Why Unicycling Should Be An Olympic SportAugust 12, 2012
|photo illustration by yours truly|
Today I interrupt your ordinary arts-and-crafts posts to say, "UNICYCLING SHOULD TOTALLY BE AN OLYMPIC SPORT! While I love the fact that unicycling is very unique I certainly wouldn't mind it becoming popular and having talented athletes explore the depths of what can be done on one wheel.
I've been bit by the Olympic spirit, having watched every gymnastics event with my little gymnast sister. So of course I was thinking about it yesterday while riding on a hiking trail. I can barely ride my unicycle backwards, but recently I've been looking at videos of some impressive athletes who do spectacular things on one wheel. Unicycling could totally be an Olympic sport, and this is why...
Reason 1) Unicycles are awesome.
Reason 2) Unicycling is challenging, rewarding, and a very diverse sport. It's still a young sport-- it wasn't taken seriously by athletes outside of circuses until recently-- but already there are unicycling events that mimic (and often 'branch out' to the point where they only borrow a few concepts of) a wide variety of events such as trials biking, mountain biking, freestyle skateboarding, dancing, ice skating, hockey, racing, and slacklining. Plus, you have the typical unicycle tricks that people think of, like juggling while riding a giraffe uni.
Reason 3) THIS:
(extreme off road riding)
(beautiful dance, like ice skating...)
(cool show with a violin)
(another dance, and a favorite song)
(WHAT IN THE WORLD AND HOW DOES HE DO THAT?)
(crazy circus tricks)
(Can you tell I'm fond of the dancing? This starts getting totally awesome around halfways through).
That is all.