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.

Spoilsports Personality of the Year

Despite the title* I’m actually interested in this weekend’s Sports Personality of the Year awards for the first time ever. Sport, in general, doesn’t interest me. The sports I might follow if they were given more coverage are usually ignored for the soap opera with inflated bladders and egos that is football. But this year even I have been interested, and even excited, by events.

As a cyclist I obviously want Bradley Wiggins to win. An Olympic Gold AND the first Brit to win Le Tour- few people are ever going to top that. Only if Andy Murray had won Wimbledon could anyone have a better claim to the title. But cycling is still a ‘minority’ sport in the eyes of some, so there’s still the possibility of Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah or one of the other Olympic wonders getting the award.

Ian interested in mainstream sports coverage. Truly 2012 has been an odd year.

*It’s a Carter USM song, from the Post-Historic Monsters album. I will never pass up the opportunity to quote a Carter song in a post (or book) title.

Formula Zero- the hydrogen fuel cell racing series

Motor racing is often a testing ground for features that eventually make their way into everyday vehicles. So a zero emission karting series bodes well. The karts run on electric motors powered by fuel cells and compete to see not which is fastest but also which is most efficient. A British team placed third overall in a recent race, behind Dutch and Spanish entries.

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