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Best chance at an Olympic medal for an everyday person?

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Created by Harrow 2 months ago, 27 Jul 2021
Harrow
NSW, 3906 posts
27 Jul 2021 4:10PM
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What do you think would be your best chance at earning an Olympic medal if you were to start training for something now?

For myself, I'm guessing 10m air rifle.

No elite athletic capability required, minimal cost outlay, I could practice every day in the hallway at home, no crazy hours for training that would require me to to quit work, and I used to be a pretty good shot when I was younger.

What would you choose if you had to try?

Buster fin
WA, 2384 posts
27 Jul 2021 2:16PM
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Yep. I'm with you there

Mark _australia
WA, 20595 posts
27 Jul 2021 2:24PM
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I think you would find its a lot harder than people estimate. The super-still hold when standing upright, and the technical gear setup, is insane.

I wonder fencing - it seemed it was all about reaction time. They seem to twitch and its a win. I never saw the sword move! Then again, probably a sh!tload to it.

Harrow
NSW, 3906 posts
27 Jul 2021 4:38PM
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Mark _australia said..
I think you would find its a lot harder than people estimate. The super-still hold when standing upright, and the technical gear setup, is insane.

I wonder fencing - it seemed it was all about reaction time. They seem to twitch and its a win. I never saw the sword move! Then again, probably a sh!tload to it.


No doubt I'd have Buckley's chance, but if I had to choose something I'm not sure what else it would be? I wouldn't be able to get my heart rate anywhere near low enough anymore anyway. I used to have a resting pulse of 44, but it's more like 70+ these days. Bullseye is only 0.5mm wide!

What else is on offer, maybe curling would suit some?

mainiac
WA, 7 posts
27 Jul 2021 2:43PM
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Seems males can enter all the female sports now so should be easy?

Craig66
NSW, 2197 posts
27 Jul 2021 5:11PM
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Remember Eddy????

Gazuki
WA, 1303 posts
27 Jul 2021 3:23PM
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Surfing,.. then I can justify taking time off work to the wife to "go train".

lotofwind
NSW, 6143 posts
27 Jul 2021 5:30PM
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You could nail synchronized swimming Harrow I recon.

Imax1
QLD, 3418 posts
27 Jul 2021 5:39PM
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Can I make up a sport to suit me ?

Harrow
NSW, 3906 posts
27 Jul 2021 8:49PM
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Okay, changed my mind. The 10m air pistol looks a lot simpler and not too athletic judging by the beer bellies. Plenty of older guys.... one of the leading competitors is in his 40's and only started the sport a couple of years ago.

Buster fin
WA, 2384 posts
27 Jul 2021 6:54PM
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Calling it a sport is a bit of a stretch though.
Pastime seems more appropriate.

Carantoc
WA, 5485 posts
27 Jul 2021 7:00PM
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Harrow said..
Okay, changed my mind. The 10m air pistol looks a lot simpler and not too athletic judging by the beer bellies. Plenty of older guys.... one of the leading competitors is in his 40's and only started the sport a couple of years ago.



Would there be some sort of limit to the barrel length ?

Could I have say a 9.99m long air pistol in the 10m category ?

Mark _australia
WA, 20595 posts
27 Jul 2021 7:04PM
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Buster fin said..
Calling it a sport is a bit of a stretch though.
Pastime seems more appropriate.


I think it makes more sense than those that are judged subjectively.
Things with artistic expression should not be in Olympics like the formation drowning event

Harrow
NSW, 3906 posts
27 Jul 2021 9:31PM
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Carantoc said..
Would there be some sort of limit to the barrel length ?

Could I have say a 9.99m long air pistol in the 10m category ?

The pistol must fit in a box 42cm x 20cm x 5cm.

Harrow
NSW, 3906 posts
27 Jul 2021 9:34PM
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Buster fin said..
Calling it a sport is a bit of a stretch though.
Pastime seems more appropriate.

I'd think darts might have more skill. And how about snooker?

bigbear
TAS, 146 posts
27 Jul 2021 9:38PM
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I recon I could be an ice polisher at the curling

Mark _australia
WA, 20595 posts
27 Jul 2021 8:04PM
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Harrow said.. The pistol must fit in a box 42cm x 20cm x 5cm.


Poor girl.

DunkO
NSW, 1074 posts
27 Jul 2021 10:10PM
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Mark _australia said..
I think you would find its a lot harder than people estimate. The super-still hold when standing upright, and the technical gear setup, is insane.

I wonder fencing - it seemed it was all about reaction time. They seem to twitch and its a win. I never saw the sword move! Then again, probably a sh!tload to it.



