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February 25, 2010

Pole Dancers Want Sport in Olympics: "After a great deal of feedback from the pole dance community, many of us have decided that it's about time pole fitness is recognized as a competitive sport, and what better way for recognition than to be part of the 2012 Olympics held in London," says British pole dancer KT Coates. Here's video of current world champion Mai Soto.

posted by rcade to olympics at 11:01 AM - 28 comments

Wish I was a firefighter and an alarm came in during a dance routine.

posted by beaverboard at 11:13 AM on February 25

So now when you ask the girl what she's doing in a dive like that she can say "I'm training for the olympics".

Gives the girls another excuse instead "I'm just doing this to pay my way through college" (as Chris Rock says..."there's no clear heels in college!")

posted by bdaddy at 11:58 AM on February 25

Pole Fitness. Just let that stew a bit. So many great jokes here; such fertile territory. I expect only the best from you all.

Pole Fitness: The measurement by which one comes to deciding an accurate "pole" is being used.

posted by THX-1138 at 02:30 PM on February 25

Obvious publicity stunt is obvious.

posted by etagloh at 02:58 PM on February 25

"Oh, that's a shame. The Russian judge only gave her half an erection. With a full on boner, she would have taken the gold by a wide margin."

"Yes, Bob, but the handful of dollar bills she's leaving with should soften the blow of that half-chub bronze."

posted by tahoemoj at 03:08 PM on February 25

At least we know where the pole's been...not so much for some of these guys.


Number 4 is my favorite...

posted by dviking at 03:49 PM on February 25

All right, watched Mai Soto's video and it seemed athletic, artistic and not especially erotic. Indeed, I can see how it would fit in next to Rhythmic gymnastics and synchronized swimming.

See what happens when you open the door to events that are judged subjectively rather than objectively?

posted by Joey Michaels at 05:16 PM on February 25

I don't think I can comment on something that I've never seen sober with the lights on.

posted by smithnyiu at 05:32 PM on February 25

No. Just fucking no.

posted by Drood at 05:36 PM on February 25

Smallest Canadian paper money is $5. Smallest Euro note is 5 Euros. Smallest English note is 5 pounds. Unless Olympics are held in U.S. (which still prints the $1 notes), competition could get real expensive real fast.

posted by graymatters at 06:40 PM on February 25

All right, watched Mai Soto's video and it seemed athletic, artistic and not especially erotic.

Yup.

posted by rcade at 06:52 PM on February 25

Watch that video. They aren't that far off. It's cirque du soleil. Sick strength. It's no more erotic than the floor routine or figure skating. Both of which I find... Erotic.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 07:15 PM on February 25

Unless Olympics are held in U.S. (which still prints the $1 notes), competition could get real expensive real fast.

Sooooo... will the judging be based on who has the most dollar bills?

posted by BornIcon at 07:25 PM on February 25

will the judging be based on who has the most dollar bills?

Yes, and the artful placement, color, and style of tats.

posted by irunfromclones at 07:55 PM on February 25

I suppose "making it rain" would not be acceptable spectator behavior.

posted by Howard_T at 10:03 PM on February 25

Seeing as they have Curling in the Olympics as a "sport" , really don't think this is a stretch at all.

I'd like to see some of those Curlers try some pole moves (WAIT !!!) .. I mean, Pole Dancing requires much more athleticism than Curling.

posted by cixelsyd at 12:31 AM on February 26

Curling is not nearly as easy as it looks.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 12:35 AM on February 26

I think that next Olympics, all of the athletes should have a good old Chinese fire drill and play each others' sports. I want to see Shaun White do some curling.

posted by boredom_08 at 03:44 AM on February 26

I'd like to see some of those Curlers try some pole moves ...

Me too.

posted by rcade at 09:29 AM on February 26

Me too.

I don't speak German, but is she a curler? For real? Gaw---DAMN! I volunteer to make sure she measures up for Olympic pole fitness!

posted by THX-1138 at 11:35 AM on February 26

I want to see Shaun White do some curling

Guys I know who are considered "world class" curlers are always stoned and drunk when they curl - figure Shawn has half the qualifications already.

posted by cixelsyd at 01:04 PM on February 26

Relax, fellas -- anyone can pour cold water over an old blouse.

Before you get all worked up over the fraulein curler, be sure to pay at least passing notice to the US Women's Curling Team. There's good reason to take pride there.

If nothing else, the US team is a world class all-doppelganger outfit, boasting lookalikes of Meryl Streep, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Holly Hunter, and Little Orphan Annie.

posted by beaverboard at 01:24 PM on February 26

Before you get all worked up over the fraulein curler, be sure to pay at least passing notice to the US Women's Curling Team. There's good reason to take pride there.

Performance wise there really isn't much pride to be had.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 01:34 PM on February 26

Please, no more ...

My fault for initiating the "C" word discussion in a Sports forum, I guess.

posted by cixelsyd at 02:15 PM on February 26

It's no more erotic than the floor routine or figure skating. Both of which I find... Erotic.

This. I'm not ashamed to say I find this erotic, but no more than other sports. Put on 'hot for teacher' instead of whatever it is she's poling too and I don't think it looks much like a competition any longer.

posted by justgary at 04:16 PM on February 26

Relax, fellas -- anyone can pour cold water over an old blouse.

The pig in me invites such things.

posted by THX-1138 at 04:19 PM on February 26

Sport? Come on, man...its bad enough that figure skating is already part of the Olympics. Don't make it any MORE irrelevant, please!

posted by StarFucker at 11:14 PM on February 28

Sport? Come on, man...its bad enough that figure skating is already part of the Olympics. Don't make it any MORE irrelevant, please!

Figure skating not athletic ? I think you are mistaken, sir .

posted by tommytrump at 11:40 PM on February 28

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