Walking backwards

How do people decide which sport they will excel in?

Logically, the sport chooses them. They have a go at various activities and if they enjoy one more than another (usually because they are good at it), then that is the one they will concentrate on.

The choice of sports that we have a go at is, to a large extent dictated by the sports endorsed by the society we live in – if it’s not played anywhere, how can we try it? These sports are decided upon by various factors including;

  • the popularity of the sport with spectators
  • the rewards attached to success in a sport
  • what is considered cool by your peers – as a young male for example you would consider snow boarding or boxing before bowls or long distance spitting (I made that event up by the way).
  • So how and why do people choose walking races? You can’t imagine somebody thinking they would look cool gyrating their arms and legs in an unnatural piston motion for hours on end. And did some eccentric sports instructor spot them as a kid and say to them, “that’s pretty good walking son, you’re a natural. Ever thought of taking it up professionally?” And how do you decide if you are good at it? And it’s not as if the pay off is spectacular either – “let me introduce you to an Olympic champion.”

    “A gold medallist. Wow! What did you win it in?”

    I would be interested to hear the definition of walking, as it looks so easy to cheat. Where is the line between fast walking and slow jogging?

    Ultimately, it begs the question ‘why walk fast?’ If it doesn’t require that much more effort to slowly jog and you get there quicker, then that’s much more sensible.

    Every Olympic games that I watch I am forced to ask myself ‘what is the point of some of these disciplines?’ If there is no point to them, in the sense that the moves won’t come in useful in a conflict situation, then they might as well go the whole hog and have something really stupid like backwards walking races.

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