Most Difficult Olympic Sport?

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What do you think is the most difficult Olympic sport (single or team competition)?
ESPN ranked boxing as the hardest and I think that's insane as everyone knows how to box.

For me, the most difficult (top 5) are (in order).

  1. Synchronized Swimming
  2. Gymnastics
  3. Synchronized Springboard Diving
  4. Modern Pentathlon
  5. Triathlon
Let us hear yours....
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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    Gymnastics - the all-around events

    It's an extremely demanding regimen - which is why you don't see old gymnasts:p
    • Profile picture of the author wlasikiewicz
      Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

      Gymnastics - the all-around events

      It's an extremely demanding regimen - which is why you don't see old gymnasts:p
      This is very true, im going with this too.
  • Profile picture of the author GT
    I would say the Triathlon because it is three disciplines in one and you have to do them back-to-back with no break.

    GT
  • Profile picture of the author Kurt
    Decathlon, triathlon and boxing.

    Saying everyone knows how to box is like saying everyone knows how to dive into a pool because they can do a cannon ball.

    Going through a boxing tournament is very demanding. It's tough for a body to recover in a day or two to be ready for the next fight.
    • Profile picture of the author Adie
      Originally Posted by Kurt View Post

      Decathlon, triathlon and boxing.

      Saying everyone knows how to box is like saying everyone knows how to dive into a pool because they can do a cannon ball.

      Going through a boxing tournament is very demanding. It's tough for a body to recover in a day or two to be ready for the next fight.
      Yes, it is hard ... physically.. but in Olympics you have the headgear.. and have your own ways on how to dodge...

      In gymnastic, one miss and you're dead or having broken limbs..
      Anything synchronized under water is difficult..

      Originally Posted by Kurt View Post

      For those that said pentathlon...Why is doing 5 events more difficult that doing 10, like in the decathlon?
      I missed that one
  • Profile picture of the author Kurt
    For those that said pentathlon...Why is doing 5 events more difficult that doing 10, like in the decathlon?
  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
    Anyone that thinks boxing isn't hard, just try shadow boxing for three rounds. You'll get gassed big time. Now try it with someone beating you in the head and ribs and stomach 50 or 100 times a round. You'll learn the meaning of tough.

    By the way, that head gear doesn't stop your brain from bouncing off the inside of your skull. It still hurts or you wouldn't see people getting knocked out. Besides, the headgear doesn't protect your face, it mainly protects your temples.
  • Profile picture of the author Kurt
    Let's also toss water polo into the conversation...
    • Profile picture of the author Sumit Menon
      Originally Posted by Kurt View Post

      Let's also toss water polo into the conversation...
      Water Polo is just plain boring. So is Equestrian.

      And why is Handball even an Olympic sport?
  • Profile picture of the author thunderbird
    1. Rifle Prone: you have to be incredibly still and use a gun with the assistance of technology. If you aim it in the wrong direction, you could shoot yourself.
    2. Ping Pong: Very vigorous and dangerous sport. You could stumble and hit your head on the table.
    3. Beach Volleyball: It is risky, with a strong chance of bikini twist.
  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
    This is kind of funny. Once you make it to the Olympics you're one of the best in the world at whatever you do. You've trained your brains out. You're going up against the best amateurs (and paid athletes from some countries) in the world. It's all hard. Don't get me wrong, it's a legitimate debate, but I couldn't help but chuckle to myself when it crossed my mind that it's like debating whether it's better to start climbing a mountain with your left foot first, or your right foot.

    Carry on...
    • Profile picture of the author Kurt
      Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill View Post

      This is kind of funny. Once you make it to the Olympics you're one of the best in the world at whatever you do. You've trained your brains out. You're going up against the best amateurs (and paid athletes from some countries) in the world. It's all hard. Don't get me wrong, it's a legitimate debate, but I couldn't help but chuckle to myself when it crossed my mind that it's like debating whether it's better to start climbing a mountain with your left foot first, or your right foot.

      Carry on...
      And debates like this help make life a little more fun. It would be terribly boring if we could only discuss issues that were black and white.
  • Profile picture of the author sidfromla
    Gymnastics All Around


    Horse , Bars , Floor exercises ........ they make it seem so easy
  • Profile picture of the author Ericparke
    Originally Posted by Adie View Post

    What do you think is the most difficult Olympic sport (single or team competition)?
    ESPN ranked boxing as the hardest and I think that's insane as everyone knows how to box.

    For me, the most difficult (top 5) are (in order).

    1. Synchronized Swimming
    2. Gymnastics
    3. Synchronized Springboard Diving
    4. Modern Pentathlon
    5. Triathlon
    Let us hear yours....


    They all have the exact same level of difficulty. To be a the number 1 sportsmen in the world in any field is a lifetime of sacrifice
  • Profile picture of the author Michael Ten
    What about Judo?
    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      I take exception to a comment above - equestrian is NOT boring to those who know how much skill and training goes into both horses and riders. It's poetry in motion.

      I think the olympic events that look almost effortless are often the hardest to master.
  • Profile picture of the author nelspetty924
    I think synchronize swimming is the most difficult sport in Olympics among all because the players can't barely see their partner or team mate perhaps, so this requires complete focus in order to be synchronize.
    • Profile picture of the author Adie
      Originally Posted by nelspetty924 View Post

      I think synchronize swimming is the most difficult sport in Olympics among all because the players can't barely see their partner or team mate perhaps, so this requires complete focus in order to be synchronize.
      That's what I am talking about... and they performing like what? 10, 15 minutes or even more?
  • Profile picture of the author krialex
    I think the Triathlon
  • Profile picture of the author Ninja Ana
    For me water polo.
  • Profile picture of the author Dan Riffle
    Russian Roulette would be the most difficult to train for.
  • Profile picture of the author Patrick13
    Id say boxing.
    If you cant run very fast you just come last no big drama.
    But if you cant box you get your head thumped in. lol
  • Profile picture of the author HorseStall
    I have to say after watching the gymnastic feats, I'm truly amazed by the level of skill and danger.
  • Profile picture of the author winiw
    everything is hard for a lazy guy !
  • Profile picture of the author BloggingPro
    I'd say that gymnastics is probably one of the most difficult sports. I mean they are all difficult... that is why they are OLYMPIC sports.

    Sure you could argue race-walking isn't all that hard, but could you do what they do?

    I was watching a team rowing event the other night, and good lord those ladies and men are paddling like their life depends on it for what seems like the longest distance. Sure they are conditioned for it, but damn...

    BP
  • Profile picture of the author keyideas8
    i think boxing and gymnastics....

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