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Rubik's Cube at olympics

Carlos

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No one thought about this or i missed something?

I was wondering about how would it be to get the cube to the olympic games. Does it need a minimum number of cubers to be considered an olympic sport? Does anyone know the criteria to add a sport?

It looks like it's not so easy, beacause we have the example of chess, which is not included. Anyway, speedcubing can be as exciting to watch as many other sports. There are time records and stuff.

I'm not thiking of this for today, but could be really nice for the future, the number of cubers is growing so fast :)
 
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18 would be no problem. Off the top of my head:
USA
Canada
Australia
New Zealand
Holland
Germany
Belgium
France
Japan
Hong Kong
China
Brazil
UK (or is it separated into the four countries, so England?)
Poland
Greece
Finland
Korea

There are tons more in the database.

EDIT: I only got 17, another would be... Hungary!
 
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Well, of the top of my head, I can think of (in addition to Dene) Spain, India, Iran, Mexico, Sweden, Taiwan, I'm sure I know more, just too lazy to think, haha.
 

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If we did get on the Olympics, how would it be set up? Single elimination (two people do an avg5 head-to-head with two stackmats, for instance), big races (everyone does a solve at once), or competition style? Would we do just 3x3 or a bunch of different events? I think this is interesting to think about even if it may not happen for many years :)
 

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18 would be no problem. Off the top of my head:
UK (or is it separated into the four countries, so England?)

Heh, seperating it into four countries, but obviously England is the most important one because you ignored the other ones =P

In the olympics, it's Great Britain, with Ireland/Northern Ireland competing seperately.
 

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there are much more glaring omissions from the olympic games as of now.

golf, for example, is a sport that is overlooked but would be an excellent addition to the games.

that being said, i don't personally consider cubing to be a sport, despite being serious about it, so i wouldn't support its inclusion in the olympic games. that being said, there are other "sports" in the games that i don't consider sports.

in addition, opening the olympics to something like cubing would open the door for countless other events. there needs to be an athletic standard to the events. allowing puzzle solving into the games would compromise that greatly.

even all that considered, i'd still be happy to watch it.
 
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There is one very, very, very large flaw. Only a set number of people can make it to the olympics, right. I thought cubing was for everyone, not just guys like Mitchell Stern, Rowe Hessler, Jason Baum, Sam Boyles, Dan Cohen, Gavin Nelson, Ryan Patricio, Tim Reynolds, just to name a few. Personally i would like cubing to stay open to everyone, not just the Kobe Bryant's or Lebron James's of speedcubing.

Oh, and if speedcubing was only for the fast people it would never be in the olympics, sorry.
 

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There is one very, very, very large flaw. Only a set number of people can make it to the olympics, right. I thought cubing was for everyone, not just guys like Mitchell Stern, Rowe Hessler, Jason Baum, Sam Boyles, Dan Cohen, Gavin Nelson, Ryan Patricio, Tim Reynolds, just to name a few. Personally i would like cubing to stay open to everyone, not just the Kobe Bryant's or Lebron James's of speedcubing.

Oh, and if speedcubing was only for the fast people it would never be in the olympics, sorry.
Don't call FMC speedcubing....
 

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What athletic ability does cubing involve? it doesn't even come CLOSE to ANYTHING else in the olympics right now.
Honestly.
Why are people even considering this?
 

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It's not a sport unless it requires some form of physical strength or endurance. Anything that doesn't at least meet that requirement shouldn't even be considered for Olympic induction.

As much as I love speedcubing... I've gotta say, it's just not a "sport".
 

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Hang on, so you two (hawkmp4 and Theron_Rabe) think archery is a more worthy sport than speedcubing? Because (I'm just gonna throw it out there) I think archery has to be the biggest joke in history the way it is done now, and is definitely less intensive than cubing, physically and mentally (and skillfully).
 

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There is one very, very, very large flaw. Only a set number of people can make it to the olympics, right. I thought cubing was for everyone, not just guys like Mitchell Stern, Rowe Hessler, Jason Baum, Sam Boyles, Dan Cohen, Gavin Nelson, Ryan Patricio, Tim Reynolds, just to name a few. Personally i would like cubing to stay open to everyone, not just the Kobe Bryant's or Lebron James's of speedcubing.

Oh, and if speedcubing was only for the fast people it would never be in the olympics, sorry.
lol wut. thank you for calling me an olympic-class speedcuber. if only people like me were allowed in, they wouldn't have speedcubing as an olympic event for long.... :p
 

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Hang on, so you two (hawkmp4 and Theron_Rabe) think archery is a more worthy sport than speedcubing? Because (I'm just gonna throw it out there) I think archery has to be the biggest joke in history the way it is done now, and is definitely less intensive than cubing, physically and mentally (and skillfully).
If it's so easy, you do it. :p
 

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Even if this would be cool, it will never happen. IMO, getting the world record would be way to based on luck, while other events are more based on skill.
 
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