Qualifications for Olympics

Not that I necessarily agree, I know many of you would like unicycling in the
olympics. What are the qualifications to get into the olympics? Why is it that
unicycling is not yet in the olympics? A friend told me they saw a trampoline
competition in the olympics (or maybe that was just part of the gymnastic
competition?) If anything, I wonder if artistic/standard unicycling could fall
under gymnastics. Seems that extreme sports might be the way to go (especially
if skateboarding qualifies).

Uni-versally yours, Unicycle Lady http://users.aol.com/unilady/ “A Smile is a
Wondrous Thing”

In a message dated 9/25/0 5:43:38 PM, jack@mail.hinocatv.ne.jp wrote:

In message “RE: Dead newsgroup; let’s talk about UNICON!”, John Foss wrote…
>> Holding the NUC and UNICON on the same days is bad enough. Making a
> >> single competition event count for both the NUC and UNICON standings will
> >> cripple the sport of unicycling in regards to its chances of becoming an
> >> Olympic sport! Can anyone name an Olympic sport where a national
> >> championships and world championships were combined?

RE: Qualifications for Olympics

> Unilady@aol.com wrote:

> What are the qualifications to get into the Olympics?

Keniwasa wrote:

> Trampoline’s new to this year’s Olympics and is not a part of any other event.
> Unicycling would be similar to trampoline in that it also wouldn’t fall under
> gymnastics.
>
> I think that trampolining has quite a few regional/national/international
> competitions and that probably helps establish a kind of “legitimacy” that’s
> necessary for inclusion.

Trampoline is another sport that started off as a circus skill and has now made
the Olympics. In a nutshell, here is (a very condensed version of) what you’re
supposed to have to get your sport into the Olympics:

  • National organizations with national championships in about 40 countries
  • Those organizations must be recognized by the international governing body of
    the sport (in our case the IUF)
  • International governing body must be recognized by the IOC (International
    Olympic Committee)

These are things we have been told in the past. It gives us lots of good healthy
goals to work on. At present, there are only a handful of countries that have
national unicycling organizations that are actually recognized by their
governments. In the IUF corporate charter is the statement that one of our goals
is to reach Olympic status, so it’s not something the IUF can just forget about.
However, nothing in there says we can’t also shoot for the X Games, or do other
things on that path to our Olympic goal.

Though some very obscure sports are in the Olympics (I like to use Luge as an
example), other major sports are not (such as American Football, Golf, and auto
racing). So just being big doesn’t get you there either. In working toward our
Olympic goal, we will accomplish the other goals of the organization; to spread
the sport of unicycling to as many people as possible by providing exposure to
it, information about it, and places for people to do it.

Currently, China is working hard on a bid for the 2008 Olympics. Because China
has a strong unicycling organization, if we play our cards right, there is the
chance that there could be a demonstration of unicycling at those Olympics. One
of my local riders, John Hooten, has contacts on the International Olympic
Committee, and he may be able to work with them to promote this idea by showing
them some video and providing other information. This is a good positive path
for us as a sport.

Meanwhile, unicycling has been having a surge in publicity. I’ve been hearing
lots of accounts of unicycling on TV, in magazines, and even in clothing
catalogs. As more people become exposed, more will be seeking information and
wanting to learn to ride. It’s up to us to be there when these people come
looking for help, and get them introduced to unicycling so they can have fun and
pass it on. This is the beginning of a possible mushroom of growth for our
sport. Let’s run with it!

Stay on top, John Foss President, International Unicycling Federation President,
Unicycling Society of America (reply to jfoss@unicycling.com)
http://www.unicycling.com

Re: Qualifications for Olympics

In article <97.b211f86.27018779@aol.com>, Unilady@aol.com wrote:
>
> Not that I necessarily agree, I know many of you would like
unicycling
> in the olympics. What are the qualifications to get into the
olympics?
> Why is it that unicycling is not yet in the olympics? A friend told
me
> they saw a trampoline competition in the olympics (or maybe that was
> just part of the gymnastic competition?) If anything, I wonder if
> artistic/standard unicycling could fall under gymnastics. Seems that
> extreme sports might be the way to go (especially if skateboarding
qualifies).

Trampoline’s new to this year’s Olympics and is not a part of any other event.
Unicycling would be similar to trampoline in that it also wouldn’t fall under
gymnastics.

I think that trampolining has quite a few regional/national/international
competitions and that probably helps establish a kind of “legitimacy” that’s
necessary for inclusion.

The Olympics probably isn’t the goal it used to be given that the coverage has
been less than stellar. I think the X-games might be a better goal, especially
if being seen at all is important. There were tons and tons of events that
weren’t shown, after all.

>
> Uni-versally yours, Unicycle Lady http://users.aol.com/unilady/ "A Smile is a
> Wondrous Thing"
>
> In a message dated 9/25/0 5:43:38 PM, jack@mail.hinocatv.ne.jp wrote:
>
> In message “RE: Dead newsgroup; let’s talk about UNICON!”, John Foss wrote…
> >> Holding the NUC and UNICON on the same days is bad enough.
Making a
> > >> single competition event count for both the NUC and UNICON standings will
> > >> cripple the sport of unicycling in regards to its chances of becoming an
> > >> Olympic sport! Can anyone name an Olympic sport where a national
> > >> championships and world championships were combined?
>

Ken

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Re: Qualifications for Olympics

The main thing holding back unicycling as an olympic sport is that 40 countries
thing, which is actually 70 for men’s and 40 for women’s probably due to the
negative imag eof women as athlete’s in some countries. The winter olympics
however is only 25 countres, because not all countries even have winter. That
would explain why luge is a sport.

