Should pole dancing be an Olympic sport?

Many people still automatically assume that pole dancing is provocative, sexy, and has no place outside of strip clubs. But determined enthusiasts are trying to take it to an entirely new venue: The Summer Olympics. Although a petition circulated by an association of pole-fitness competitors and entrepreneurs to get pole dancing included in the London Games was rejected by the International Olympic Committee, undaunted supporters are making another push for 2016. Can pole dancing shake its naughty reputation and earn recognition as a legitimate sport? Here's what you should know:

Do people really think pole dancing is a sport?
Some do, and it has undeniably emerged as a fitness craze. Participation has doubled over the last six years, pushing pole dancing out of the darkness of erotic dancing clubs and into gyms around the country, and all over the world. Serious pole dancers even compete in international competitions. "Nowadays there are very few who are training to perform in a strip club," Anjel Dust, an organizer at the California Pole Dance Championships, told LA Weekly last year. "It's all about fitness or competitions."

Who's pushing for it to be in the Olympics?
A group called the International Pole Sport Federation is one of the leading forces behind the effort. Tim Trautman, the organization's president, says the main obstacle to getting people to treat pole dancing as a legitimate sport is the enduring stereotype that it is something erotic dancers do as they peel off their clothes. "We have to take some of the eroticism out of the moves and also take off the high heels," Trautman says. "We're going to frame it as these are athletes that you're watching."

What else are enthusiasts doing to legitimize the sport?
The IPSF is hosting a pole dancing world championship in London, featuring competitors from 25 countries, just before the Olympics begin, in an effort to get on the International Olympic Committee's radar screen. The sport is also adopting newly established bylaws and an official pole-dancing rule book.

But, seriously, could pole dancing ever qualify?
Even some supporters know success won't come easy. "I think one day it should be an Olympic sport, says Jeannine Wikering, who placed third in the 2008 European pole-dancing championships. "But that will take time." Let's be honest, says CBS Sports. Pole fitness (or "vertical dancing"), though strenuous, might never be able to "tone down its sexy past" enough to make the Games.

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  • 8

    On the plus side, viewership for the Olympics would increase 10 fold.

    Tell me is this a woman's only event?
    - johnecash July 13, 2012, 2:59 pm
    If they separate the men and women parts, i guess it would be fine XD
    - Aorbous July 14, 2012, 12:34 am
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    I think it is just sexually. I know some girls that do poledancing just as a sport and of course it is really hard. But when she dances she has these costumes and really looks like a stripper to me. I told her she looks like a stripper because she wears a really short skirt and just a string under it and just a sports bra. And the poses are stripper poses to me. Spreading legs humping the pole wiggling her ass and so on.
    I dont think it should be on the olympics. I wouldnt stop fapping at all. Acrobatics are already bad. XD

    • Vans
    • July 13, 2012, 3:16 pm
    If its sexy its not a sport? Just wondering.
    - johnecash July 13, 2012, 3:22 pm
    lol no. But it is for sexuality only. At least it looks like it. Every pose looks like fucking. Humping the pole, humping the ground, wiggling with your ass, bending over, spread your legs and so on. I mean it does comes from the strippers and of course thats why it is sex only. Why dont they take stripping and fucking in the olympics? The same
    - Vans July 13, 2012, 3:37 pm
    I do not agree or disagree with you.
    I do think that what you are saying reminds me of Elvis and his dancing when he first hit the stage.
    Good points though.
    - johnecash July 13, 2012, 3:46 pm
    Well yea but you can start humping and call it a sport. It is not like that I am thinking oh god please no sex on tv or anything like that. I just dont think that sex should be an olympic discipline. They took many team sports out of the olympics, so I dont think they should start that stuff. Maybe if they had poses that arent there to make guys horny and give them money.
    - Vans July 13, 2012, 3:56 pm
    I must admit your response was not what I expected. Well done.
    - johnecash July 13, 2012, 4:00 pm
  • 3

    Too much information, not enough pictures.

    There are plenty pics online. This is a non fapping post.
    - johnecash July 13, 2012, 3:47 pm
    I sympathise with the flak you often cop on this site, but seriously, learn to take a fucking joke...
    - Jackylegs July 14, 2012, 5:26 am
    No worries here.
    - johnecash July 14, 2012, 8:40 pm
  • 3

    i will be like this the entire olympics if it goes through
    Fap Meme

  • 3

    Sorry, had to be done.

