Oh. My. God.
BMX racing, you are the best sport. All other sports need to stop trying (except baseball, hockey, football, basketball, tennis, and maybe badminton). This is a god damn video game. But real. I’m not exaggerating, look.
I 100 percent cannot tell the difference between the two. Kidding. Obviously, the difference is that the second one has motorcycles.
But, seriously (not that seriously), BMX racing is an Olympic sport. How amazing is that? I say that with absolutely no shred of irony whatsoever, which is very odd for me and I don’t know how I feel about it. I know I’ve gone on (and on and on and on) about random sports that I’ve fallen in love with during the Olympics but I think this one involves a little more sanity (and honesty) than, say, race walking.
I know it’s only been in the Olympics since 2008 so you can’t really call it a sport with a rich history at the Games but who cares? Look at it. I remember back in 2010 during the Winter Olympics being totally taken in by the Snowboard Cross races. It was a sport that seemed to be birthed by someone saying, “time trials are cool and all but what happens if we make them all race at the same time” and then making a Taco Bell run. It was fantastic, I could have watched it for days. I know that both BMX racing and Snowboard cross have been around since long before they were part of the Olympics but they weren’t really part of my purview because I’m ignorant to things that aren’t directly in front of me.
I do have a semi-serious point in all of this (shocking, I know) and that is that allowing sports like BMX racing into the Olympics is a smart move on the IOC’s part. Sport has evolved since the Olympics started. New ones are being invented all the time (I mean, the Skeleton is real a thing during the winter games) and, in this ADD world of ours, relevance is everything. There’s a certain charm to sports that were around during the first Olympiad, the Javelin is literally a sport seeing who can throw a spear the farthest, I think Zeus won the first one, but it’s nice to see that the Olympic Committee is actually willing to make room for sports that weren’t around when gladiatorial combat was appointment viewing. I totally understand why baseball is too much of a fringe sport to be part of the Olympics but at least they’re able to make some concessions to sports that wouldn’t otherwise get the exposure.
Will I be watching BMX racing once the Olympics are over? Probably not. But if it were to pop up on my TV while I’m changing channels I probably wouldn’t keep scrolling. If the Olympics are supposed to be a showcase of the best athletes in the world, why can’t it also be a showcase for the sports themselves? How many of us truly and honestly gave a shit about badminton before the games? I mean, I’m not going to watch it next week but the fact I watched it at all kind of amazes me. Same goes for handball or water polo or, hell, even women’s soccer. These are sports I probably wouldn’t have paid a second of attention to if not for the Olympics and found, despite myself, that I was enjoying the hell out of them. And, really, isn’t that kind of the point of this whole thing?
I approve of this development, Olympics. I say keep it up. Chess boxing in 2016.