls and wave streamers on the end of sticks while dancing.
I do like to watch but prefer the contests of skill and timing and lots of action. Downhill racing, hockey, ski jumping and short track racing are some of my favourites. Cross country skiing is a bit like baseball; fun to do but boring to watch. The sports that are voted on by judges have had many corruption problems in the past and are a bit fluffy to be taken seriously. (in my opinion of course)
Not all those who wander are lost.