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Re: Women to compete in decathlon?

Postby aaronk » Wed Apr 17, 2013 11:24 am

26mi235 wrote:The used to do the 220 yard hurdles when I was in high school (mid-60s). I think it is one of the WRs by Jesse Owens in his "Top 45 minutes of track and field history".

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Owens's greatest achievement came in a span of 45 minutes on May 25, 1935, during the Big Ten meet at Ferry Field in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he set three world records and tied a fourth. He equaled the world record for the 100 yard dash (9.4 seconds); and set world records in the long jump (26 ft 8 1⁄4 in or 8.13 m, a world record that would last 25 years); 220-yard (201.2 m) sprint (20.3 seconds); and 220-yard (201.2m) low hurdles (22.6 seconds, becoming the first to break 23 seconds).[4] In 2005, University of Central Florida professor of sports history Richard C. Crepeau chose these wins on one day as the most impressive athletic achievement since 1850


I graduated HS in 1962...and they were doing the 180 yard Low Hurdles then in HS.
I think the collegiates and the open races were run at 220 yards!
They ran the 110H and 400H too, but only on the world stage (OG, CG, EC, etc).
And the women were still doing 80H then!!

And weren't the 180's...if not the 220's...run all on the straightaway then??
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Re: Women to compete in decathlon?

Postby 18.99s » Wed Apr 17, 2013 11:25 am

ralmcg wrote:
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ralmcg wrote:The idea of a men's outdoor heptathlon would help in an equal playing field for both men and women.


And if it's turned into a 1-day competition it would create more opportunities for both men and women, with many more meets including it (even if 3 or 4 events are done in the morning with no crowd).


Sounds good in theory. The question is can anybody, man or woman, do seven events in one day without having one's health at risk.


You think seven events in one day is too much? Think about the one-hour decathlon: http://www.decathlon2000.com/eng/845/
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Re: Women to compete in decathlon?

Postby aaronk » Wed Apr 17, 2013 11:28 am

BTW, if the main deterrent to women trying the Decathlon is the PV.....then wouldn't it be the simple solution for women PV'ers to take up the Dec....and lead the way??

(So what if they can't run, jump, or throw!! :P )
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Re: Women to compete in decathlon?

Postby 26mi235 » Wed Apr 17, 2013 12:15 pm

Vaulters tend to be good all-around athletes because you need speed, strength, skill, coordination, balance ... and it helps to be fearless. However, I can not really recall any vaulters that were sprinters; the most common second event might be ten events - the decathlon. Hurdles seem more likely than the straight sprints.
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Re: Women to compete in decathlon?

Postby ralmcg » Wed Apr 17, 2013 12:45 pm

Does anybody know about any women's decathlons this year especially in the USA?
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Re: Women to compete in decathlon?

Postby Daisy » Wed Apr 17, 2013 12:59 pm

gh wrote:
Daisy wrote:
26mi235 wrote:icosathlon

Is this actually semi-offical?

we've been reporting it on and off (in small note fashion, to be sure) in the magazine since the '70s I believe.

Busted. I guess I don't read the small print :)
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Re: Women to compete in decathlon?

Postby gh » Wed Apr 17, 2013 1:00 pm

aaronk wrote:BTW, if the main deterrent to women trying the Decathlon is the PV.....then wouldn't it be the simple solution for women PV'ers to take up the Dec....and lead the way??

(So what if they can't run, jump, or throw!! :P )


Of course, but this is backwards. The problem is that existing heptathletes by and large find the vault anathema, so convincing them/their coaches that their world is about to undergo a quantum change (not to mention adding another technically difficult event, the discus) is a very hard sell.
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Re: Women to compete in decathlon?

Postby aaronk » Wed Apr 17, 2013 1:54 pm

gh wrote:
aaronk wrote:BTW, if the main deterrent to women trying the Decathlon is the PV.....then wouldn't it be the simple solution for women PV'ers to take up the Dec....and lead the way??

