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Old 08-04-2012, 09:53 PM   #1
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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
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Gymnastics - the all-around events

It's an extremely demanding regimen - which is why you don't see old gymnasts


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I would say the Triathlon because it is three disciplines in one and you have to do them back-to-back with no break.

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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.

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For those that said pentathlon...Why is doing 5 events more difficult that doing 10, like in the decathlon?

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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..

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For those that said pentathlon...Why is doing 5 events more difficult that doing 10, like in the decathlon?
I missed that one

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I'm going with all-around gymnastics too. I've never watched the triathlon.

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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.
Olympic Boxing refereeing is a joke! Too much politics involved at the AIBA. Guess that makes it more difficult! Otherwise boxing seems tough.

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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..


I would bet more people have died from boxing than gymnastics. If you get a cut in gymnastics, you get stitches. If you get a cut in boxing, it becomes a target.

Granted, Olympic boxers wear head gear, the fact that they have to box again in a day or two offsets this, IMO.

And boxing is mano y mano. In gynamistics and water sports, you practice your routine and do it in competition. All you are concerned with is yourself. There's no reaction involved.

Like Mike Tyson said, "Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth."

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Olympic Boxing refereeing is a joke! Too much politics involved at the AIBA. Guess that makes it more difficult! Otherwise boxing seems tough.
I agree, just ask Evander Hollyfield.

However, I left politics out when I made my choices. Plus, there's politics in the other events, as well.

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<snip>In gynamistics and water sports, you practice your routine and do it in competition. All you are concerned with is yourself. There's no reaction involved.
I think this helps prove the point for gymnastics being the most difficult. They practice their routines hundreds, if not thousands, of times and, yet, they still can't do them perfectly.

If the discussion was "most physically grueling," boxing would be up there. I also agree that boxing is much more difficult than it's getting credit for in this thread.

There's also the "Holy $#!&" factor to gymnastics. You can tell how difficult the sport is by the number of times the competitors flat out amaze you. At least for me it's rare for a boxer to do that, but every gymnast seems to do a minimum of one thing that nearly makes my head explode.

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I think this helps prove the point for gymnastics being the most difficult. They practice their routines hundreds, if not thousands, of times and, yet, they still can't do them perfectly.

If the discussion was "most physically grueling," boxing would be up there. I also agree that boxing is much more difficult than it's getting credit for in this thread.

There's also the "Holy $#!&" factor to gymnastics. You can tell how difficult the sport is by the number of times the competitors flat out amaze you. At least for me it's rare for a boxer to do that, but every gymnast seems to do a minimum of one thing that nearly makes my head explode.
Sorry, don't agree with this reasoning at all. Boxers practice punching and footwork fundamentals just as much as gymnasts do their routines, although I do admit that sometimes pure "physicality" can win in boxing, ie George Foreman.

In boxing you have two things to worry about: Offense and defense.

Also, I disagree wih the "wow factor" meaning a sport is more difficult. There's very little "wow" in the triathlon.

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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.

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Let's also toss water polo into the conversation...

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I would bet more people have died from boxing than gymnastics. If you get a cut in gymnastics, you get stitches. If you get a cut in boxing, it becomes a target.

Granted, Olympic boxers wear head gear, the fact that they have to box again in a day or two offsets this, IMO.

And boxing is mano y mano. In gynamistics and water sports, you practice your routine and do it in competition. All you are concerned with is yourself. There's no reaction involved.

Like Mike Tyson said, "Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth."
I partly agree with you but we are talking about olympic boxing and not professional...

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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?

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Sorry, don't agree with this reasoning at all. Boxers practice punching and footwork fundamentals just as much as gymnasts do their routines, although I do admit that sometimes pure "physicality" can win in boxing, ie George Foreman.

In boxing you have two things to worry about: Offense and defense.

Also, I disagree wih the "wow factor" meaning a sport is more difficult. There's very little "wow" in the triathlon.
Fine. Boxers practice offense and defense. Gymnasts -- just using females here -- practice numerous events that involve numerous different skill sets. Vault, parallel bars, floor, balance beam. They can't fluff off any one event either if they want to be part of the world's elite.

Regarding the wow factor, the entirety of a triathlon contains wow factor. However, it's based on amazing endurance, not technical skill. I guess that's what I'm looking for when analyzing a sport for difficulty.

I could probably be convinced that the decathlon is more difficult than gymnastics, but I'm a little rusty on the sport. My opinion might change when they start airing the events.

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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.

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And why is Handball even an Olympic sport?
Watching a triathlon is also boring. The question wasn't the most exciting sport, but the most difficult.

The endurance needed by water polo players is legendary. Add in the individual skills and team concepts needed to play the sport and it's a very tough sport to master.

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Water Polo is just plain boring. So is Equestrian.

And why is Handball even an Olympic sport?
but hockey requires fitness and ability

i wonder who won
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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.

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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.

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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.
I agree. Besides, there aren't many issues that are black and white. It was just a random thought that popped into my head and amused me. I'm easily entertained.

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Gymnastics All Around


Horse , Bars , Floor exercises ........ they make it seem so easy
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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....


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
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Gymnastics - the all-around events

It's an extremely demanding regimen - which is why you don't see old gymnasts
This is very true, im going with this too.
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What about Judo?

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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.


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Water Polo is just plain boring. So is Equestrian.

And why is Handball even an Olympic sport?
I tried water polo...my horse drowned -
I'll stick with dry land equestrian from now on...
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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.
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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?

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I think the Triathlon
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For me water polo.
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Russian Roulette would be the most difficult to train for.

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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
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I have to say after watching the gymnastic feats, I'm truly amazed by the level of skill and danger.

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everything is hard for a lazy guy !

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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...

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i think boxing and gymnastics....
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I thought I should've rephrased my question to "Most difficult Olympic sport to learn".....

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Old 08-08-2012, 08:01 PM   #41
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I also think it's Gymnastics, even though I play volleyball and know that it's one of the hardest sports to play. Believe me, it's not as simple as you watch on TV. haha.
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I also think it's Gymnastics, even though I play volleyball and know that it's one of the hardest sports to play. Believe me, it's not as simple as you watch on TV. haha.
Aha! But, it is simple to make fun of beach volleyball. None of the Olympic sports are easy at that level of competition.

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I would vote for diving. They have to enter the water without splashing. How are you supposed to do 10 somersaults and not splash? Gimme a break. Thats ridiculous.

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The most difficult Olympic sport is the one where the equipment is faulty. Like the pole vaulter whose stick broke into 3 pieces.
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Weightlifting is the most difficult sport in Olympic and those needs in-game adjustments ability sports like fencing and ping-pong.

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Weightlifting is hectic!!! One wrong move and you have the potential to break bones and totally dislocate limbs LOL
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I think you can't compare them, on that level, there are no easy ones, just insanely difficult because you have to be almost perfect in that sport(5-6 hours of training+few hours of mental training per day for years...).
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Equestrian is INCREDIBLY hard. I used to train in dressage and it's a hard discipline to master. You have to be one with your horse, give commands, and look like you're doing nothing. All at the same time.

Gymnastics is hard, as are events like the decathlon and diving.
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The Luge! You get strapped to a sled and point your toes. Very hard.
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