Why Swimming Is Not a Sport

June 08, 2015 12 Comments

 

The Definition of a sport via Google is " an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment." So with that being said let me shed a little light on why swimming is not a sport...

It’s Just Not Hard Enough

There's hardly any physical exertion involved in swimming. Besides the fact you are suspended in a substance simulating Zero Gravity and have to use every muscle in your body to propel yourself forward. It's just not that hard. 

It Doesn’t Take Any Talent

Anybody can make the Olympics. Seriously, ask any olympian and they’ll tell you they woke up one morning said “Hey, I’d like to make an olympic team in swimming.” and then next day they did it. That's how it works.

You Don’t Have to Sacrifice Anything

Elite swimmers have incredible social lives, stay out late, and have plenty of time to play video games. So, no you really don’t need to give anything up at all!

Not Enough People Do It

Since there’s only more than 400,000 registered swimmers in the U.S....it's really not big enough to considered a sport. I mean after all 2 people make the United States Olympic in each individual race team every four years so your chances are pretty good.

Disclaimer

**In preparation for angry swimmers reading this article. Swimming is absolutely a sport and this was written with incredible amounts of sarcasm. Please don't throw your swim caps at me.

12 Responses

A swimmer
A swimmer

July 16, 2017

I want anyone agreeing with this to go out, and swim a 200 butterfly, legally and as fast as possible and tell me that it wasn’t hard. Not only do you have to propel yourself forward, but you have to fight for every breath, even though it makes you slower, with that being said it proves it takes a mindset, and game plan, not just sitting there pushing your body forward.

Swimming:
More kicks that a scooter player
More arm movements that a basketball, boxer,tennis player combined
More flips than a cheerleader
If swimming isn’t a sport, than nothing is, I hope the creator reads this because he actually needs mental help

A swimmer
A swimmer

March 23, 2017

So, none of you have ever heard of sarcasm before have you?

A swimmer
A swimmer

February 25, 2017

Ok…… so when you said anybody could make it to the Olympics, ask the people who made it to the Olympic trials! There was 500 people who went there and only few came out! How bout this, you try and work your freakin but off and I bet you that even me, a 13 year old could whip your butt! And dude, when you said all you have to do is use all your muscle, how does that sound easy! I know it’s a short distance, but when you are swimming to the point your coach is having to drag you out of the pool, that is not easy, it’s excruciating! You may not have a ball, or injurys, or as much hype, but I’d say that swimming is a sport! I mean, people wouldn’t be doing it in the Olympics! And plus, it’s not like football will ever be in the Olympics! And just saying, if you think it is so easy, try coming to one of my practices, you will want an ice bath after the practice. Just think, 2 hours of sprinting your heart out, yeah and you think that’s easy! You just wait…..

Laney
Laney

February 09, 2017

People aren’t actually thinking this is serious right ?? make sure you read the disclaimer

Austin Butler
Austin Butler

February 08, 2017

I really like this because swimming isn’t a sport, it’s a death wish. For some reason though we always come back to it and love it though

Audrey
Audrey

January 24, 2017

It is too and it is the most popular Olympic sport ?

A SWIMMER
A SWIMMER

November 11, 2016

Everyone needs to stop. All my life up until the 7th grade I was looking for the right SPORT for me. I signed up for my schools swim team. After about a month of practice I was in the best shape I had been in in years. I felt healthy. Happy. Now let me tell you a little bit about why swimming IS a sport. This was my warm up. A 200( down and back 4 times) a 100( down and back 2 times) and I would often do more than one 200 and 100. But it doesn’t stop there. There’s 500’s. Just imagine. So we don’t run on a field and get dirty. WHO CARES. Don’t know if you realize that during a meet if you touch the bottom you get disqualified. So go to the pool. Swim a few 200’s. Then get back to me.

Thomas Paine
Thomas Paine

July 01, 2016

Lol guys it is a joke there is a disclaimer. You don’t need to be so salty.

Rubi
Rubi

January 31, 2016

when people are butt hurt and theres a disclaimer at the bottom.

Joe
Joe

December 15, 2015

I love all of the points that are actually completely wrong. Obviously this is opinionated from a person who has only really swam a season of recreational swim team. I swim on a year round professional swim team and am a registered swim USA swimmer. First off they state that the definition of a sport is “an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment.”. As the sport is an individual for individual events and a team sport for relays, swimming apply’s perfectly to all of these points. Secondly, they state “There’s hardly any physical exertion involved in swimming. Besides the fact you are suspended in a substance simulating Zero Gravity and have to use every muscle in your body to propel yourself forward. It’s just not that hard.” Go ask any person on a year round competitive swim team. Swimming is an extremely hard sport not only because of the physical exertion (which is dismissed in this article.) but the amount of technique and skill it takes is tremendous. Third “anyone can make the olympics”. Need I say more on this topic? The pyramid of meets and then having to meet the FINA A standards makes this point obsolete. There are bound to be people who are going to beat you. Fourth “Elite swimmers have incredible social lives, stay out late, and have plenty of time to play video games. So, no you really don’t need to give anything up at all!” This is a very confusing point to say because the author obviously is NOT an elite swimmer. Im only in 8th grade and I constantly am saying “I can’t I have swim practice.” I can’t I have a swim meet." “I can’t I have to do homework straight afterwards.” As swim team can usually last 2-4 hours depending on your team. The last point they made really is true. But that is because no one wants to do it because they 1. think its too hard. or 2. “think it’s a girl sport.” or 3. “Think it’s not a sport”. Now come one, swimming is one of the hardest sports and is very unrecognized. Ive spent countless times looking at my main set and going “ugh, 6×100′s or 3-4 200’s” and thats only one of the four sets I do. So, I hope that clears up some arguments people may have.

Jack
Jack

November 10, 2015

I got cancer from reading this

Taijlea
Taijlea

September 30, 2015

Swim is a spot you just don’t make ur personal best in one day. You have to keep practicing and doing your best to become better. It’s hard then it looks not everyone can be a swimmer. People may think that ever one can but you have to have a heart for swim, you have to love it and to be in it for your self. You get better each day but it takes time. Yes anyone can jump into a pool and swim. But not everyone can become a awesome swimmer. Swimming builds up all of your muscles because you use every single one of them. You have to push your self to become better if u don’t like swim you shouldn’t do swim your head, your heart,and ur everything has to be into swim.

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