Alternative Olympics

It’s an Olympic year, and, if I’ve replaced my recently deceased TV by then, I will be watching some of the action from Tokyo. But in the mean time, it seems that YouTube wants to show me some alternative sports that didn’t make the cut.

It started with extreme gravity racing, with lots of clips of downhill carting in, mostly, Ecuador. Check out this crazy drift trike race, and tell me you wouldn’t watch a show dedicated to it.

The redneck delights of Barbie Truck Racing are positively tame compared to it.

Then, I spotted Longsword fencing. I haven’t a clue what the scoring system is. But I don’t know it for standard fencing, either.

Because I’d watched the longswords, it was suggested I have a look at Medieval Combat. Which appears to be LARPing meets car park brawl. Of course they’re playing The Final Countdown in the background, and it goes without saying that the American commentator can’t understand why the Polish crowd is cheering on the home team, rather than the USA.

Stephen Fry’s Open Letter to David Cameron and the IOC

An absolute ban on the Russian Winter Olympics of 2014 on Sochi is simply essential. Stage them elsewhere in Utah, Lillyhammer, anywhere you like. At all costs Putin cannot be seen to have the approval of the civilised world.

via An Open Letter to David Cameron and the IOC « The New Adventures of Stephen Fry.

Carrying a torch

(Originally posted to the Spinneyworld blog by Damian. Re-posted here for posterity.)

As Ian has started the posts here on Spinneyworld with a local flavour, I’m going to break some of the rules he’s proposed in its formation and put a link to an international website.

aroundtherings.com has a wealth of information on the current series of Olympic bids and the politics behind them.