The examples given of American football and Golf aren’t in the olympics because
they are only popularin a few countries. American football is very limited, Golf
is only popular in economically wealthier countries, and autracing is too
depending on machinery, over athletic performance.

So, until unicycles become hugely available in third world countries there isn’t
much chance for unicycling in the olympics. We only had about 20 countries
represented in China, so we’re only half way there.

Just my $.02 Jeff Sargeant USC Class of 2004

> Trampoline is another sport that started off as a circus skill and has now
> made the Olympics. In a nutshell, here is (a very condensed version of) what
> you’re supposed to have to get your sport into the Olympics:
> - National organizations with national championships in about 40 countries
> - Those organizations must be recognized by the international governing body
> of the sport (in our case the IUF)
> - International governing body must be recognized by the IOC (International
> Olympic Committee)

> Though some very obscure sports are in the Olympics (I like to use Luge as
> an example), other major sports are not (such as American Football, Golf,
> and auto racing). So just being big doesn’t get you there either. In working
> toward our Olympic goal, we will accomplish the other goals of the
> organization; to spread the sport of unicycling to as many people as
> possible by providing exposure to it, information about it, and places for
> people to do it.
>
> Currently, China is working hard on a bid for the 2008 Olympics. Because China
> has a strong unicycling organization, if we play our cards right, there is the
> chance that there could be a demonstration of unicycling at those Olympics.
> One of my local riders, John Hooten, has contacts on the International Olympic
> Committee, and he may be able to work with them to promote this idea by
> showing them some video and providing other information. This is a good
> positive path for us as a sport.
>
> Meanwhile, unicycling has been having a surge in publicity. I’ve been hearing
> lots of accounts of unicycling on TV, in magazines, and even in clothing
> catalogs. As more people become exposed, more will be seeking information and
> wanting to learn to ride. It’s up to us to be there when these people come
> looking for help, and get them introduced to unicycling so they can have fun
> and pass it on. This is the beginning of a possible mushroom of growth for our
> sport. Let’s run with it!
>
> Stay on top, John Foss President, International Unicycling Federation
> President, Unicycling Society of America (reply to jfoss@unicycling.com)
> http://www.unicycling.com

Re: Qualifications for Olympics

Greetings

In message “Qualifications for Olympics”, Unilady@aol.com wrote…
>
>Not that I necessarily agree, I know many of you would like unicycling in the
>olympics. What are the qualifications to get into the olympics?

Elevating unicycling to Olympic status is a declared goal of the IUF. We still
have a long way to go, but we will get there. One small step in the direction is
the World Games. As I announced at the general meeting of the IUF at UX, they
have invited us to do a demonstration at the 2001 World Games in Akita, Japan. I
will announce more details as they become available.

Who knows, may that is a stepping stone to giving a demosntration at the
Olympics in 2004? Perhaps we should form a committee to work on this. It is
certainly a worthy goal.

>Why is it that unicycling is not yet in the olympics? A friend told me they
>saw a trampoline competition in the olympics (or maybe that was just part of
>the gymnastic competition?) If anything, I wonder if artistic/standard
>unicycling could fall under gymnastics. Seems that extreme sports might be the
>way to go (especially if skateboarding qualifies).
>
>Uni-versally yours, Unicycle Lady http://users.aol.com/unilady/ "A Smile is a
>Wondrous Thing"
>
>In a message dated 9/25/0 5:43:38 PM, jack@mail.hinocatv.ne.jp wrote:
>
> In message “RE: Dead newsgroup; let’s talk about UNICON!”, John Foss wrote…
> >> Holding the NUC and UNICON on the same days is bad enough. Making a
>> >> single competition event count for both the NUC and UNICON standings will
>> >> cripple the sport of unicycling in regards to its chances of becoming an
>> >> Olympic sport! Can anyone name an Olympic sport where a national
>> >> championships and world championships were combined?
>
>

Stay on top, Jack Halpern, IUF Vice President Website: http://www.kanji.org

Re: Qualifications for Olympics

In article <jsargean-2609001342150001@res-0106.usc.edu>, Jeff Sargeant
<jsargean@usc.edu> wrote: )The main thing holding back unicycling as an olympic
sport is that 40 )countries thing, which is actually 70 for men’s and 40 for
women’s )probably due to the negative imag eof women as athlete’s in some
)countries. The winter olympics however is only 25 countres, because not )all
countries even have winter. That would explain why luge is a sport.

Anyone ever unicycle down a bobsled run? -Tom

Re: Qualifications for Olympics

> Trampoline’s new to this year’s Olympics and is not a part of any other event.
> Unicycling would be similar to trampoline in that it also wouldn’t fall under
> gymnastics.

Actually, trampolining IS regarded as a gymnastic event at the Sydney 2000
Olympics. Consequently, Ji Wallace (who got silver) is regarded as the winner of
Australia’s first-ever medal in gymnastics.

(uni)CYCLING EVENTS…

Wouldn’t all the Uni-in-the-olympics crew here also like some track (racing)
events? What about Muni (there’s Mountain Biking)… and how about the
velodrome?? I think I’ll stick to the flat, meself :slight_smile:

Re: Qualifications for Olympics

> Anyone ever unicycle down a bobsled run?

No, but I did unicycle down a toboggan water slide once for a radio station
promotion.

I got to within 60 cm of the bottom of the 20 metre ramp and then took a flying
leap into the pool at the bottom. I had fun.

Wayne.