(So what if they can't run, jump, or throw!! :P )


Of course, but this is backwards. The problem is that existing heptathletes by and large find the vault anathema, so convincing them/their coaches that their world is about to undergo a quantum change (not to mention adding another technically difficult event, the discus) is a very hard sell.


You got a point! (Several, in fact! :D )
But remember when the OG added the marathon?
The women could run no farther than 1500 until then (in the OG)....and suddenly, you had a wellspring of 26.2 milers suddenly appear.....ready to race!!

Methinks that if you put the carrot (the Dec for women) out there, the horses (errrr...the gals!! :oops: ) will follow!
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Re: Women to compete in decathlon?

Postby 18.99s » Wed Apr 17, 2013 2:03 pm

aaronk wrote:You got a point! (Several, in fact! :D )
But remember when the OG added the marathon?


When they added the women's marathon, they didn't remove any other women's event. They even added another event, the 3000m.

But adding the decathlon will remove the heptathlon. That's where the resistance lies. It would have taken much longer to add the women's marathon if it meant removing the 1500m.
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Re: Women to compete in decathlon?

Postby 26mi235 » Wed Apr 17, 2013 2:22 pm

By the time they added the marathon, the marks were already down to 2:21 (run before or after the Games? by IK) and 2:24 (JB, OG) or so. [JB just ran 2:50 at age 50++.]
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Re: Women to compete in decathlon?

Postby 18.99s » Wed Apr 17, 2013 2:25 pm

26mi235 wrote:By the time they added the marathon, the marks were already down to 2:21 (run before or after the Games? by IK) and 2:24 (JB, OG) or so. [JB just ran 2:50 at age 50++.]


That's another point. For several years there had already been numerous marathons outside of the Olympics for women to compete in. But the women's decathlon is rarely held anywhere.
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Re: Women to compete in decathlon?

Postby tgs3 » Wed Apr 17, 2013 2:32 pm

aaronk wrote:Methinks that if you put the carrot (the Dec for women) out there, the horses (errrr...the gals!! :oops: ) will follow!


Some might, but most likely the event would feature a lot of youngsters in the early years. If there was an announcement made that women were switching to the decathlon in 2017, I think you'd see a lot of current heptathletes retiring earlier than they normally would have after the games in Rio.
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Re: Women to compete in decathlon?

Postby marknhj » Wed Apr 17, 2013 2:33 pm

Am I alone here in having zero desire to see the multi-event women in a decathlon? Firstly, I find the heptathlon much more interesting from a spectator point-of-view than the decathlon (based on the elite seeming to be better in depth in more of the disciples - written knowing the stat freaks will now show me to be wrong - and it's more compact and spectator friendly); secondly, the thought of enduring a PV competition for non-PVers just sounds awful. For at least a decade many will be jumping at ludicrously low heights and even some the world's very best will be made to look like total amateurs. It'll be as interesting as watching the decathlon 1500m is now. And what about the discus? That will be awful too.

I fully support the elite athletes and their coaches wanting nothing to do with it. In fact, let's take the men down to the octathlon outdoors.
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Re: Women to compete in decathlon?

Postby ralmcg » Wed Apr 17, 2013 3:02 pm

marknhj wrote:Am I alone here in having zero desire to see the multi-event women in a decathlon? Firstly, I find the heptathlon much more interesting from a spectator point-of-view than the decathlon (based on the elite seeming to be better in depth in more of the disciples - written knowing the stat freaks will now show me to be wrong - and it's more compact and spectator friendly); secondly, the thought of enduring a PV competition for non-PVers just sounds awful. For at least a decade many will be jumping at ludicrously low heights and even some the world's very best will be made to look like total amateurs. It'll be as interesting as watching the decathlon 1500m is now. And what about the discus? That will be awful too.

I fully support the elite athletes and their coaches wanting nothing to do with it. In fact, let's take the men down to the octathlon outdoors.

