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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Monday, August 18th, 2008 10:02 pm
sorry if this sounds ignorant but ...

Trampoline is an Olympic sport?

I guess I missed the coverage of this event in Sydney and Athens, but I caught the women's finals tonight. Made me dizzy watching it.

NBC has videos and additional info, including a somewhat surprising factoid in the "history of the sport" section indicating that the apparatus was developed by the Eskimos.

I mean, of course it was.

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kimie
kimie
KiMiE
Tuesday, August 19th, 2008 05:16 am (UTC)

Yeah, I had no idea it was an olympic event either. We watched it though!


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pygmymetal
Other LJs are available....
Tuesday, August 19th, 2008 05:21 am (UTC)

That was my reaction as well. They've added some new sports to 'keep the young-uns engaged', I guess.

Olympics for morons!

Those guys natter on and on and ON. They were talking during the volleyball about what one of the players said to her dad and I was like 'shut up, you weren't there, you're just making it all up!'


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Tuesday, August 19th, 2008 05:28 am (UTC)

Well ... they interviewed Misty May-Treanor's dad while he was in the audience. ;)


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pygmymetal
Other LJs are available....
Tuesday, August 19th, 2008 02:07 pm (UTC)

Don't bother me with facts, lawyer man.


:p



They still make stuff up I swear.


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solteronita
see the moon? it hates us.
Tuesday, August 19th, 2008 05:25 am (UTC)

When I went to the University of Oregon it had the only college-level trampoline program in the country. Fer serious.


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sushi4k
sushi4k
kris
Tuesday, August 19th, 2008 05:48 am (UTC)

Yeah. T&T (tumbling and trampoline) is a sport. It's a variation of artistic gymnastics, as is rhythmic gymnastics, although the focus of the two is almost opposite.

Two of my kids were artistic gymnasts for many years, and I was pretty familiar with the sister sports. All take a lot of training, skill, and nerve. :)



Edited at 2008-08-19 05:49 am (UTC)


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pilarcruz
pilarcruz
Righteous and Harmonious Fists
Tuesday, August 19th, 2008 06:39 am (UTC)

I can't wait until drinking becomes an event. I'm Olympic at that!


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girl_on_a_stick
girl_on_a_stick
stickgirl
Tuesday, August 19th, 2008 02:13 pm (UTC)

Please tell me NBC didn't refer to the Inuits as "Eskimos", right?

It was in the last olympics too. . .


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Tuesday, August 19th, 2008 02:33 pm (UTC)

The webpage does, yes.


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girl_on_a_stick
girl_on_a_stick
stickgirl
Tuesday, August 19th, 2008 02:57 pm (UTC)

Interesting. I thought by now most major news stations etc had done away with that term. It's sort of a sticky one for several reasons, but I've always been taught not to use "Eskimo."


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Tuesday, August 19th, 2008 03:13 pm (UTC)

Your comment prompted me to poke around the stickiness ... apparently "Inuit," while lacking the possibly derogatory etymology, is underinclusive of other other indigenous groups that live(d) in the northern regions. In other words, "Inuit" describes only the Inuit people, whereas "Eskimo" encompasses Inuit, Yupik, Inupiat, etc.

How about "circumpolar indigenous people"? Probably better than "those northern people who have 1000 words for snow and live in igloos and invented the trampoline from a walrus skin."


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girl_on_a_stick
girl_on_a_stick
stickgirl
Tuesday, August 19th, 2008 03:15 pm (UTC)

Right, uh the link I gave in the comments linked to that explination :)

Eskimo though still sounds really derogatory to me (and to more than a few Inuits I know).


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Tuesday, August 19th, 2008 03:32 pm (UTC)

Oops, that's my bad. You're right, I just didn't parse it all correctly. :)


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girl_on_a_stick
girl_on_a_stick
stickgirl
Tuesday, August 19th, 2008 03:33 pm (UTC)

Just find it interesting. I went from being told "eskimo" as a young kid in Alaska to being told "omg that's horrible prejorative term" as a teenager and sincerely trying to respect that, to now it going back . . .


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glowing_fish
glowing_fish
Matthew Harris
Tuesday, August 19th, 2008 03:53 pm (UTC)

But then what about the Sami? Which is the non-derogatory term for Lapps?
The Lapps did not actually invent Track and Field.


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Tuesday, August 19th, 2008 04:03 pm (UTC)

That's northern Europe, though ... I understand "Eskimo" refers to indegenous people of regions further north.


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ellettra
ellettra
Na zdraví
Tuesday, August 19th, 2008 07:12 pm (UTC)

hahahahaha, holy shit, i didn't know trampoline was an Olympic sport. that's good stuff. ;)

i mean, now that phelps and torres aren't swimming any more, what else is to watch?


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zind4gi
zind4gi
Bob Sahangin
Wednesday, August 20th, 2008 01:11 am (UTC)

You see how they (IOC) are going to drop softball/baseball because no other team has ever beaten the US men's or women's team since the sport was allowed into the Olympics.


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Wednesday, August 20th, 2008 01:30 am (UTC)

That might explain for softball, but in baseball Cuba won gold in three out of the last four Summer Olympics. The US didn't even medal in Barcelona and Athens.


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