Let’s improve the Winter Olympics!

Is it just me, or do the Olympics seem to be a little too elite? Do you agree with me that it’s time for the Olympics to add sports that the everyday man or woman can perform? Sports that don’t require special equipment, uniforms or training?

In an effort to make future Winter Olympics more enjoyable and easier for the masses to attempt to get medals, I’ve put together the following suggestions for new sports that need to be added. Please note that the costs for adding these sports to the next winter games would be very small, if any additional costs would arise at all.


  • Speed shoveling: Preformed  singly, in pairs and in groups, this sport focuses on shoveling different objects the  fastest, i.e. Sidewalks, Driveways, roofs and the combo event where the competitors shovel all three in a limited amount of time.
  • Freestyle shoveling: An untimed event focused on shoveling patterns in freshly fallen snow.
  • The Snow Clearing biathlon:  Shoveling a sidewalk and salting it to keep ice from forming in a twenty MPH wind (large fans will be needed to adjust the wind speed).
  • Igloo building: This event in judged by three things: speed, durability and elegance. Double points are added if running water is provided by ice pipes.
  • Ice carving: While a bit more training is required for this sport, the final products can be displayed during the athletes supper.
  • Skateless figure skating: That’s right, basically slipping and sliding on slightly melting ice, worth many laughs and medals are awarded to anyone who can remain on their feet for twenty minutes. Another bonus is that all competitors can compete at the same time.
  • Snow person building: If you don’t think this would be a sport, look at the snow people in ‘Meet me in St. Louis’, those are marvels and would deserve gold, silver and bronze medals in my mind.
  • Snowball fighting: This would basically be the equivalent of fencing for the winter Olympics, you could even have sensors to detect a hit.

Those are my suggestions, I’m sure that there are many other potential sports that I haven’t thought of.

What do you think? Are any of these ‘sports’ something you’d like to try out for in future Winter Olympics?

Thanks for reading!


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