  • 3

    Johne, you dirty old bastard.

    • Ertrov
    • July 14, 2012, 2:45 am
    - johnecash July 14, 2012, 11:26 am
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    Didn't read, I can't be bothered right now, but I came to same hello Mr. Cash. Glad to see you are still alive.

    Thanks for the hi. Hope all is well during my leave.
    - johnecash July 13, 2012, 3:55 pm
  • 2

    If Pole Dancing ever gets into the Olympics, Shibari better be next.

    • Dawn
    • July 13, 2012, 8:29 pm
    I am not sure how sexual bondage could be a sport. Please explain?
    - johnecash July 14, 2012, 11:31 am
    Shibari is equal parts Sexual and Artistic, as is Pole Dancing.
    - Dawn July 14, 2012, 10:19 pm
    I do not disagree with the art part but being tied in a stress position is the same as the iron cross on the rings or some of the positions the pole dancers hold. The pole in my oppion is comparable to many gymnastic equipment that is used and I there fore applicable in my oppion.
    - johnecash July 15, 2012, 4:51 pm
    We can agree to that, however we also are taking into account the distinctly sexual history Pole Dancing and Shibari share.
    Our point was meant to be more on that side, we actually enjoy a lot of the artistic sports at play in the Olympics. However we have to argue, a lot of Shibari is oddly comfortable, not stressful in any way.

    Regardless, our stance is that Pole Dancing should not be an Olympic Sport due to it's sexual nature and history.
    - Dawn July 15, 2012, 7:05 pm
    So does ballroom dancing a real Olympic sport qualify in your eyes?
    - johnecash July 15, 2012, 11:23 pm
  • 2

    I'm sorry but HER NAME IS ANJEL DUST!??!? LOL

    Anyways, pole dancing would make the olympics a little easier to watch at least, so I say why not :D!

  • 2

    To be honest, I think that any event where artistic interpretation is involved should be banned from the Olympics. E.g. Diving, all forms of gymnastics etc.
    IMHO, they have no place in the Olympics. The Olympics should be about being the fastest, the strongest, the highest etc. For example, 100m is down to who is fastest, javelin is down to who car throw the furthest, high jump is about who can jump the highest.
    The moment artistic interpretation gets involved, I lose interest. Did anybody watch the gymnastics and/or diving in China 2008? If not I will explain, a quick google search has given me the results of the gymnastics, Chinese gymnasts won more gold medals than any other country won gold, silver or bronze. The Chinese won 11 gold, the next highest was USA with 2 golds.
    Coincedence? I think not.
    Diving, 7 out of the 8 diving gold medals were won by Chinese divers
    At the 2004 Athens Olympics, the Chinese also topped the diving table, but this time without so much dominance as before and in the gymnastics, China got 4 medals total. Compare that to the 18 gymnastics medals that they won in their own country.
    So to summarise... Events where artistic interpretation is taken into account should not be allowed in the Olympics. Pole dancing (or whatever the official name would be) would be yet another one of these events where judge bias will cause the results to be corrupted.
    So no, it should not become an Olympic sport.

    So uh TL;DR version you're a guy who wouldn't want Pole Dancing in the Olympics?

    Ha, Gaaaaaaaaay
    - MalverdeAl100 July 14, 2012, 1:10 am
    SLBV: The stance is that anything artistic where a clear winner can not be defined without interpretation should not be in the Olympics. Poledancing would be considered Artistic.
    - Dawn July 14, 2012, 1:28 am
    Still gay.
    - MalverdeAl100 July 14, 2012, 1:49 am
    Why is it gay? There would be mens events too. I can watch women pole dancing all over the internet if I want, I don't need it to be a competition on my tv.
    - TryThat July 14, 2012, 8:06 am
    Fair point.
    - johnecash July 14, 2012, 11:27 am
  • 1

    Now what country would get the gold and why?

    Idk but Russia seems like it would be a contender :)

    - casper667 July 14, 2012, 8:31 pm
    Does part of you not want to see the Iran or north Koreans offering to the almighty pole?
    - johnecash July 14, 2012, 8:39 pm
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