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fushiyana



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 Post Posted: Tue Sep 25, 2012 6:37 am    Post subject: Gymnastics
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How come rhythmic gymnastics and figure skating are in the olympics, but not ballet? Isn't figure skating just dancing on ice? And there really isn't much difference between rhythmic gymnastics and dance, is there? So why are they considered sports while dance isn't?
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 Post Posted: Thu Oct 02, 2014 4:55 am    Post subject:
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Ballet is considered to be an art form whereas gymnastics and figure skating are sports with artistic elements. If ballet is to be included, what's to stop dramatic theater from being included? How about improvisational comedy? Sculpture? Any form of human endeavor? The line has to be drawn somewhere, and this seems as good as any.

Furthermore, who judges ballet? Figure skating judging is a farce -- notice how it's always the same half dozen countries contending for medals -- and there's no reason to believe ballet judging would be any less preferential.

Incidentally, if "figure skating is just dancing on ice", then so is synchronized swimming. Just because two activities share some characteristics doesn't make them equivalent.
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