So, I've been watching the Olympics a bit. And, I've been thinking a bit about it. It seems I have a few thoughts/comments about competitive sporting events.
The first is regarding swimming versus running. Why is it that there are multiple styles of swimming, but not multiple styles of running? Why don't they have an event where you have to run backwards, which would be a backstroke counterpart? Or, why isn't there a race where you hop on one leg, which would be more like a butterfly counterpart (just an awkward stroke in my opinion)? The closest thing I could think of was that there does exist a hurdling event, but other than that, what other individual running event is actually a different style of running?
Second, everyone complains about doping and drugs in the professional sports world. Now, I can understand if you want to make sure that professional sports are clean. But, in the Olympics, I honestly think that there ought to be an Open Olympics. There exists a Special Olympics for those that are disabled. I believe there should be an Open Olympics that are for those that want to be extra-enabled via whatever drugs/training/long-term doping tactic they wish to use.
I, for one, am really interested in seeing just how fast a human can run if they did do all the crazy drugs or doping. And, it would tell us what our drug/pharmaceutical technology has allowed us to achieve. We were able to travel faster as humans due to technology. We built rocket ships. How much more dangerous is doping than rocket ships? And, if the participant were fully aware of the dangers, then more power to them -- and the kicker is that we're not necessarily even talking about illicit drugs.
There are many competitions where competitors compete against others that are roughly at their rating level. And, along with those competitions, there exist open competitions where all the rating restrictions are dropped. I figure they might as well have an Open Olympics competition. This way there exists no allegations of cheating (insofar as drugs go), and we get to really see how far technological advances have taken us.
Ya, call me crazy, but I think it'd be worth a serious look.