That makes it more imperative to have more women's decathlons, culminating in the World Championships and the Olympics. The sooner it starts the sooner the women decathletes will be good pole vaulter and discus throwers. Besides, what events will there be in the octathlon, since the same will be done by both men and women.
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Re: Women to compete in decathlon?

Postby marknhj » Wed Apr 17, 2013 3:21 pm

ralmcg wrote:That makes it more imperative to have more women's decathlons, culminating in the World Championships and the Olympics. The sooner it starts the sooner the women decathletes will be good pole vaulter and discus throwers. Besides, what events will there be in the octathlon, since the same will be done by both men and women.


The first Olympic decathlon was held 110 years ago and many men are still crap at the 1500m, PV and discus (for example). So we should have a women's decathlon asap so by 2117 AD some of them may not be too bad at the PV?

Seriously though, at a time when it may be a good idea to try to make the sport more user friendly, do we really want to make some of the best women athletes in history look like school kids? I don't.
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Re: Women to compete in decathlon?

Postby ralmcg » Wed Apr 17, 2013 3:41 pm

marknhj wrote:
ralmcg wrote:That makes it more imperative to have more women's decathlons, culminating in the World Championships and the Olympics. The sooner it starts the sooner the women decathletes will be good pole vaulter and discus throwers. Besides, what events will there be in the octathlon, since the same will be done by both men and women.


The first Olympic decathlon was held 110 years ago and many men are still crap at the 1500m, PV and discus (for example). So we should have a women's decathlon asap so by 2117 AD some of them may not be too bad at the PV?

Seriously though, at a time when it may be a good idea to try to make the sport more user friendly, do we really want to make some of the best women athletes in history look like school kids? I don't.

So you say that women shouldn't do the decathlon because some athletes will not look like world-class athletes in the pole vault and other events. As you said not all male decathletes are world-class in some events but that doesn't stop the decathlon from being held. It shouldn't stop women from competing.
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Re: Women to compete in decathlon?

Postby Per Andersen » Wed Apr 17, 2013 4:33 pm

I like the Heptathlon and if the women don't want to switch I am with them.
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Re: Women to compete in decathlon?

Postby Pego » Wed Apr 17, 2013 4:46 pm

I am with Mark and Per.
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Re: Women to compete in decathlon?

Postby gh » Wed Apr 17, 2013 5:01 pm

Methinks that the only way to convince women (and their coaches) to insert the decathlon would be to have an Olympics and the following World Champs with both a hept and a dec.

If the IAAF announced today that Rio '16 and London '17 would have both events, you'd get a bifurcation whereby the stars of today could finish out their multi careers, if they wished, on a high note with a maximal hept. Those who want to go the other way can do the new dec in those years.

With '18 a no OG/WC year, that gives the hept-choosers a year in which to work the extra events, and in '19 wherever you have only the dec. (this system also has '14 as a no WC/OG year, so anybody who wants to switch to the '15 dec also has an "off year" in which to train for it)
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Re: Women to compete in decathlon?

Postby ralmcg » Wed Apr 17, 2013 9:58 pm

To those who want to keep the heptathlon as the women's multi-event I would like to know why the women should compete in fewer events than men? Would it seem that the women have it easier than men and therefore seem to be weaker? That is the whole point of why women should do the decathlon. To prove, at least to themselves, that they can handle ten events, like the men.
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Re: Women to compete in decathlon?

Postby Per Andersen » Wed Apr 17, 2013 10:26 pm

ralmcg wrote:To those who want to keep the heptathlon as the women's multi-event I would like to know why the women should compete in fewer events than men? Would it seem that the women have it easier than men and therefore seem to be weaker? That is the whole point of why women should do the decathlon. To prove, at least to themselves, that they can handle ten events, like the men.

They don't have to prove a thing. As you know they also use a 4kg shot. Do you want them to go with the 16 pounder to see if they can handle it like the men?
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Re: Women to compete in decathlon?

