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I have definitely enjoyed this year's Olympic Games...when I've been able to watch them. But if we can have dressage and race walking, I think there are a number of games that would be inexpensive and simple to include that would increase interest and appeal both in younger Americans, and also among people all across the world.

This video is like 10% tongue in cheek, but for the most part, I actually stand by these suggestions. Maybe not in 2020, maybe not in 2024, but someday.

My a capella Hobbit Drinking Songs video with Peter Hollens is here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUKjJn0rOec

Pronunciation of GIF
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRe8HtJ7q6o

Video Sources and information:
Sepak Takraw: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfmedg6woKE

Wushu: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wcpk0QHACIQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgckPXFFBGQ

Mounted Archery: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N74qqTWuwtk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gumuNn2PAQo

Ultra-Running: Ethan Newberry’s documentary “Wonderland”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RH4Zq6j0hZQ

Parkour: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GsE1WsObpSk

Darts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMmili62Y-U

Headis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skxagVPbVro
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxgnCjgEQTs

Kabaddi Highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNCNXXqv3aI

Kabaddi Rules: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfvcAMFpuEg

Kite Fighting Chirag Pandya, Montreal: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpFwvmEllos

Cheer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7X7WyLDzjM


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Good morning John. I love the Olympics - I love its internationality, I love its history, I love a chance to celebrate with friends and I like watching humans do extraordinary things. 

But I also have my problems with the Olympics. For example, they seem to have absolutely no idea how people currently consume media. Like, we can talk about them banning GIFs, we can talk about their "social media opening ceremony with Ryan Seacrest" or we can talk about how it's impossible to watch the Olympics on the internet without a cable subscription, which most young people rightly recognize as a really bad investment.

But I think if the Olympic Games can correctly imagine how media works right now, there's a bigger opportunity that's being missed. The Olympics needs to understand itself and share itself as a massively parallel viewing experience with lots, I mean tons, of different things happening all at the same time. And with distribution and production costs dropping like a rock, I think that's super, totally possible - all they need is a ton of new, interesting and weird events. So here are 17 sports that I think absolutely 100% should be added to the Olympic Games.

Number 1: Sepak takraw, a mind bending game native to South East Asia that's basically volleyball except played without hands. Every spike, volley, serve and block is done with the head, torso and legs, and this game is, like, 90% bicycle kicks - it's so cool and I want it to be celebrated.

Number 2: Tug of war. Now, I know this might seem a little bit silly but, in fact, it used to be an Olympic sport a mere 100 years ago. It's a fun team sport with simple as dirt rules that I, frankly, would love watching every 4 years.

Number 3: Wushu. You can think of this as like gymnastics, but also fighting. Wushu is complex and beautiful and difficult to understand fully, but very easy to enjoy with both combat versions and an exhibition version.

Number 4: Cricket! I don't know anything about cricket except that it's the second most popular game in the entire world and it's not in the Olympics and that's dumb.

Number 5: Super dope secret handshakes.

Number 6: I don't really think that BattleBots is exactly the thing that I wanna see, but the ability to build and operate robots that destroy other robots - it's something that I would like to see people able to get a gold medal in. It's... yeah.

Number 7: A cappella singing, which I'm probably just mentioning because Peter Hollens just released a collab video that I did with him, singing Hobbit drinking songs and it's really great and I'm really proud of it. And there's a link in the description.

Number 8: Kite fighting. Using kite strings coated in finely ground glass, this South Asian sport pits kite-flyers against each other with the goal of cutting the other person's kite string. The sport is popular from Afghanistan to Vietnam to Brazil.

Number 9: Ultrarunning. The longest race in the Olympics right now is the marathon, at just over 26 miles. Ultrarunners regularly race over 100 miles, sometimes with huge elevation gains. It's one of the most remarkable things that humans do.

Number 10: Cheer. Now, a lot of people belittle cheer leading, but it's pretty amazing these days and I love the idea of cheer teams cheering for entire nations rather than just schools or sports teams.

Number 11: Kabaddi. It's kind of full contact tag. Each team takes turns having an attacker raid the other side and they have to get in there and touch another person on the other side and then get back across their line without getting tackled.

Number 12: Parkour. Obviously.

Number 13: Darts. Because it's actually really amazing and it takes no new infrastructure.

Number 14: Headis. It's like table tennis but with soccer balls and your head - it's so great.

Number 15: League of Legends, because if the Olympics doesn't get into e-sports right now they're gonna lose an entire generation.

And finally, number 16: Mounted archery, because if you've got this and you've got this then you might as well have this. Yeah!

There are some things about the Olympics that are necessarily old-fashioned - the pageantry and the patriotism - and I don't think it should leave those things behind, but I do think that this wonderful and ancient tradition could do a lot to be more inclusive of the marvellous cultural diversity of our species and thanks to modern technology, I think it can be. Also, they should let us post GIFs on Tumblr and Twitter because come on!

John, I'll see you on Tuesday.

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