On the Internet I found a sight that suggests an Olympic sport for people who enter certain requested data. (1) It wasn’t what I was looking to find on the electronic quest. Nevertheless, it got my attention the way a squirrel grabs a dog’s attention. I had to chase it down.
I’ve often felt that everyone has an ideal sport they’d enjoy and perform better than other sports. Someone might enjoy basketball but not be successful because they are short. On the other hand someone six feet seven inches tall might be physically suited for basketball but hate the game. Then, there’s the six feet and seven inches individual that loves basketball and works at it for years. There’s an increased likelihood that person has found a sport for which they are suited.
The ‘Olympize Me’ sight I visited is based in the United Kingdom. The data it called for included metric system measurements. If you’ll not literate in the metric system you’ll need to make some conversions to get your ideal sport recommendation if you decide to chase it down.
The data entry takes only a few minutes and doesn’t ask you questions that might reveal your identity, passwords, and locations to send you fake news.
Granted, this was a game for me. Not like the video games people play, more like a brain game to see what the results yielded. The suggestions that came from the sight were interesting. Their results suggested the sports for me are: archery, cycling, kayaking, taekwondo, and fencing.
This wasn’t my first time trying an analysis similar to this one. However, this one did ask a few more specific questions than the others. What is interesting is how it matched other similar questionnaires and exactly what it is I’ve done or still do in sports.
Growing up in Savannah from the mid-1950s until early 1970s many of the sports the sight suggested weren’t popular. Cycling for example was not popular as a competitive sport in Georgia in the early 70s. Yet, I found a way, without the help of the Internet to become a cyclist. In cycling I was a particularly good sprinter and the UK site recommended sprint style cycling 46 years after I’d won a major cycling sprint championship.
The British also thought I might like kayaking. In fact, I kayak often and own six boats. Additionally, decades ago I practiced and competed in taekwondo . Although I’ve never done fencing a fellow that understood that sport once told me I was built for it. On that call I believe at five foot eight inches tall my reach might be a limiting factor. Then, I know nothing about fencing.
What is somewhat reassuring is that archery continues to rank top or near the top on every survey.
When I think about an Olympic team I wonder about the missed opportunity to have gone as a cyclist. When I had a serious chance no one from the US went to the summer games because of a boycott. Whether or not I’d have actually made it – the odds say no – I’ll never know.
What crawls in the back of my head is missing again any chance in archery because I shoot a compound bow. Wait a minute, you’re 64, there’s no way. Perhaps. I also took on of the surveys that suggested my real age is 36. (2)