I used to fence. epee maybe, but not really

foil & sabre you'd have more chance beating italo.

sn
WA, 2747 posts
27 Jul 2021 8:24PM
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Mark _australia said.. fencing



I used to be pretty good at fencing - straight as a laser beam, and the finished job were pretty much horse proof - but I really dislike digging postholes

sn
WA, 2747 posts
27 Jul 2021 8:40PM
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Mark _australia said..
I think you would find its a lot harder than people estimate. The super-still hold when standing upright, and the technical gear setup, is insane.




bring back the good olde daze of Olympic target shooting - competitors had to use a minimally tarted up rifle as issued to their nations military,
7.62x54r [Russia/ Finland etc]
30-03, 30-06 [USA]
8mm Lebel [France]
.303 [British Commonwealth]
etc.

actiomax
NSW, 1545 posts
27 Jul 2021 10:42PM
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I used to fence & had just taken it up & gone from beginner to the advanced class & the class champion at the time reckoned he was going to the Sydney Olympics he paid heaps to get coaching almost everyday & within a month I was beating him & he was the worst loser ever & I thought that his tantrum we're absolutely hilarious and I convinced my dad to come join us as he had been the under 15 Australian champion & they wanted him to go to keep training & eventually go to the Olympics when the time came but he quit & startled working .
And he did at 65 & hadn't done it for 50 years and straight off the bat beat this bloke who had sort of been bullying the class it was absolutely hilarious
We would go there & fence with the class & let people score on us to encourage them & sort of help them learn especially dad but our deal was cause this bloke was such a prick never let him ever get a point which is what he would do to everyone especially beginners & I was class champion for 2 years but I never deluded myself I was good enough for the Olympics.
Its massively more physical than you imagine because it's all in the legs jumping back & forward & as a side note was very popular with the ladies as it keeps your ass nice & trim but it's all about reaction time and being fast I think it just must be in our genes some people have it & others don't .
I think it's like that for everyone at that level and that's why they make it look so easy I'm not saying training & dedication have nothing to do with it that's polishing a natural skill that makes them get into the Olympics.
So go through your family and find what seems to be an inherited skill & work on that.

Mr Milk
NSW, 2454 posts
27 Jul 2021 11:05PM
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So go through your family and find what seems to be an inherited skill & work on that.


Drinking?

Rails
QLD, 1299 posts
28 Jul 2021 4:35AM
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Mr Milk said..

actiomax said..

So go through your family and find what seems to be an inherited skill & work on that.



Drinking?


Those sort of boat races got banned didn't they?

JulianRoss
WA, 522 posts
28 Jul 2021 11:35AM
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If lawn bowls moved from the commonwealth games to the olympics, I'd have a think about starting a solid 2 week training program.

myusernam
QLD, 5935 posts
28 Jul 2021 2:27PM
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sailing. pretty easy. only reasonable fitness required. mainly knowledge based - i.e. you could learn as opposed to having to have a talent or genetic predisposition

TonyAbbott
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28 Jul 2021 4:52PM
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Harrow said..
What do you think would be your best chance at earning an Olympic medal if you were to start training for something now?

For myself, I'm guessing 10m air rifle.

No elite athletic capability required, minimal cost outlay, I could practice every day in the hallway at home, no crazy hours for training that would require me to to quit work, and I used to be a pretty good shot when I was younger.

What would you choose if you had to try?


I have tried 10m air rifle shooting. Fun but difficult to shoot as accurately as the pros. Some were putting ten pellets through the same hole

StKKiter
VIC, 80 posts
28 Jul 2021 10:17PM
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Windsurfing or kiteboarding (from next Olympics) would be the obvious answer.

eppo
WA, 8353 posts
28 Jul 2021 9:07PM
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What for an everyday person to win a gold
medal? Nup too many outstanding riders who are anything but everyday people.
Doesn't matter what the sport is to be the best it requires dedication, training and a single focus 99.9 percent of people just don't have, don't have the luxury to do this or just can't be bothered and would rather just have fun.

GWatto
308 posts
30 Jul 2021 10:33AM
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In reality unless you are already heavily involved with an Olympic sport you have bugger all chance of winning a medal
90% of Olympians don't win a medal, so maybe set your sites to just become an Olympian.
Find a sport you where you can get to a standard to meet the Olympic qualifying standard, identify some long lost lineage from a country which has a particularly weak team or who are open to bribes.
Change nationality to said new country, pay said bribe, book in for your Olympic tattoo, simples
Perhaps clay target shooting, not as difficult as air rifles or archery because you have pattern of pellets and you only have to break the clay in two to have succeeded.
See you all in Brisbane

Mark _australia
WA, 20595 posts
30 Jul 2021 1:01PM
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^^^ Hahaha oh my the clay target guys are fuming now

GWatto
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30 Jul 2021 1:24PM
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Mark _australia said..
^^^ Hahaha oh my the clay target guys are fuming now



Never mind, all they have to do is stand still & rotate 60 degrees while pulling the trigger



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