Originally posted by Checkernuts
I have a question for everyone out there who went to Unicon, did anyone Race, do Trials, Muni, or the Freestyle routine dressed as a clown.
Wasn’t there but suspect not. Why would anyone compete in an athletic competition dressed as a clown?
I know alot of you support clowning and I have nothing wrong with that, to each his own.
However I neglect to see that what we do is clowning. We ride arround on one wheel when most choose 2.
I don’t believe there is anybody HERE, who is unable to make the distinction between unicycling as an athletic activity and unicycling as a circus activity.
People that compete competitivly at unicon are surely athleats in thier own right. So why cant we give then that credibility they deserve.
Again, no one, I believe, here is disputing this. WE do give them the credit and credibility they deserve.
The public has a current stigma that unicycle=clown
This misconception is probably true, although it may in fact be that clown/circus entertainers as unicyclists, in fact, still outnumber the athlete unicycling population. This is speculation only, however.
and I do not believe most see it as a sport, or an athletic disiplin. We are athleats like runners, soccer players, and cyclists.
Both statements are true. I would argue that very likely good clown unicyclists, while perhaps not athletes per se, are probably very athletic.
Yet we struggle for respect with the general public.
I would say the situation is far worse than you suspect. I think before you get respect you have to get noticed and that is only just beginning to happen. Mountain bikers, from what I gather are starting to show some respect and those who see “Ripley’s Believe It or Not” may grant some respect, but the general public is largely unaware of and gives very little thought to the status of unicyclists. Most (in America at least) are too busy being pissed off at overpaid baseball players and their corpulent bosses.
Yes what we do is different so I expecet to be ridiculed somewhat.
Always wise to expect ridicule when you dare to be different. But we should also be grateful for the compliments and the fact that our presence amuses, entertains, amazes or even on occasion inspires others.
Am I the only one who would like to see unicycling become its own recognized sport?
(sorry for the lack of spelling and grammer I havent slept in almost 36 hrs. if thats any excuse)
GET SOME SLEEP, MAN! What are you a medical student or something?
Unicycling as an athletic activity and as a part of the circus/clown tradition are in no way mutually exclusive. Improving the publics perception of one should not involve damaging that of the other.