Postby ralmcg » Thu Apr 18, 2013 4:49 am

Per Andersen wrote:
ralmcg wrote:To those who want to keep the heptathlon as the women's multi-event I would like to know why the women should compete in fewer events than men? Would it seem that the women have it easier than men and therefore seem to be weaker? That is the whole point of why women should do the decathlon. To prove, at least to themselves, that they can handle ten events, like the men.

They don't have to prove a thing. As you know they also use a 4kg shot. Do you want them to go with the 16 pounder to see if they can handle it like the men?

Thanks for saying that women are strong, capable athletes when they do the heptathlon. It would be interesting to see the women throw a 16-pound shot, although the throws won't be as long as those with a 4kg shot.
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Re: Women to compete in decathlon?

Postby user4 » Thu Apr 18, 2013 5:26 am

Please allow me to repeat myself, I would not mind seeing a 10 event womens multi-event but please do not force me to endure the same events as the men. Give me at least a 5000m race and of course toss in the PV. Races: 200m/800m/5000m; jumps: HJ/LJ/TJ/PV (yes all the jumps, jumping is has an aesthetically feminine appeal); hurdles 100mH/400mH (hurdling is both graceful and technically demanding), Throws: only the javelin please; This is just a suggestion, there is much room for compromise and give and take. Im all ears...

Another suggestion for both the mens and womens multi-event. They must get ride of the 3 try rule.... If there is one thing that the multi-event competition should test it is the athlete's raw intuitive preparation and mental discipline. Getting 3 tries goes against everything the multis should be, IMHO. Make it one single try or maybe two and that is it ...Two fouls and you are gone. Also make the event a sun-up to sun-down competition. Dispense with this two day competition thing.
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Re: Women to compete in decathlon?

Postby 26mi235 » Thu Apr 18, 2013 5:44 am

Specialist in the throws get six attempts in major competitions while those that do not get to practice much should have one or two, and where they have to do this in three events, any of which if getting a foul puts them out of the competition. This is without a doubt, the suggestions for the multis that is the worst I have ever heard. All of the throws would be safety throws with distances that are about 20% shorter than you now get. Many competitions would lose several of the top athletes, making a mockery of the competition -- the winner this time was the seventh-ranked athlete (and improvement on last time when the champion was the twelfth best)... It would also invalidate all prior records.
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Re: Women to compete in decathlon?

Postby ralmcg » Thu Apr 18, 2013 5:50 am

user4 wrote:Please allow me to repeat myself, I would not mind seeing a 10 event womens multi-event but please do not force me to endure the same events as the men. Give me at least a 5000m race and of course toss in the PV. Races: 200m/800m/5000m; jumps: HJ/LJ/TJ/PV (yes all the jumps, jumping is has an aesthetically feminine appeal); hurdles 100mH/400mH (hurdling is both graceful and technically demanding), Throws: only the javelin please; This is just a suggestion, there is much room for compromise and give and take. Im all ears...

Another suggestion for both the mens and womens multi-event. They must get ride of the 3 try rule.... If there is one thing that the multi-event competition should test it is the athlete's raw intuitive preparation and mental discipline. Getting 3 tries goes against everything the multis should be, IMHO. Make it one single try or maybe two and that is it ...Two fouls and you are gone. Also make the event a sun-up to sun-down competition. Dispense with this two day competition thing.

The decathlon you are suggesting is one looking for the best "feminine" athlete which it should not be. Women's decathlon should look for the best all-around female athlete and if that means some of the events they have to do are "masculine" so be it.
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Re: Women to compete in decathlon?

Postby user4 » Thu Apr 18, 2013 7:55 am

26mi235 wrote:Specialist in the throws get six attempts in major competitions while those that do not get to practice much should have one or two, and where they have to do this in three events, any of which if getting a foul puts them out of the competition. This is without a doubt, the suggestions for the multis that is the worst I have ever heard. All of the throws would be safety throws with distances that are about 20% shorter than you now get. Many competitions would lose several of the top athletes, making a mockery of the competition -- the winner this time was the seventh-ranked athlete (and improvement on last time when the champion was the twelfth best)... It would also invalidate all prior records.


