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Is swimming a sport?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by theshadowman, Oct 30, 2006.

  1. theshadowman

    theshadowman IncGamers Member

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    Is swimming a sport?

    Do you consider Competitive swimming a sport?
    explain why you think so yes or no
    Or if you think you know why people think its not a sport also say that too
    thanks
     
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    Sir EvilFreeSmeg Banned

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    It is as much as NASCAR is.

    flame on!

    While we're at it:
    .99999999999 does not equal 1.00
     
  3. theshadowman

    theshadowman IncGamers Member

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    is that a yes or a no in your opinion?
     
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    yes why not?

    there's exercise, a team, scoring..

    the question then is why isn't it a sport?
     
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    I consider it a sport. May I ask why it wouldn't be considered one?
     
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    {KOW}Spazed Banned

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    It's a sport, why wouldn't it be?
     
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    Depends what you consider a sport.

    Personally, I do not think it is a sport, much as I don't consider running to be a sport. Is it competetive? Yes. Does it make for fun times watching during the Olympics? Sure. Is it a sport? No. I like my sports to require strategy, and for that strategy to change when you face different opponents. Swim as fast as you can boasts too little in the realm of strategy for my tastes.
     
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    Another "Is X a sport?" thread?!?!? What is going on?

    But yes, I think it is. I think this would be a given for most people, though.
     
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    I think where a lot of people get hung up on calling, or not calling, an activity a "sport" has to do with the association of the word "sport" with "requiring athletic ability." Seeing as how everybody's individual definition of sport varies a bit, you're going to get a lot of different opinions here.

    To me, any organized activity requiring physical prowess in some form that has an objective scoring system in place is a sport. Even in that definition there's some wiggle room (people commonly tell me that having an umpire or referee makes a scoring system subjective, which I can agree with only to a small extent), but under that definition, yes, competitive swimming is a sport. Using that system, any sort of race featuring physical strength is a sport by the virtue of a race being the most objective scoring system possible.

    (Man, I should have just said, "Yeah.")
     
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    swimming does require strategy.. in a swim meet. A swimmer can only swim a certain number of events in a swim meet. Different events are worth more points overall. The coach has to strategically put his swimmers in the right spot.

    Also during long endurance races, the swimmer has to strategize how much energy he's willing to put in for each lap.

    There's a lot of strategy.



     
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    actually it does have stratagy in a way, you have to map out what swimmer swims what event to win the meet



     
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    And this applies to professional (does that exist?) and non-school based swimming events?
     
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    pro swimming isnt like the NBA or anything i dunno if they get paid/how much i know if they get a world record they get 25000 bucks, but i think they still have it like USA vs Australia
     
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    It's a sport because Australia does well in it. :rolleyes:

    Seriously, not another "is it a sport?" thread. It's all just semantics.

    That's tactics, not strategy.



     
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    Semantics. . . ?

    Besides the whole tactics/strategy thing is based on time, a meet is an entire war.



     
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    I believe that it is a sport.But then again I am bias because I have done the whole competitive swimming thing.
     
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    No, there's an important difference. Tactics is how you deploy your troops before the battle, strategy is chosing to accept defeat at fort A in order to better defend fort B. I can't think of a single sport that truly involves strategy, there aren't even many that involve tactics.



     
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    :shocked: :shocked: :shocked: :shocked:

    Of course it's a sport.
     
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    It's like bowling, your opponet makes no difference. It's just two guys throwing balls and whoever happens to have a better game wins.
     
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    Does this mean we can bring back X vs Z threads?
     

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