With the 2016 Summer Olympics rapidly approaching, cyclists the world wide are busily training. Cycling enthusiast websites and blogs have informed their followers to mark their calendars for August 6 – 20, for the Rio 2016 Olympic Road Race and Time Trial courses have officially been confirmed by the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee and the International Cycling Union (UCI). The American odds on favorites to medal are 22 year Taylor Phinney and 24 year old Tejay Van Garderen.
Besides the road race, there are other cycling events. There's Track Cycling, Mountain Biking, and BMX, where adults and semi-adults ride those kids' bikes, flying through the air, performing insane maneuvers. 19, Connor Fields is the American BMX favorite.
As you can see, most Olympic events are designed for younger competitors. Older Olympic hopefuls find it difficult, if not impossible, to compete.
However, there is an event that is gaining popularity—if not worldwide, certainly here in the United States. It's the sport of backpedaling.
The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) has been lobbying the International Olympic Committee (IOC) hard to add backpedaling to the list of new events, including golf and rugby sevens, starting in 2016 at the Rio Games.
But others countries are crying foul, testifying that the Americans have an unfair advantage, in that a good percentage of an entire American political party are "professional" backpedalers. They complain that it will be just like the 1992 American Dream Team of professional basketball players that included Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, and Magic Johnson. The rest of the world knew they were merely competing for silver.
Historic Olympic power house countries such as China and Russia tell the IOC that the party known as the Republicans are awash with professional backpedalers and therefore should not be eligible to compete, even accusing the U.S. of already appointing co-captains.
IOC Chairman Thomas Bach asked the "plaintiffs" to cite a few of these so-called professionals, and who might these co-captains be. The Chinese representative exclaimed that a Senator Mitch McConnell and a Congressman John Boehner were the co-captains as well as odds on favorites to win the Gold, even before it's an official event.
The Russian delegate added that there were too many to list, and that, every week, they appear to be adding to their roster. He said that this week alone has seen two more potential Olympians in Indiana Governor Mike Pence and Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson.
When asked how he discovered the additions of the two governors so quickly, the Russian explained that he looked it up on the new iPhone that he purchased at one of the three Apple stores in Moscow.
The IOC Chair looked confused and said "I don't understand how the delegate could purchase an Apple product in Russia being that the chairman of Apple, Tim Cook recently made such a fuss over some trumped up charge that the state called Indiana hates homosexuals. Mr. Cook must know how anti-gay Russia is." The Chairman said he thought Cook would have closed the Russian stores by now. Hmmm.
The Russian merely quipped, "You know those capitalist exploiters, always putting profit before the values they claim to have. In America I think they call them liberals. They claim to care, but it's just words. Apparently these American liberals are good at that."
So, at this juncture, I'm not sure the IOC will sanction the new event, but nevertheless, the United States will be ready. Although initial tryouts were in January at the Annual Republican Strategy Retreat, it seems with what may be many potential additions to the team, additional trials are scheduled for November 18 & 19, in Las Vegas at the Republicans Governors Association Annual Conference.
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