Ill compromise with you and settle for two throws, that is it. Take your warm up time seriously.
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Re: Women to compete in decathlon?

Postby lonewolf » Thu Apr 18, 2013 8:32 am

I would be more concerned about a one or two jump limit in the Dec LJ than in the throws.
You would see nothing but tentative safe jumps.
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Re: Women to compete in decathlon?

Postby user4 » Thu Apr 18, 2013 9:15 am

ralmcg wrote:
user4 wrote:Please allow me to repeat myself, I would not mind seeing a 10 event womens multi-event but please do not force me to endure the same events as the men. Give me at least a 5000m race and of course toss in the PV. Races: 200m/800m/5000m; jumps: HJ/LJ/TJ/PV (yes all the jumps, jumping is has an aesthetically feminine appeal); hurdles 100mH/400mH (hurdling is both graceful and technically demanding), Throws: only the javelin please; This is just a suggestion, there is much room for compromise and give and take. Im all ears...

Another suggestion for both the mens and womens multi-event. They must get ride of the 3 try rule.... If there is one thing that the multi-event competition should test it is the athlete's raw intuitive preparation and mental discipline. Getting 3 tries goes against everything the multis should be, IMHO. Make it one single try or maybe two and that is it ...Two fouls and you are gone. Also make the event a sun-up to sun-down competition. Dispense with this two day competition thing.

The decathlon you are suggesting is one looking for the best "feminine" athlete which it should not be. Women's decathlon should look for the best all-around female athlete and if that means some of the events they have to do are "masculine" so be it.


OK, Ill include the shot throw.. make it 5 lbs and let it be tossed any way the athlete chooses.
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Re: Women to compete in decathlon?

Postby ralmcg » Thu Apr 18, 2013 1:22 pm

user4 wrote:
OK, Ill include the shot throw.. make it 5 lbs and let it be tossed any way the athlete chooses.

Oh the women are so dainty that 5 lbs. is the heaviest they can throw. (Sarcasm ended) By the way women's shot weighs 4 kilograms (about 8.8 lbs.) so they are throwing heavier shots than you would allow.
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Re: Women to compete in decathlon?

Postby eldanielfire » Thu Apr 18, 2013 2:02 pm

ralmcg wrote:
user4 wrote:Please allow me to repeat myself, I would not mind seeing a 10 event womens multi-event but please do not force me to endure the same events as the men. Give me at least a 5000m race and of course toss in the PV. Races: 200m/800m/5000m; jumps: HJ/LJ/TJ/PV (yes all the jumps, jumping is has an aesthetically feminine appeal); hurdles 100mH/400mH (hurdling is both graceful and technically demanding), Throws: only the javelin please; This is just a suggestion, there is much room for compromise and give and take. Im all ears...

Another suggestion for both the mens and womens multi-event. They must get ride of the 3 try rule.... If there is one thing that the multi-event competition should test it is the athlete's raw intuitive preparation and mental discipline. Getting 3 tries goes against everything the multis should be, IMHO. Make it one single try or maybe two and that is it ...Two fouls and you are gone. Also make the event a sun-up to sun-down competition. Dispense with this two day competition thing.

The decathlon you are suggesting is one looking for the best "feminine" athlete which it should not be. Women's decathlon should look for the best all-around female athlete and if that means some of the events they have to do are "masculine" so be it.


Reality check, if a sport makes women seem masculine it will be mocked and unpopular. or the athletes will and women will choose not to do it lowering the quality and competitiveness.

The women's Heptathlon seems to have had more focus and attention than the men's Decathlon over the years with the women mostly becoming more famous athletes and ore watched than their 10 event counter parts. Sometimes less is more and people may well find the decathlon less enjoyable than the Heptathlon. I personally would love a Pent (done over 1 day), Hep and Dec multi-events all having world and Olympic medals encouraging more multi-eventers and multi-eventers of differing strengths. However this won't happy because the IOC won't allow more Olympic medals for athletics.
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Re: Women to compete in decathlon?

