winter Olympic sports

In our time, parents who prophesy their ownchildren have a sporting career, they want to initially choose Olympic sports. They have such an indisputable plus as public funding, which gives a lot of advantages to both young athletes and their potential career.

A bit of history: ancient Olympic sports

As you know, the Olympic Games are held withThe times of antiquity - then they were dedicated to the gods of Olympus. The competition did not include so many disciplines: running, various martial arts, petatlon (pentathlon), horse racing, as well as competitions of trumpeters and heralds. Some of the first Olympic sports are still included in the official program - for example, running.

Olympic and non-Olympic sports

For any sport to become Olympic, it meansTo enter a new stage, more prestigious and promising. However, in order for a sport to be able to be ranked as Olympic, it must be popular on all continents, have international associations and an officially approved competition structure. However, there are some sports that are recognized by the Olympic Committee, but they are not included in the program of the Olympic Games.

For example, non-Olympic sports include many professional species that are popular only in certain countries.

For example:

  • many varieties of sailing;
  • extreme sports;
  • Many types of martial arts;
  • American football;
  • ballroom dancing;
  • cricket;
  • golf;
  • rugby.

Neo-Olympic sport does not mean unpopular yet! Many of the above attract mass viewers and even have their own funding.

Summer Olympic sports

The official program of the Summer Olympic Games includes 41 disciplines (28 sports):

  • badminton;
  • basketball;
  • boxing;
  • fight;
  • freestyle wrestling;
  • Greco-Roman wrestling;
  • Cycling BMX;
  • Cycle race;
  • Mountain bike;
  • road cycling;
  • water polo;
  • swimming;
  • diving;
  • synchronized swimming;
  • volleyball;
  • Beach volleyball;
  • handball;
  • gymnastics;
  • gymnastics;
  • jumping on the trampoline;
  • rowing;
  • canoeing and kayaking;
  • Rowing slalom;
  • judo;
  • Horseback Riding;
  • dressage;
  • competition;
  • triathlon;
  • Athletics;
  • table tennis;
  • sailing;
  • Modern pentathlon;
  • shooting;
  • archery;
  • tennis;
  • Triathlon;
  • Taekwondo;
  • Weightlifting;
  • fencing;
  • football;
  • field hockey.

Now actively discussing combating exclusion from the program of the Olympic Games, so it is probable that the fall from the list in the near future this sport.

Winter Olympic sports

The official program of the Winter Olympic Games includes 15 disciplines (7 sports):

  • biathlon;
  • curling;
  • skating;
  • figure skating;
  • Short track;
  • skiing;
  • Nordic combined;
  • ski race;
  • jumping from a springboard;
  • snowboard;
  • freestyle;
  • bobsled;
  • skeleton;
  • luge sports;
  • hockey.

Many of the winter Olympic sports are popular with modern youth as ordinary entertainment - for example, skiing, snowboarding or skating.

New Olympic sports

Olympic sports

At the upcoming Olympic Games in Sochi in 2014, three new disciplines will be presented at once:

  • slopestyle in snowboarding;
  • slopestyle in freestyle;
  • parallel slalom in snowboarding.

Slopstyle is an acrobatictricks when descending from a height. To include this rather extreme sport in the Olympic Games, it was decided in connection with its incredible popularity around the world. However, in the promotion of it, the US Ski and Snowboarding Association has mostly succeeded. Experts believe that it is the American athletes who will take the first places.