Postby ralmcg » Thu Apr 18, 2013 4:31 pm

eldanielfire wrote:
Reality check, if a sport makes women seem masculine it will be mocked and unpopular. or the athletes will and women will choose not to do it lowering the quality and competitiveness.

You may be right but who would mock the women who would seem "masculine"? Male chauvinists and women who cling to traditional sex roles? They shouldn't dictate what should be acceptable to women athletes. Besides the women doing these sports are not doing it to attract mates, who would be mostly men.
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Re: Women to compete in decathlon?

Postby 26mi235 » Thu Apr 18, 2013 7:43 pm

eldanielfire wrote:Reality check, if a sport makes women seem masculine it will be mocked and unpopular. or the athletes will and women will choose not to do it lowering the quality and competitiveness.


Yea, Jess was reviled almost everywhere she went last year, and Valerie is an embarrassment even in her home town.
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Re: Women to compete in decathlon?

Postby ralmcg » Thu Apr 18, 2013 10:46 pm

26mi235 wrote:
eldanielfire wrote:Reality check, if a sport makes women seem masculine it will be mocked and unpopular. or the athletes will and women will choose not to do it lowering the quality and competitiveness.


Yea, Jess was reviled almost everywhere she went last year, and Valerie is an embarrassment even in her home town.

That's a good sarcastic remark, 26mi235. Although some may not like them being in "masculine" events the general feeling for them was, and still is, positive.

To eldanielfire, what events in track and field would make women seem "masculine"?
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Re: Women to compete in decathlon?

Postby ralmcg » Fri Apr 19, 2013 8:45 am

To those who wonder why I put "masculine" and "feminine" in quotes, it is because they are social constructs since different people have different viewpoints on what is "masculine" and what is "feminine"

One other thing. Not playing a sport because it would not be attractive to potential mates is a poor reason not to engage in a sport a person likes
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Re: Women to compete in decathlon?

Postby 26mi235 » Fri Apr 19, 2013 1:44 pm

ralmcg wrote:
26mi235 wrote:
eldanielfire wrote:Reality check, if a sport makes women seem masculine it will be mocked and unpopular. or the athletes will and women will choose not to do it lowering the quality and competitiveness.


Yea, Jess was reviled almost everywhere she went last year, and Valerie is an embarrassment even in her home town.

That's a good sarcastic remark, 26mi235. Although some may not like them being in "masculine" events the general feeling for them was, and still is, positive.

To eldanielfire, what events in track and field would make women seem "masculine"?


Just to be clear, I was countering the prior comment and highlighted to great Gold Medal winners from London. Does it matter if they seem too masculine for you (eldanielfire)? Why should the whole sport cling to the sort of thinking that kept women out of sports completely when I was in high school and diminished their opportunities for a long time in track and field?
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Re: Women to compete in decathlon?

Postby aaronk » Fri Apr 19, 2013 6:25 pm

Want women to avoid "masculinity" in a potential Women's Dec??
I got just the solution.
Here's a VERY feminine 10 events:

1. 1500 baby stroller walk.
2. High Jump.....into a bubble bath.
3. Posing for an ELLE ad....with a discus in your hand.
4. Sipping chamomile tea....instead of Gatorade.
5. Burning your bra.......No, wait!!.....LADIES don't BURN their bra's, they WEAR them!!
6. 100 Hurdles.....but being allowed to crawl THROUGH them....not go OVER them!!
7. Pole Vault. (You've GOT to be kidding!!!)
8. 200 meter JOG.
9. Marrying an ESPN T&F analyst.....not wanting to BE one!!
10. WATCHING the MEN'S Decathlon in the Rio OG.

NOTE: The above is 100% facetious and satirical!! I FULLY SUPPORT a REAL Women's Decathlon!!
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Re: Women to compete in decathlon?

Postby ralmcg » Fri Apr 19, 2013 8:48 pm

aaronk wrote:Want women to avoid "masculinity" in a potential Women's Dec??
I got just the solution.
Here's a VERY feminine 10 events:

1. 1500 baby stroller walk.
2. High Jump.....into a bubble bath.
3. Posing for an ELLE ad....with a discus in your hand.
4. Sipping chamomile tea....instead of Gatorade.
5. Burning your bra.......No, wait!!.....LADIES don't BURN their bra's, they WEAR them!!
6. 100 Hurdles.....but being allowed to crawl THROUGH them....not go OVER them!!
7. Pole Vault. (You've GOT to be kidding!!!)
8. 200 meter JOG.
9. Marrying an ESPN T&F analyst.....not wanting to BE one!!
10. WATCHING the MEN'S Decathlon in the Rio OG.

NOTE: The above is 100% facetious and satirical!! I FULLY SUPPORT a REAL Women's Decathlon!!

That post made me laugh. It was a small laugh, not a hearty laugh.
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Re: Women to compete in decathlon?

Postby eldanielfire » Sat Apr 20, 2013 2:22 am

ralmcg wrote:
eldanielfire wrote:
Reality check, if a sport makes women seem masculine it will be mocked and unpopular. or the athletes will and women will choose not to do it lowering the quality and competitiveness.

You may be right but who would mock the women who would seem "masculine"? Male chauvinists and women who cling to traditional sex roles? They shouldn't dictate what should be acceptable to women athletes. Besides the women doing these sports are not doing it to attract mates, who would be mostly men.


They aren't doing it to attract males, but they do have life's outside the sport, self image etc. Do you honestly think teenage girls will enter or continue with sports if they think it makes them more manly?


26mi235 wrote:
eldanielfire wrote:Reality check, if a sport makes women seem masculine it will be mocked and unpopular. or the athletes will and women will choose not to do it lowering the quality and competitiveness.


Yea, Jess was reviled almost everywhere she went last year, and Valerie is an embarrassment even in her home town.


Ennis doesn't look masculine at all and is a great influence in having a great idealised role model for an athletic feminine body. I hate models and love athletic women myself , but I'm not the issue, I'm simply pointing out the reality of the world, not forcing my own blinkered idealised vision of how things should be even though they are nothing like that. Even Jess Ennis admitted she refused to train at times earlier in her life when she thought her muscles were getting to big. It's already an issue and being dense and utterly refusing to accept the thought that young women do have about their bodies won't make it magically go away.

Just because image should be irrelevant that doesn't mean it isn't. People aren't simply sports machines who dedicate themselves to sport and the rest of their lives don't exist. All parts of your life impact on the rest, sometime significantly.
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Re: Women to compete in decathlon?

Postby ralmcg » Sat Apr 20, 2013 3:07 am

eldanielfire, I will agree that women athletes are more than just athletes. They are complete human beings with other interests. I would still tell the women athletes to participate in "masculine" sports. The worry of being too muscular and not getting dates shouldn't deter them from doing what they enjoy. Besides not every man thinks that women with some muscles are gross and not worthy to go on a date with.
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Re: Women to compete in decathlon?

Postby eldanielfire » Sat Apr 20, 2013 3:22 am

ralmcg wrote:eldanielfire, I will agree that women athletes are more than just athletes. They are complete human beings with other interests. I would still tell the women athletes to participate in "masculine" sports. The worry of being too muscular and not getting dates shouldn't deter them from doing what they enjoy. Besides not every man thinks that women with some muscles are gross and not worthy to go on a date with.


That is the problem. You think how you see things. Women's self image isn't about who they can date or what their boyfriend will think of them, that sort of ignorant opinion is why there are so many ignorant and inaccurate opinions stated on what women should do about their bodies on this thread. Image is far more important to women, by individualised need or external projection, than it is for men. The fact you equate it to what men think of them means you should really read-up on a very complex and powerful issue that takes root in historical perception, societal expectations, expectations from their own sex, hormones and the dramatic physical changes that occur in women through puberty, considerably more dramatic than their male counter parts.
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